Eighth Air Force. Over 1,200 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers strike numerous objectives in Central
Germany, in Erfurt Leipzig area and near Mainz. Targets include
4 aircraft and aircraft engine factories, a ball bearing plant,
a motor vehicle works, 5 airfields, 2 synthetic oil plants,
an optical instruments works, an armament factory, 5 marshalling
yards, and the cities of Koblenz, Bad Nauheim, and Bad Salzungen.
727 fighters support the Eighth's heavy bombers and afterwards
several units strafe ground targets. 19 heavy bombers and
8 fighters are lost. Heavy bombers claim 6 aircraft destroyed
while the fighters claim 11 destroyed in the air and 11 on
Ninth Air Force. Weather forbids morning operations. In afternoon
62 medium bombers and light bombers strike Senonches fuel
dump and Chaulnes marshalling yard. Fighters escort bombers
and transports and fly armed reconnaissance against rail lines,
bridges, and gun positions South of front lines.
Twelfth Air Force. XII Air Force Training and Replacement
Command is disbanded in Algeria. Medium bombers continue to
pound Po Valley bridges in or near Ostiglia, Parma, Mantua,
Fernarla. Fighter-bombers again hit targets North of battle
area, concentrating on rail lines and destroying or damaging
large number of railroad cars as United States is Fifth Army
forces push to point Southeast of Pisa.
Fifteenth Air Force. Almost 450 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb airfields at Memmingen, and airfield, Zeppelin
works, and aircraft factory at Friedrichshafen. P-38 Lightning
fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort and,
with heavy bombers, claim 19 aeroplanes shot down.
Tenth Air Force. A few United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters attack targets in Myitkyina area.
Fourteenth Air Force. In Tungting Lake area 11 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb East half of Changsha, causing heavy destruction.
140 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack
river shipping and road traffic at several locations throughout
the region, pound supply villages South of Changsha and Sinshih,
bomb motor pool at Tsungyang, hit warehouse area at Siangtan,
and attack troop compounds and gun positions North of Hengyang
and at Leiyang and Chaling.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb West part of Yap town. Other
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields and antiaircraft
guns at Manokwari and antiaircraft at Moemi. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit shipping off Sorong, in Kaiboes Bay, and
off Misool Island, and bomb Kasim Island. A-20 Havoc light
bombers support Allied ground forces in Sarmi sector. B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Namlea airfield and shipping
in Kayeli Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping at
Dili. A-20 Havoc light bombers and a B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers bomb supply dumps at Cape Moem, Wom, and Sauri while
fighter-bombers hit targets along Yakamul coastal road and
troops on Kairiru Island.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters pound Tinian. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
from Engebi bomb Ponape.
on 20 July 1944, survives an assassination attempt
by Claus von Stauffenberg.
was used against the Canadian frigate HMCS Matane which was
Recommissioned 20 July 1944
Launched 20 July 1944
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