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20th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. 61 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb troop and equipment concentration waiting at Foret de la Lande to be ferried across the Seine. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance along Seine, support ground troops in battle area, and fly escort mission to over 100 troop carriers on supply and evacuation run.

Twelfth Air Force. During 19-20 August 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack lights and motor transport from battle line North West to the Rhone. B-26 Marauder medium bombers, joined by fighter-bombers and fighters, hit coastal defence guns in Toulon area, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Rhone Valley bridges and airfields achieving especially good results at airfield near Valence.

Fifteenth Air Force. 460 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, some fighters escorted, bomb airfields and marshalling yard at Szolnok, and oil refineries at Dubova, Czechowice and Auschwitz.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly close support strikes for ground forces immediately South of Thaikwagon. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets at Myintha and Aledaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 7 P-40 fighters damage buildings and a pontoon bridge and strafe about 30 sampans in the Hengyang area. 13 P-40 fighters hit buildings, trucks, and river shipping in Hengshan area. 60 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack numerous trucks, river craft, and general targets at Tingka, Anjen, Yangtien, South of Yoyang, between Hankow and Chinchiang, and between Sinshih and Changsha.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb town and airfield of Namlea. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langgoer airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound personnel areas and warehouses at Tobelo. P-39 fighters hit Windissi and enemy shipping off Manokawri while P-40 fighters pound gun positions, buildings and stores at Manokwari. Other P-40 fighters support ground forces by hitting troop concentrations at Napido. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit personnel centre near Marubian, supplies at Wom, and numerous targets during coastal sweeps in Wewak general area.

Twentieth Air Force. 61 Chengtu based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata during the day, followed by 10 more during 20-21 August 1944, 5 hitting targets other than the primary. 14 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are lost, including 1 to antiaircraft and 4 to enemy aeroplanes (1 by air-to-air bombing and 1 by ramming). B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber gunners claim 17 air victories.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Yap for the first time. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Alamagan while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Pagan. Marshalls based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative shipping sweep.

R37 R-boat
Sunk 20 August 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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