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24th June 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. During the morning 317 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb dock area, aircraft factory, steelworks, and coke oven plant at Bremen, and shipyard, railroad station and warehouses at Warnemunde. 6 fighters groups provide escort: 1 group strafes airfield and rail transport in the Munster and Hamm areas. A second force of 334 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack targets in France, including railway bridges at Saumur and Tours, La Riche, airfields and landing strip at Toussus-Le-Noble, Orleans, Bricy, Chateaudun, and Foret-de-Bourse, and targets at Conches, Dreux, and Pont-Audemer. 288 fighters fly escort, part of which afterwards strafe road and rail transport, destroying 4 locomotives and a rail tank car, along with 4 enemy fighters in aerial combat. 4 heavy bombers and 1 fighters are lost, all to antiaircraft fire. 145 heavy bombers airborne to attack 12 CROSSBOW sites in Pas de Calais area are prevented by overcast from bombing the sites, but 12 fly South and release bombs near the industrial area of Rouen losing 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers to antiaircraft fire. During the afternoon 163 heavy bombers attack 5 electrical stations, 7 V-weapon sites, Saint-Pol-sur-Mer marshalling yards, and a missile platform. 118 sorties are flown by supporting fighters which, after heavy bombers withdraw, attack ground targets destroying 1 aeroplane a locomotive, and a truck.

Ninth Air Force. 430 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack targets in France, including 4 gun positions, 3 V-weapon sites, 3 fuel dumps, 2 marshalling yards, and a railroad bridge. Over 200 transports fly supplies to the Continent. 11 fighters groups provide escort, attack fuel dumps, rail targets and bridges West of Paris and South of the Loire, and fly armed reconnaissance South of Cherbourg Peninsula and South West of Paris.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels medium bombers operations. Fighter-bomber activity is restricted but P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack several bridges, railway lines, guns, and other targets in Lucca area and other points along and North of battle line.

Fifteenth Air Force. 335 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroad repair depot at Craiova, railroad bridge at Piatra, and oil refinery at Ploesti. 33 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Ploesti Bucharest area while other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly 220 sorties in support of heavy bombers. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 20 aircraft shot down. 10 United States aeroplanes are downed and several others are missing.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly gasoline to Kamaing while 35 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers supply Imphal with ammunition. 60 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters attack Myitkyina, Mogaung, Mawlaik Kin area, Pinbaw, and Hopin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters bomb towns of Siangsiang and Yuankiang, attack cavalry forces in Hengyang area, and damage a pontoon bridge between Tungcheng and Pingkiang. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and a few P-40 fighters knock out bridge North of Chenghsien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Fifth Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes continue to blast stores, personnel areas, roads, and bridges in general area of Wewak. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit enemy positions in caves East of Mokmer airfield, attack shipping in Babo area (on MacCluer Gulf), and bomb Kamiri and Kornasoren airfields. Heavy bombers, medium bombers, and fighters, along with other Allied aeroplanes, hit Tobera airfield, antiaircraft guns at Wunapope, and buildings at Nordup.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, based on Saipan, strafe remnants of enemy forces on the island and also hit forces left on Tinian.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers at dawn bomb area North of airfield at Kurabu Cape. Later 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative shipping search.

R141 R-boat
Sunk 24 June 1944

R143 R-boat
Launched 24 June 1944

R250 R-boat
Launched 24 May 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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