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20th May 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 287 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields, aircraft works, and marshalling yards at Orly, Villacoublay, Reims and Reims, Champagne. Large force of nearly 250 heavy bombers scheduled to bomb at Liege and Brussels is forced to abort because of dense cloud cover over targets.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack airfields, coastal defences, and V-weapon site in France. About 250 aborts are caused mainly by bad cloud conditions and failure to rendezvous with fighters. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather prevents operations by medium bombers and light bombers. Fighter-bombers continue to hit command and gun positions in battle area. Areas in and around Vallecorsa and Terracina are hit especially hard. Fighters maintain patrols and reconnaissance, destroying or damaging numerous vehicles between Pisa and Pistoia.

Tenth Air Force. 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-40 fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound gun positions, attack bridges, bomb troops, and hit numerous targets in areas around Myitkyina, Kamaing, Nanyaseik, and Nsopzup. 16 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in Arakan area, including signal centre Southeast of Buthidaung, gun positions Southeast of Maungdaw, and jetty at Akyab. 24 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb positions at Churachandpur. About 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit oil installations at Yenangyaung and Chauk, airfield at Pakokku, and town of Akyab.

Fourteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack convoy South of Hong Kong claiming 2 motor launches sunk and damaging several larger vessels. 3 heavy bombers are lost at sea. 37 P-40 fighters hit trucks, armoured vehicles, river traffic, and troops in or near Shasi, Ichang, Tangyang, Chingmen, Loyang, and Loning. On Salween front 43 fighters and 8 medium bombers support ground forces and damage bridge North of Tengchung over Shweli River.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airstrips, revetments, supply areas, antiaircraft positions, and shipping at Manokwari, Noemfoor and Biak Islands, and Mawi Bay. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to pound airfields, coastal villages, bridges, supply dumps, trucks, and various other targets at Wewak and from Wewak to shore of Hansa Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 44 P-39 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters and 30 Navy and Marine aircraft pound antiaircraft positions, bivouacs, and supply areas from Muguai Ebery's Lease area to Maika area. 24 other P-39 fighters hit barges in Matchin Bay, antiaircraft guns at Sohano Island, and bridges at Kieta. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tobera runway while 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with Navy fighters escort, attack barges and a launch North West of Rabaul.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape.

R190 R-boat
Sunk 20 May 1944

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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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