The Warsaw Uprising begins.
Eighth Air Force. 191 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers drop supplies to French
interior forces; 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups furnish
escort. 75 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields
at Tours escort is flown by 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
group. 387 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers escorted by
1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group attack 5 airfields and
a railway bridge in area South and South West of Paris. A
fourth force of B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers (320) is
dispatched to bomb targets in Paris. Bad weather causes over
100 aborts but 219 planes bomb 4 airfields, 5 bridges, railway
facilities and a rail and highway junction, mostly targets.
3 fighters groups provide support. The fifth force of 100
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, sent against 8 V-weapon
sites in North West France, runs afoul of bad weather which
causes multiple aborts. 34 of the planes manage to bomb 3
sites. Another force of 156 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is
dispatched against 7 V-weapon
sites in same area plus oil storage depot at Rouen. Bad weather
prevents attacks on the sites but 85 heavy bombers bomb the
oil depot and railroad junction nearby. 4 fighters groups
strafe rail and ground vehicles during course of day's actions.
5 bombers and 3 fighters are lost during the day.
Ninth Air Force. XIX Tactical Air Command becomes operational
in conjunction with the United States Third Army on the Continent.
The Ninth's fighters and fighter-bomber groups (Ninth Air
Force refers to them collectively as fighter-bomber groups)
are divided between IX and XIX Tactical Air Commands. About
250 medium bombers and light bombers bomb rail bridges at
Mezieres-sur-Seine, Maintenon, Les Ponts-de-Ce, Chartres,
Cinq Mars-la-Pile, Bouchmaine, Nogent-sur-Loir, and Bourth.
XIX Tactical Air Command fighters carry out armed reconnaissance
and rail bombing missions in Alencon, Dreux, Chartres, Nogent-sur-Loir,
Le Mans, Sablesur-Sarthe, Laval and Sille-le-Philippe areas,
while IX Tactical Air Command fighters fly armed column and
assault area cover, and armed reconnaissance in battle areas.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers hit bridges in Po Valley, North of Genoa, at Canneto
sull'Oglio, Balossa, Vigone, Ronco Scrivia, and Ovada, and
marshalling yard at Imperia. Fighter-bombers concentrate on
airfield in Po Valley (at Villanova d'Albenga, Airasca, and
Venaria Reale) hit small landing grounds throughout the area,
and attack several command targets including roads, rail lines,
bridges, and railroad cars.
Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to reconnaissance
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26
Marauder medium bombers bomb several points along railway
from Naba to Hopin. Fighter-bombers attack Shwegu, hit bridges
in Mohnyin area, and support ground forces in Myitkyina and
Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wuchang airfield. 2 others
hit town of Siangyin. More than 90 P-40 fighters and P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit trucks,
troops, supplies, and river shipping in and around Hengyang,
Leiyang, Sinshih, Hengshan, Liling, Changsha, and Siangyin.
Airfield and railroad yards at Hengyang are also bombed.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Utagal.
Weather cancels scheduled strikes against Vogelkop Peninsula
area, but a few medium bombers hit shipping in islands to
the West, sinking luggers off Kaboe and Salawat Islands and
strafing troops on shores of MacCluer Gulf. The weather also
restricts operations against Wewak area; a few P-39 fighters
strafe coastal trails. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Namlea
Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA). Army Air Forces,
Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA) is activated at Hickam Field
with General Millard Harmon as Commanding General. Harmon
is to be responsible to General Robert C Richardson, Junior,
Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Pacific Ocean
Areas (USAFPOA), for logistics and administration, and to
Admiral Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA),
for operations of Army Air Force air units except those of
Twentieth Air Force. Harmon also is Department Commander of
Twentieth Air Force and is responsible directly to General
Arnold in all matters affecting the Twentieth in Pacific Ocean
Seventh Air Force. Seventh Air Force comes under control of
Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA). Makin based
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ponape. Organised resistance
ends on Tinian. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-61 Black Widow,
night fighter on Saipan will continue steady daylight and
night combat patrols and strikes almost around the clock to
the fall of Guam on 10
. Most of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters flying
is devoted to neutralising airfields on Pagan and Rota and
to direct support of Marine and Army forces fighting on Saipan,
Guam, and Tinian.
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