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20th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. In the morning 1,257 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack 14 strategic targets in North Germany, including oil refineries, synthetic oil plants, a tank ordnance depot, and a military vehicle manufacturing plant. The heavy bombers are escorted by 760 fighters of which nearly half strafe 6 airfields and several other ground targets, with claims of 13 aircraft and 10 locomotives destroyed. Also during the morning 130 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 10 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. 42 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide support, destroying 3 aircraft. During the afternoon 216 heavy bombers attack 10 V-weapon sites in same area and targets which are mainly airfields in France and Belgium. 108 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide uneventful escort. Total losses for the day are 50 heavy bombers and 7 fighters. Heavy bombers and fighters claim 76 aircraft destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. About 370 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb 9 V-weapon sites in France and a coastal defence battery at Houlgate. Over 1,000 fighters operating over front line areas, Cherbourg Peninsula, and South to Dreux, bomb and strafe rail lines, marshalling yards, bridges, troop concentrations and other targets.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather continues to hamper operations but 60 medium bombers manage to attack rail targets between Genoa and La Spezia. Fighter-bombers destroy several road bridges in battle area and to the North, and damage several other road and rail bridges as Allies rapid advance slows down due to enemy's ability to strengthen his position and form a delaying line across Italy to South of Gothic Line (Pisa-Rimini) where he is prepared to make a stand. Fighter-bombers also damage a 20,000 ton aircraft carrier in Genoa harbour.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). AC Mellersh assumes command of Strategic Air Force, Eastern Air Command (EAC).

Tenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Kamaing while 13 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers supply ammunition to Imphal. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridge at Banchaung. 8 A-36 Apache dive bomber and 3 P-40 fighters attack targets at Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. In Yangtze River Tungting Lake area about 120 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers again attack a wide variety of targets, pound river shipping at numerous points, hit villages and supply lines in Pinkiang area, and bomb towns of Changsha, Pingsiang and Ikiawan. In Salween River area 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lungling and 16 P-40 fighters hit troops and positions at Tengchung and Chenanso. In Yellow River area 8 P-40 fighters pound railroad yards and strafe about 75 trucks, destroying more than 20 of them. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over South China Sea attack shipping, claiming a 5,000 ton commercial ship sunk.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-39 fighters, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft, pound areas along coast in general area of Wewak. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kamiri airfield and attack Woleai and Dublon. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and other Allied aeroplanes (including some of Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)) blast antiaircraft positions South and South West of Rapopo.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin strike Ponape. Kwajalein based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

T31 Torpedo boat
Sunk 20 June 1944

R240 R-boat
Launched 20 June 1944

R241 R-boat
Launched 20 June 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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