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1st September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 950 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers sent against targets in East France and Germany are recalled because of bad weather. 1 heavy bomber bombs railroad at Hasloch. 11 fighters groups offer support, 1 group strafing a locomotive. A P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group on sweep strafes transportation targets in Brussels Antwerp area. 7 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups bomb and strafe rail lines in North and East France and airfield West of Nancy claiming 5 combat victories and 5 destroyed on the ground.

Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command comes under administrative control of United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF) and under operational control of First Allied Airborne Army, to increase efficiency, especially for planning, training, and preparation of airborne operations. Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) now can deal directly with all elements of an airborne force through a single unified command instead of through various army groups and Air Forces (i.e. 12 and 21 Army Groups, Ninth Air Force, and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) components). medium bombers attack fortifications in Brest area which artillery fire had been unable to reduce. Escorting fighters fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance in North and East France, and fly cover for 6 divisions in Brussels, Amiens, Saint-Quentin, Cambrai, Reims, and Verdun areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 31 August 1944 and 1 September 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit gun positions and targets in West Po Valley. Weather grounds B-26 Marauder medium bombers during day but B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score excellent results against road and railroad bridges North and Northeast of Venice. Fighter-bomber and fighters bomb and strafe roads, troop concentrations, supply dumps, and Wehrmacht Headquarters in battle area North of Florence, and fly armed reconnaissance from Ventimiglia along coast to La Spezia.

Fifteenth Air Force. 480 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Boara Pisani, railroad bridges at Tesica, Moravac, Mitrovica, and Kraljevo, railroad bridges at Szolnok, and Mezotur, marshalling yards at Szajol, Debreczen, Berettyoujfalu, and Novi Sad, and airfield at Nish. 51 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers successfully strafe Debreczen airfield. 16 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers evacuate interned United States airmen from Rumania. Fighters support bombing and evacuation missions.

Tenth Air Force. A few United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Bhamo and strafe river boats in the area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim a small freighter sunk in Formosa Strait. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kai Tek airfield and a supply depot South of Canton. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit road South of Nanyo, runway at Hengyang, and targets near Anjen. 61 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack bridges, roads, shipping, airfields troops, and other targets at or near Yangtien, Nanyo, Hengyang, Anjen, Changning, and Chiuchiang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sasa, Matina, and Likanan airfields. Others, failing to reach Mindanao, hit Beo. Fighter-bombers hit Boela and airfield at Amahai. A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-40 fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb runways at Babo and Urarom.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters carry out rocket and strafing strike against Pagan. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap. Marshalls based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Kashiwabara during 31 August 1944 and 1 September 1944. A B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs a shack on South West coast of Paramushiru and sinks a nearby ship. 5 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on this mission turn back due to overcast.

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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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