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25th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 4 aircraft plants, 3 airfields, 2 experimental stations and 15 targets in Germany. 19 heavy bombers are lost. 15 fighters groups fly over 600 supporting sorties downing 11 enemy aircraft. 4 groups later strafe ground targets including numerous parked aeroplanes of which 30 are claimed destroyed. In a follow up operation 92 heavy bombers attack 5 liquid oxygen plants in Belgium and North France. 5 fighters groups fly escort.

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 240 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack various enemy strongholds in and around Brest supporting ground forces' attempt to capture Brest harbour. Fighters provide air cover for 5 divisions, fly armed reconnaissance along Seine River, and sweeps in wide areas around Paris which is liberated. Fighters of IX Tactical Air Command raid, and set afire with napalm tanks, the reported Headquarters of Field Marshall Walter Model (commander in chief West) and Verzy.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit targets during 24-25 August 1944, and during the day fly armed reconnaissance over Po and Rhone Valleys, and hit ammunition stores in South France. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Rhone River bridges at Avignon, Culoz, Saint-Alban-du-Rhone, Pont d'Ain, and Loyes, and hit gun positions around Marseille. Fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance in Southeast France battle area and along battle line North of Arno River attack gun positions, roads, and bridges.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers supported by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb aircraft factories at Brno and Kurim and airfields at Brno and Prostejov.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kondangyi. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridge South of Bhamo and hit several targets in the area. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb probable factory at Hopin. 6 flights of P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack buildings and targets at Pinlon and Kyagyigon. 32 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces at Ingyingon and along Hsai-hkao and Namsang River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kowloon docks. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters hit buildings, troop compounds, and general targets in Yangtien area. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 21 P-40 fighters attack similar targets in and around Anjen. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb fighters strip at Leiyang and 2 others hit town of Nanyo. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters attack wide variety of targets throughout Hengyang, Siangyin, Siangtan, and Siangsiang areas, Chenghsien, Lishui, Samshui, Chiangmen, Luichow Peninsula, and Red River delta.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Koror and Malakal Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Lolobata. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on shipping sweep over Lembeh Strait claim a merchant ship sunk and hit several small vessels. In Lesser Sunda Islands a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on shipping sweep attack several small vessels. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit Babo airfield, Sagan, and Otawiri. P-39 fighters strafe troops near But.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit airfields on Iwo Jima while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters blast antiaircraft positions and troops on Pagan. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Yap. Gilberts based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies reconnaissance over Shasukotan, Onnekotan, and Harumukotan Islands but drops no bombs due to accurate antiaircraft fire.

M262 Minesweeper
Sunk 25 August 1944 along with M304, M363 and M463

M347 Minesweeper
Sunk 25 August 1944

R203 R-boat
Sunk 25 August 1944

R205 R-boat
Sunk 25 August 1944

Z24 Destroyer
Sunk 25 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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