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25th July 1944

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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 cloud formations.

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 the day.

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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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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