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22nd June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. In morning mission 216 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 12 CROSSBOW installations in Pas de Calais area. Some of the 212 support fighters strafe coastal defences. During the afternoon 718 heavy bombers attack 22 targets in France and Belgium, including marshalling yards transformer stations, airfields, bridges, fuel storage facilities, railroad facilities, CROSSBOW supply site, and numerous targets. Fighters escort the mission and 3 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups strafe and bomb transportation targets, destroying an ammunition train, 6 other freight cars, and a truck. 8 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to ground fire. Because of attack on B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers at Poltava on shuttle mission, the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers at Mirgorod and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers at Piryatin are moved farther East into Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. They are to be returned to Mirgorod and Piryatin to be dispatched to bases in Italy as soon as weather permits. The move is fortunate as Luftwaffe bombers strike both Piryatin and Mirgorod during 22-23 June 1944.

Ninth Air Force. Almost 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers and over 1,200 fighters fly missions during the day. The main effort consists of an attack on tip of Cherbourg Peninsula in support of United States VII Corps assault on port of Cherbourg. Beginning 1 hr before ground attack and continuing until attack begins fighters and fighter-bombers pound whole area South of city from low level. As ground assault begins, B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers strike series of strong points selected by United States First Army, forming a 55 minute aerial barrage moving North in advance of ground forces. Later in the day medium bombers attack marshalling yards, fuel dumps and a German Headquarters. Fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance over various railroads and bomb rail facilities, trains, road traffic, and gun emplacements in France. 25 fighter-bombers are lost during the day's operations.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railway bridges and viaducts in North Central Italy, at Marzabotto, Boccheto, and Gricigliana, A-20 Havoc light bombers again hit ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers pound road and rail bridges, mainly in Pisa area, and cut rail lines between Bologna and Pistoia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Following 5 consecutive days of bad weather more than 600 heavy bombers bomb targets in North Italy, hitting motor transport works at Turin and Chivasso, marshalling yards at Parma, Modena, Fornovo di Taro, Bologna, Castel Maggiore, and Ferrara, oil storage at Fornovo di Taro, harbour at Pola, airfield at Poggio Renatico, and highway and railroad bridges at Nervesa della Battaglia and Rimini. Fighters fly more than 250 sorties in support of the missions.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Kamaing while 40 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers supply Imphal with ammunition. 40 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Mogaung and Myitkyina while 10 others hit targets at Hopin, Namma, and Sahmaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters destroy 20 trucks between Hsuchang and Lohochai. 4 P-40 fighters damage a troop steamer in Tungting Lake. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bakli harbour, damaging dock facilities and claiming 1 freighter sunk.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit shipping at Efman Island and airfields and targets on Noemfoor, attack Manokwari, and hit villages in the Sarmi area. Attacks by A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, on wide coastal area around Wewak continue. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap, Sorol, and Woleai. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers join the Allied aircraft in pounding Nordup and Ralum.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein, hit Truk; 1 bombs Ponape. First fighters of Seventh Air Force arrive in Marianas; 22 aircraft of 19th Fighter Squadron, taking off from aircraft carrier, land on Saipan.

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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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