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22nd July 1944

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Ninth Air Force. 1 group of light bombers and 2 groups of medium bombers attack rail bridge at Bourth and fuel dumps at Foret de Conches and Flers. 4 groups of fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance and rail cutting missions during late evening. 1 group escorts IX Bomber Command. Fighters of IX Tactical Air Command escort over 100 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft on supply evacuation run to the Continent, and provide cover over battle area.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again curtails operations. During night and day operations A-20 Havoc light bombers carry out armed reconnaissance of Lucca, Florence, Genoa, and Milan areas, bombing scattered motor transport, and attack munitions factory. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Ronco Scrivia and Cogoli. Fighter-bombers hit roads, railroads, bridges, gun positions, trains, and vehicles in and North of battle area, and strafe aeroplanes at Bergamo airfield.

Fifteenth Air Force. 76 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and 58 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers begin second Fifteenth Air Force shuttle missions, attacking airfields at Zilistea and Buzau (claiming destruction of 56 enemy aeroplanes) and landing at FRANTIC bases in the USSR. 458 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (with fighters escorts) bomb oil refinery at Ploesti and other heavy bombers hit alternate targets of Verciorova marshalling yard, Orsova railroad bridge, and Kragujevac marshalling yard.

Tenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack forces in Myitkyina area. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad at Mohnyin while 2 hit storage sheds at Maingna.

Fourteenth Air Force. 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack town area, airfield, railroad yards, and shipping at Hengyang, bomb towns of Chaling, Yuhsien, and Chuchou, hit river shipping, troops, trucks, and targets in areas around Changsha, Kiaotow, Siangtan, and Sinshih, and hit troop compounds and shipping at Yuhsien. 25 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Changsha, causing heavy damage. 31 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast Tsingyun and strafe about 40 junks to the South of town. 4 P-40 fighters sink several large junks off Northeast Indochina coast.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again attack airfields on Yap. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and an assortment of fighter-bombers direct their main attacks against several shipping terminals in the Vogelkop Peninsula area, sink sub chaser off Morotai, bomb Saumlakki, and hit But airfield and personnel areas, barge hideouts, supply and ammunition dumps, bridges and roads at, and to the West of, Wewak.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan, using fire-bombs for the first time, hit Tinian and Pagan. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flying negative shipping search encounter bomber which evades contact.

M388 Minesweeper
Commissioned 22 July 1944

M389 Minesweeper
Launched 22 July 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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