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21st June 1944

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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 ammunition.

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 North.

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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