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19th June 1944

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Events On This Day

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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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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