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
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
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.
Sunk 24 June 1944
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