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
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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