Eighth Air Force. During the morning 259 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb
airfields at Cazaux, Bordeaux, Merignac and Landes de Bussac,
and landing strip at Corme Ecluse. Bad weather causes nearly
200 aborts among the heavy bombers and prevents nearly 200
fighters from effecting rendezvous and providing escort for
the bombers. 217 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers manage to complete escort missions. On another
morning mission, 201 heavy bombers bomb 17 V-weapon
sites in Pas de Calais area. None of the heavy bombers or
the 95 escorting P-38 Lightning fighters are lost. In the
afternoon, 270 heavy bombers bomb 18 V-weapon
sites, including most of those bombed in the morning mission.
A P-38 Lightning fighters group, after completing escort duty,
dive-bombs and strafes transportation targets in North East
France, destroying a locomotive and 3 barges. Losses during
the day amount to 7 heavy bombers and 16 fighters.
Ninth Air Force. Airfield at Cardonville, the first United
States field in France, becomes operational. Around 200 fighters
carry out uneventful armed reconnaissance and patrols in the
morning, and dive-bomb 6 NOBALL targets in the afternoon.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather again grounds light bombers and
medium bombers. Fighter-bombers of 87th Fighter Wing support
French forces which complete occupation of island of Elba
during afternoon. Fighter-bombers of the 87th and other units
of XII Tactical Air Command hit railroads, gun emplacements,
factory, and shipping in and North of battle area at scattered
points in countryside and in and near towns of Pontedera,
Leghorn, Sestri Levante, and Viareggio.
Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers complete ammunition run to Imphal.
33 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and P-40 fighters strike Myitkyina, Mogaung, and Pinbaw.
Fourteenth Air Force. Approximately 150 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and 8 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers again pound a variety of targets throughout Tungting
Lake area. Targets include much shipping from Siangyin to
Chuchou, and at various points along Siang Chiang River, villages
and compounds between Yiyang and Changsha, and boats and river
area at Anking. 18 P-40 fighters damage 2 bridges and destroy
about 20 fuel trucks at Yuncheng. On Salween front 15 P-40
fighters hit trucks and military installations. 4 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb Kengluang bridge.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). Over 100 United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers
maintain strikes along coast around Wewak, hitting supply
and bivouac areas, roads, personnel, and a coastal gun position.
A-20 Havoc light bombers hit airfields at Manokwari, Noemfoor
Island, and Moemi. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit forces
in Cape Orford region. Heavy bombers bomb Dublon and Eten.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, strike
Truk. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein and B-25
Mitchell medium bombers out of Makin pound Ponape.
Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed photo reconnaissance
over Paramushiru and bomb Suribachi area with unobserved results.
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