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1st July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 325 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb 14 V-weapon sites in North France but are recalled because of clouds. Recall messages by mistake are not sent to 3 squadrons 2 of these abort on decision of squadron leaders the other continues on mission and 9 of its planes bomb a V-weapon site at Mont Louis Ferme. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, relieved of escort duty by recall of heavy bombers, claim 5 aircraft destroyed in aerial engagements.

Ninth Air Force. IX Air Defence Command is activated in United Kingdom by Ninth Air Force to provide air defence behind the advancing Allied ground forces in North Europe. Commanding General is General Richardson. Weather prevents operations by IX Bomber Command. 47 fighters escort troop carriers and fly sweeps in Vire area where about 20 fighters bomb tactical targets.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers and medium bombers hit fuel dumps, rail bridges, viaducts, and docks in North Central Italy. Fighter-bombers concentrate on road and rail bridges behind battle area, destroy several fighters in combat over Reggio Emilia airfield, and hit guns South of Carsoli.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly ground support missions in Myitkyina area. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb rail targets at Mohnyin and Naba.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers again pound targets throughout Tungting Lake region. River shipping is attacked on large scale at numerous locations and 250 to 300 trucks are strafed between Tungcheng and Pingkiang. Hengyang airfield is bombed as are towns of Pingkiang, Hengshan, Liling, and Yuhsien. Pontoon bridge and Japanese positions at Leiyang are also hit. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in river at Canton during the night.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Namlea and hit shipping throughout the Amboina Ceram Boeroe area. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit airfields, antiaircraft guns, bivouacs, supplies, and Japanese defences on Noemfoor Island in preparation for Allied landings on 2 July 1944. Airfield at Manokwari is also bombed. Bombers and fighters continue to pound Wewak coastal area; many of the strikes are in conjunction with Navy motor torpedo boat boats. A few B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb targets on Yap and Peleliu.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly bombing and strafing missions over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, hit Truk during 1-2 July 1944, and follow up with another raid during the day. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. At dawn 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers radar bomb southern Shimushu and Kurabu Cape airfield through overcast.

R144 R-boat
Launched 1 July 1944

15. Räumbootsflottille
Was formed on 1 July 1944

Georg Mergelmeyer
Takes command of the 15. Räumbootsflottille on 1 July 1944 to 8 May 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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