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24th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack armament factory and 17 oil installations, aircraft assembly plants and aero engine works and over 20 targets in Germany, losing 27 heavy bombers, but claiming 10 enemy aeroplanes destroyed. VIII Fighter Command flies over 600 sorties in support of mission, claiming 10 combat victories. 4 groups strafe airfields near Brandenburg and Nordhausen, an marshalling yard near Brunswick, and the Neuenhaus Nordhorn area. Ground targets destroyed include 14 aeroplanes, 7 locomotives, trucks, and boats.

Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels IX Bomber Command mission against 4 fuel dumps North of the Seine. Fighters give air cover to ground forces, mainly for 3 armoured and 2 infantry divisions, bomb Seine bridges, and fly armed reconnaissance along Seine and around Troyes, Orleans, and Tours. About 275 transports fly supply and evacuation missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers during 23-24 August 1944, hit motor transport and target in Rhone Valley and at Genoa, Milan, and Turin. Medium bombers bomb bridges at Montpellier, Avignon, Lunel, Solignano Nuovo, and Castel del Rio, and score direct hits on gun positions in Marseille area. Fighters bomb and strafe gun positions, vehicles, roads and bridges throughout Southeast France.

Fifteenth Air Force. 530 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 8 oil refineries at Kolin and Pardubice, Vinkovci marshalling yard, Szeged, and Ferrara railroad bridge and several targets. Around 70 to 80 fighters attack the Czechoslovakian missions. United States heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim nearly 40 air victories.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kangon. 3 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters flights support British troops Northeast of Pinbaw, hitting forces and gun emplacements near Namyin Te and Nansankyin. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Nankan. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe vehicles along Shweli River and bomb storage area South of Hopin.

Fourteenth Air Force. Town areas, river and road traffic, railroad targets, and other targets in or near Hengyang, Chuchou, Siangtan, and Yangtien are attacked by 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 25 P-40 fighters. 19 other P-40 fighters hit similar targets at Yungcheng, Anjen, along Central Yangtze River, and South of Mangshih.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Shipping in Lembeh Strait is attacked by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lolobata airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. Advanced air echelon of General O'Donnell's 73d Bomber Wing Headquarters flies into the Marianas, the first Twentieth Air Force contingent to arrive. Ground echelon arrives by water on 16 September 1944.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Aguijan and Pagan. Marshall based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Nauru.

T24 Torpedo boat
Sunk 24 August 1944

Z37 Destroyer
Scuttled 24 August 1944

R219 R-boat
Is attacked by British motor torpedo boats. However, no damage sustained.

R219 R-boat
Sunk 24 August 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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