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18th June 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,239 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 4 forces attack oil industries at Oslebshausen, Hamburg, and Misburg, dock area and city of Hamburg, airfields at Stade and Hassum, and various targets at Brunsbuttelkoog, Bremerhaven, Nordenham, and Helgoland, and V-weapon site at Watten. A total of 566 fighters fly uneventful escort to the heavy bomber missions, all returning safely to base. 11 heavy bombers are lost, 10 to antiaircraft fire and the other to unknown causes.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 130 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb fuel dumps at Foret d'Andaine and Conches and marshalling yards at Rennes and Meudon during the morning, and NOBALL targets in the afternoon. Fighters, in addition to escort duty, continue strafing and bombing rail lines, troop concentrations, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather grounds medium bombers and light bombers. Fighter-bombers and fighters are restricted to patrols, mainly over Piombino area and island of Elba, during which several gun positions, boats, and barges are hit.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina and Mogaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters bomb Yoyang and hit shipping and posts in Siang Chiang River delta area. P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack about 100 supply boats in lower Tungting Lake area, strafe cavalry forces between Siangyin and Changsha, and hit village just East of Changsha.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, continue to pound supplies and occupied areas along coast in Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets in Truk. A variety of fighters and bomber aircraft unload 18 tons of bombs on numerous targets around Rabaul. Fighters continue sweeps against targets along coastal areas of Bougainville.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin pound Nauru. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers stage through Eniwetok to bomb Truk.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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