Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy
bombers support United States First Army assault (Operation
COBRA) with saturation bombing in VII Corps area in Marigny
Saint-Gilles region, just West of Saint-Lo. 1,495 heavy bombers
attack primary target and 13 bomb alternate target. Due to
personnel error, bombs from 35 heavy bombers fall within United
States lines. 102 United States troops, including General
McNair, are killed and 380 wounded. 485 fighters execute escort
assignments, including protection of Ninth Air Force medium
bombers. Afterward 4 of the 10 groups strafe ground targets,
and 2 groups sweep inland and engage Luftwaffe fighters. 5
heavy bombers and 3 fighters are lost to antiaircraft fire.
Fighters claim 12 aircraft destroyed in the air and 2 on the
ground. Late in the afternoon 106 heavy bombers dispatched
to bomb target in Brussels area are recalled because of heavy
Ninth Air Force. During the morning 11 groups of medium bombers
and light bombers attack tactical targets in vicinity of Saint-Lo
in support of United States First Army. In afternoon 4 groups
bomb bridges on the Seine and Loire. 42 medium bombers of
IX Bomber Command, repeating errors of previous day, short
bomb behind United States lines. Casualties again are concentrated
in 30th Infantry Division. Fighters strafe and bomb military
targets in Saint-Lo area in support of COBRA, fly area patrol
and sweeps South of battle area, and carry out armed reconnaissance
against installations in Laval Ghent Amiens areas.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers hit storage dump and rail lines while
medium bombers pound bridges in North West Italy at Borgo
San Dalmazzo, Fossano, Albenga, Casale Monferrato, Cervo,
Legnano, Rovigo, and Chivasso. Fighter-bombers continue to
attack command in Po Valley, hitting numerous targets and
completely destroying railroad bridge at Crema.
Fifteenth Air Force. 420 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb Hermann Goring tank works in Linz while other
heavy bombers hit Villach marshalling yard and targets in
Austria and Yugoslavia. Fighters provide escort and carry
out sweeps. 175 to 200 enemy fighters oppose the attacks.
21 United States aircraft are lost. Heavy bombers and fighters
claim over 60 fighters shot down. Operating from Russian FRANTIC
bases, 34 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and 33 P-38 Lightning
fighters attack airfields at Mielec and return to Russia.
Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets around
Myitkyina, Kamaing, and Mogaung.
Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yoyang, blasting storage
area and railroad yards. 51 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers attack road and river traffic, troop compounds
and cavalry units at Chaling, Siangsiang, Changsha, Siangyin,
and Sinshih and North West of Hengyang. 27 P-40 fighters escorting
the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Yoyang claim 6 interceptors
shot down. 11 fighter-bombers support Chinese ground forces
in Salween area.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields
and other targets on Woleai. Bad weather again cancels strikes
in Vogelkop Peninsula, but Troop Carriers complete 48 missions
to Biak Island despite the weather. Command and troop concentration
along coast in general area of Wewak are attacked throughout
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit Tinian and Pagan. B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, based at Kwajalein, bomb Truk.
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