Eighth Air Force. More than 1,100 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers, operating in 5 forces, attack targets
in Germany, including 2 plants producing hydrogen peroxide
(an ingredient in V-weapon
fuels), a chemical plant, 2 aircraft factories, 4 ball bearing
plants, 6 marshalling yards, 4 airfields, and a river dam.
Attacks in the Munich area are followed, within 90 minutes,
by Fifteenth Air Force attacks. 731 fighters, operating in
19 separate units, support the heavy bombers; 8 of these units
afterwards strafe ground targets, including parked aircraft,
locomotives and rolling stock, and road vehicles. 15 heavy
bombers and 7 fighters are lost. The heavy bombers claim destruction
of 6 aircraft, and the fighters claim 17 destroyed in aerial
combat and 39 on the ground.
Ninth Air Force. In the afternoon 262 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc
light bombers bomb bridges on the Loire and Seine and a fuel
dump at Bruz. Fighters provide escort and, though limited
by bad weather, hit rail lines and scattered enemy installations
and movements in Amiens Tours Chartres area and along Ghent
Twelfth Air Force. Weather again restricts medium bombers
operations, but in late afternoon B-26 Marauder medium bombers
hit bridges at Piacenza and Ostiglia. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers bomb bridge at Sassuolo. Fighter-bombers are limited
to a few railroad targets as United States is Fifth Army takes
Leghorn and moves North.
Fifteenth Air Force. More than 400 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb an ordnance depot, an aircraft
factory, a motor works, and an airfield in the Munich area.
P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly
more than 300 sorties in support. Enemy fighters opposition
is weak but flak is heavy and accurate. 16 United States aeroplanes
are shot down and several are missing.
Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Myitkyina area
and support ground forces near Kamaing. Myitkyina is also
bombed by 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.
Fourteenth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters hit shipping in Tungting Lake area, attack targets,
supply areas, and troop concentrations around Hengyang, bomb
radio station, storage facilities, and shipping at Changsha,
hit airfields at Siangtan, and sink about 15 sampans between
Changsha and Siangtan. 31 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
bomb and strafe Samshui town and dock area and hit several
troop compounds in Lienchiangkou vicinity. 4 P-40 fighters
over Northeast Indochina coast claim 25 junks sunk.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, striking in
2 waves, attack airfields on Yap. Several of the B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers become separated from the formations and bomb
Ngulu and Sorol Islands. Weather again cancels strikes on
Vogelkop Peninsula area. Fighter-bomber's hit stores, gun
positions, and targets along Dandriwad River and support Allied
ground forces in Sarmi Sawar sector.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters continue to bomb and strafe Tinian.
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