Eighth Air Force. The Eighth begins shuttle bombing missions
(FRANTIC) between United Kingdom and bases in Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters (2 groups)
escort the heavy bombers from just off German coast to Stendal
where a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group continues escort
to, and support over, the target (synthetic oil plant at Ruhland).
123 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb primary target,
21 bomb Elsterwerda, and a lone B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers bombs Riesa due to a bomb rack malfunction. After
the attack, the supporting P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group
is relieved 50 miles Southeast of Poznan by 65 other P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers which are to accompany the heavy bombers
to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 50 miles Southeast
of Brest Litovsk 20 to 30 fighters attack the force. In the
resulting battle 1 United States and 6 Luftwaffe fighters
are destroyed. A single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
is lost (to unknown causes) on the flight. 144 heavy bombers
land in Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 73 at Poltava,
and the rest at Mirgorod. The 64 remaining P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
land at Piryatin. The shuttle run is made in conjunction with
a large-scale effort against targets in Berlin area. 935 heavy
bombers attack city areas, motor industries, and targets in
and near Berlin, Genshagen, Basdorf, Rangsdorf, Trebbin, Belzig,
Potsdam, Stendal, and surrounding areas. 19 heavy bombers
are lost. Fighters fly 902 sorties in support of this mission,
claiming 18 fighters destroyed, with a loss of 6. In late
afternoon 31 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb CROSSBOW supply
sites at Oisemont, Neuville and Saint-Martin-l'Hortier, France
and 39 bomb rocket site at Siracourt. Antiaircraft fire shoots
down 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 3 fighters groups fly
101 sorties, meeting no enemy aircraft, but 1 group strafes
railroad and canal targets. During 21-22
June 1944, the 73 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers which
earlier landed at Poltava are attacked for 2 hours by an estimated
75 Luftwaffe bombers led by aeroplanes dropping flares. 47
heavy bombers are destroyed and most of the remainder severely
damaged. Heavy damage is also suffered by stores of fuel and
Ninth Air Force. Over 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
bomb 13 V-weapon
sites in Pas de Calais area. Over 700 fighters escort Eighth
Air Force heavy bombers over Germany, bomb bridges South and
West of Paris, and strafe rail and road traffic and command
centres North and West of Paris.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers have excellent results against rail bridges in North
and North Central Italy, also hitting viaducts, road bridges,
and other command targets, and bombing ships at Leghorn harbour.
Light bombers again hit ammunition supply while fighter-bombers
concentrate on rail and road bridges over large area including
locations in vicinity of Gothic Line and at points to the
Tenth Air Force. 34 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers maintain ammunition run to Imphal.
61 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and P-40 fighters pound Myitkyina and Mogaung.
Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers hit river shipping, barracks, and cavalry
forces at Siangtan and Hengshan.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters and Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) aeroplanes hit dumps and bivouacs at Suain and attack
other targets in Wewak area. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack
various targets in Paniai Lakes area while B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit villages on coast of Netherlands New Guinea East
of Maffin Bay. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kamiri airfield
and other targets on Noemfoor and attack shipping in Palau
Islands and at Dublon.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers based on Kwajalein, bomb Truk.
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