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1st August 1944

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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 missions.

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 Taungni sectors.

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 airfield.

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 Areas (POA).

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 August 1944. 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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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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