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21st July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 960 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, attacking in 4 forces, bomb targets in Germany, among them 4 aircraft plants, 2 ball bearing plants, and numerous targets in Duren area, Stuttgart area, and 11 other towns and cities, including Munich and Saarbrucken. 711 fighters, operating as 33 tactical units, execute escort assignments and later fighters from 7 units strafe ground targets, destroying a small number of parked aircraft and rail and road transport targets. 31 heavy bombers and 10 fighters are lost. Heavy bombers claim 9 aeroplanes destroyed, and fighters claim 6 destroyed in the air and 3 on the ground.


Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents all combat operations except for 1 fighters group which is dispatched on armed reconnaissance but is recalled before reaching the Continent. Less than 15 reconnaissance and evacuation sorties are flown.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels medium bombers operations. Light bombers hit supply dump while fighter-bombers attack rail and road bridges in Po Valley and hit rail lines North of battle line which is pushing into the Arno River Valley Southeast of Pisa.

Fifteenth Air Force. 362 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Brux synthetic oil refinery and marshalling yard at Mestre. More than 100 other heavy bombers are forced to abort due to bad weather. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad at Mohnyin and 1 hits town of Naba.

Fourteenth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit town area, airfield, trucks, river shipping, and troops at Changsha; trucks, horses, and junks at Sinshih; and troop concentrations, artillery sites, and pillboxes at Hengyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again pound Yap Island, concentrating on the airfield. Fighters, many dropping phosphorus bombs on the heavy bomber formation, attack fiercely but ineffectively; the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 7 fighters shot down. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb antiaircraft positions and airfield at Manokwari. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit barracks at Nabire. P-39 fighters hit caves and barge hideouts on North coast of Biak Island and support ground forces along Verkam River. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping at several points around the long coastline of Vogelkop Peninsula. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound But, and P-39 fighters bomb bridge nearby. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters follow with attack on But and also hit Wewak jetties and Kairiru Island.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack enemy forces on Tinian. 28 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, pound Truk. United States Marines and Army troops land on Guam.

M20 Minesweeper
Sunk 21 July 1944, along with M413

M307 Minesweeper
Sunk 21 July 1944

M413 Minesweeper
Sunk 21 July 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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