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19th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. 50th and 53d Troop Carrier Wings, on loan to Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF) to participate in invasion of South France, are ordered to return to United Kingdom. No IX Bomber Command operations. Fighters cover ground forces in battle areas and fly armed reconnaissance long Seine River and surrounding areas and in wide areas around Paris, Orleans, and Tours.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit marshalling yards while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb road and rail bridges throughout Southeast France. Fighter-bombers and fighters continue to pound enemy command North and West of beachhead and guns in the immediate battle area as United States Seventh Army's Task Force Butler crosses Durance River and moves North to Sisteron and Digne.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bombing Ploesti area for fourth consecutive day, 65 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers supported by 125 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast 2 oil refineries.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces South West of Thaikwagon. 4 others strafe trucks carrying troops between Bhamo and Myothit.

Fourteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Puchi, severely damaging warehouse area. 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Sienning. 3 hit railroad tracks and runway North of Hengyang. More than 70 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack river shipping, troops, trucks, and other targets at or near Pengtse, Hengyang, Chaling, Yoyang, Siangtan, and Changsha.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Weather restricts operations. P-40 fighters bomb port of Napido. P-39 fighters bomb and strafe coastal positions along West shore of Geelvink Bay. A-20 Havoc light bombers operating in force in support of ground troops pound targets in Sawar Sarmi sector. P-39 fighters support ground forces in Wewak area.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb installations on Anatahan and drop fire bombs on Tinian to aid ground forces in mopping up operations.

Eleventh Air Force. A weather sortie and a 4-plane shipping sweep are flown with negative results.

R218 R-boat
Sunk 19 August 1944

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