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23rd August 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers bomb and strafe rail transportation from Saint-Omer to Reims. Over 80 bomb Hamm marshalling yards and 9 others, and strafe miscellaneous ground and river targets.

Ninth Air Force. IX Bomber Command sends 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers to drop leaflets on Lisieux-Bernay area. Fighters fly ground forces cover, sweeps, armed reconnaissance over battle areas and along Seine River, and attack artillery positions. Over 160 transports fly supply and evacuation missions and several hundred reconnaissance aircraft fly tactical, visual, photographic, and artillery adjustment reconnaissance missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack road and rail bridges North of Arno River and roads leading North from Florence, and also hit bridges in Rhone Valley. Widespread haze in parts of France and Italy prevents accurate bombing. Fighter-bombers continue to attack command, gun positions, and road movements in Provence battle areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. 472 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers supported by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters bomb South industrial area of Vienna, Wiener Neudorf aircraft engine factory, Vosendorf oil refinery, and Markersdorf airfield, and attack targets at Ferrara, missing river bridge but hitting synthetic rubber factory.

Tenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support British advances down railroad in Pinbaw area hitting gun positions, troops, and Headquarters buildings, immediately North or Pinbaw, and along Nansonti Creek. 6 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Onsansaing, 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb encampment near Kadu, and 4 hit Lungling and Mangshih. 5 others attack guns, fuel dump, and other targets along Burma Road from Wanling to Lungling while 7 more hit buildings and vehicles during sweeps of the general Mangshih Chefang area. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets South West of Lungling and 2 P-40 fighters strafe trucks at Chefang.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 21 fighter-bombers attack villages, compounds, other targets near Hengyang, Lingyang, and Anjen. More than 40 fighter-bombers hit villages, shipping, troops, supplies, and other targets around Ichang, Yangtien, Siangtan, and Yiyang, and South of Sungpai and Siangyin.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Galela area and Langgoer airfield and Saumlakki. Fighter-bombers hit airfields at Nabire, Moemi, and Urarom, village of Moari, and town of Manokwari. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to attack barge hideouts, troops, villages, and general targets around Wewak.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Yap and Iwo Jima while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan and Aguijan. Gilbert based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Ponape.

M344 Minesweeper
Scuttled 23 August 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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