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
Ninth Air Force. Approximately 450 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack airfields, coastal defences,
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
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
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
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape.
Sunk 20 May 1944
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