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23rd June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. At midday 211 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 12 CROSSBOW installations, damaging at least 6 of them. Fighter support is furnished by 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups (161 aircraft) all of which afterward strafe transportation targets in Paris area, destroying 3 locomotives, 100 pieces of rolling stock, and 14 motor vehicles. An exploding ammunition train causes a low-flying P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers to crash, the only aeroplane lost on the mission. During the late afternoon 196 heavy bombers attack airfields at Juvincourt-et-Damary. Laon, Athies, and Coulommiers, and a railroad bridge at Nanteuil-sur-Marne. Over 100 heavy bombers abort because of heavy clouds over targets. 226 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide support. Afterwards part of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group bombs and strafes a marshalling yard while the remainder of the group bombs and strafes a train carrying trucks and armoured cars, destroying the locomotive, 3 trucks, and an armoured car, and damaging 20 freight cars. Total losses are 7 heavy bombers, mostly to antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather prevents medium bombers and light bombers missions during morning. In the afternoon over 175 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb 7 V-weapon sites in France. Around 630 fighters provide escort and also bomb and strafe rail and road traffic and command centres. 200 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and C-53 Skytrooper transport aircraft fly supplies to the Continent.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels medium bombers operations. A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to attack ammunition supplies. Fighter-bomber operations are restricted but P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit rail command at 4 different points in battle area as fierce struggle for Chiusi takes place.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack oil storage at Giurgiu, 2 oil refineries at Ploesti, and marshalling yard at Nish. More than 100 United States aircraft are shot down. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim more than 30 aircraft destroyed.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly gasoline to Kamaing while 29 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers make ammunition run to Imphal. About 80 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters attack Mogaung, Myitkyina, Taungni, and bridge at Namkwi.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks at Hankow. In Tungting Lake area 70 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack wide variety of river shipping at several locations, bomb runway at Hengyang, strafe cavalry troops in the area, and hit towns and villages of Chuchou, Ikiawan, Chuting, Chwanchishih, and Siangtan. 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit various targets along Yellow River.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Wewak area is again pounded throughout the day by A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-39 fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes. A few A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers on barge search bomb offshore islands near Manokwari. This marks Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) debut of the A-26 Invader light bombers. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on sweeps strafe areas East of Maffln. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields at Yap and Woleai. Heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb Dublon, Koror, and Peleliu. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tobera airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers along with other Allied aeroplanes, hit antiaircraft positions South and South West of Rapopo.

Seventh Air Force. Eniwetok based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi pound Ponape. During the evening, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein also attack Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative shipping sweep.

R79 R-boat
Sunk 23 June 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.
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