Eighth Air Force. 493 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Friedrichstrasse section
of Berlin, and 49 bomb port facilities at Kiel. 273 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers hit industrial area at Brunswick. 8 other heavy
bombers attack targets and last resort targets in Germany.
Enemy resistance is heavy, and 28 heavy bombers and 20 escort
fighters are lost. United States bombers and fighters claim
164 aircraft destroyed.
Ninth Air Force. About 290 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
bomb coastal defences, port area, railway battery, and NOBALL
targets in France. More than 125 others fail to bomb because
of extremely thick haze. About 300 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
dive-bomb targets in France.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers hit railroad bridges in Northeast Italy while light
bombers bomb ammunition dump. Fighter-bombers continue support
to Allied forces advancing rapidly North and West, blasting
road network in battle area, and hitting motor transport,
bridges, town areas, and targets, in areas around San Giovanni
Valdarno, Pastena, Vallecorsa, Terracina, Fondi, Pistoia and
Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers hit command targets, ports, and oil storage
in Northeast, Central, and North West Italy. Over 500 B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
hit railroad bridges at Latisana, Tagliamento, Casarsa della
Delizia, and Rimini, marshalling yards at Forli, Faenza, and
Bologna, oil storage at Porto Marghera, port and marshalling
yard at La Spezia, harbour at Leghorn, and harbour and rail
installations at Genoa. Fighters fly over 250 sorties in support.
These operations are notable for absence of fighters opposition.
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's again hit various targets in Arakan
area. A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's fly over 60 sorties against
villages South of Bishenpur and gun positions at Kanglatongbi.
A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 140 attack sorties
against various targets in the Mogaung Valley, concentrating
on gun positions in Myitkyina area. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers damage railroad tracks in Myingatha Saye area and
16 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields at Nawnghkio.
Fourteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighters support ground forces in Salween area at Chiangtso,
Watien, and Mamien Pass. 4 P-40 fighters knock out bridge
at Shweli, 13 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Puchi area, and
16 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters damage bridge
at Tayeh and hit military installations and other buildings
at Yangsin. 11 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb village near
Anking, causing large explosions and fires. 2 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers on sea sweep seriously damage 2 freighters South
of Hong Kong. 16 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) P-40
fighters pound trucks, tanks, and troops in Ichang Tangyang,
Loyang area and attack river traffic at Itu on the Yangtze
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-38
Lightning fighters hit airfields and shipping in Manokwari
Noemfoor Island area. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound
beach defences at Bosnik on Biak Island and hit area between
Bosnik and Mokmer. 270 A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and B-2B's continue to
blast Wewak, knocking out radar and radio stations, and attack
targets from Wewak to Hansa Bay area.
Thirteenth Air Force. More than 40 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and
P-40 fighters hit Makada Island. 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb gun positions and supply area at Talili Bay. 20 Army
Air Force fighters and a few Navy aeroplanes bomb huts and
bridges at Monoitu, Porton, Toborei, Moisuru, and Tsimba.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers based at Engebi hit Ponape and B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru.
Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies armed reconnaissance over
Shimushu and Ketoi Islands.
Launched 19 May 1944
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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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