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21st August 1944

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Events On This Day

A series of conferences begins at Dumbarton Oaks. Delegates from United States of America, United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and China discuss post-war issues.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather grounds all bombers and fighters. Less than 20 transports fly supply and evacuation missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit roads and bridges in Po Valley while A-20 Havoc light bombers during 20-21 August 1944 strike motor transport in the West part of the Valley and bomb Alessandria barracks during the day. Fighter-bombers and fighters again blast enemy command lines and gun positions in South France, marshalling yard and rail lines at Alessandria and Casale Monferrato, and motor transport and train cars in North West Italy and Southeast France.

Fifteenth Air Force. 117 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, bomb Nish airfield. 102 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort, hit Hajduboszormeny airfield which 46 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep, some making low-level strafing on parked aircraft.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out and damage 3 river bridges at Mu area and at Hsipaw, 36 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces near Pinlon, Ingyingon, and Nansankyin. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb storage area at Chyahkan.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Anjen and targets in surrounding area. 7 others attack Hengyang airfield, town of Nanyo, and several buildings and other targets near Yangtien. 90 fighter-bombers hit town areas, river and road traffic, and other targets at Pengtse, Kinhwa, Tengchung, Anjen, Hengyang, and Yangtsishih South of Sintsaing, North of Tungting Lake, between Hankow and Sinti, and in Changsha area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast supply dumps and antiaircraft guns on Wasile Bay coast. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kaoe airfield and town. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit villages and supply areas on Karakelong Island. Fighter-bombers blast warehouses and other targets in Manokwari area. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit supply dumps in Sawar Sarmi sector and attack troops along coast, particularly from Babiang to Luain.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit Yap, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Pagan, and Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Nauru.

M292 Minesweeper
Sunk 21 August 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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