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25th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. During the morning 236 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Toulouse, Francazal and Toulouse, Blagnac airfields and oil dumps at Montbartier. 10 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb scattered targets. 107 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Avord and Bourges airfields. 176 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers drop supplies to French interior forces. A total of 8 heavy bombers are lost. VIII Fighter Command flies 639 sorties in supporting operations. In addition 5 fighters groups carry out strafing activities, claiming numerous ground targets including 6 aeroplanes on a landing ground and the airfield at Bourges. 19 enemy fighters are claimed destroyed in aerial combat. During midday 153 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 17 power and transformer stations in effort to disrupt flow of electric power to V-weapon stations. 64 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, hampered by cloud over primary aiming points, bomb miscellaneous last resort targets, including airfields at Peronne and Nuncq. Fighter support is provided by 3 groups. All aeroplanes return safely. In night mission 300 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 7 railway bridges and 2 airfields in Paris area. 69 heavy bombers attack alternate targets, including airfields of Orly, Romilly-sur-Seine, and Etampes, Mondesir. Fighters fly 346 sorties in escort and target area support. A P-38 Lightning fighters group strafes ground targets in Angers, Le Mans-Laval area, and a P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group bombs and strafes an alternate landing ground near Evreux, Fauville airfield. Heavy bomber losses total 7. Fighters claim 6 aeroplanes destroyed against no losses. In Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Eighth Air Force heavy bombers and fighters are flown, at daybreak, from dispersal bases to Poltava and Mirgorod and loaded and fuelled with intentions of bombing oil refinery at Drohobycz and proceeding to base in Italy. Bad weather cancels the mission until the following day. The aircraft return to dispersal bases for the night as precaution against air attacks.

Ninth Air Force. 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit fuel dumps at Foret d'Andaine, Foret d'Ecouves, and Senonches, and rail bridges at Cherisy, Chartres, Oiseme and Epernon. 14 fighters groups send aeroplanes on escort, and on armed reconnaissance and dive bombing missions over Chartres, Dreux, Argentan, Tours, and Orleans areas. Transports fly supply and evacuation missions to France.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather again prevents operations by medium bombers. Light bombers hit enemy ammunition supply. Fighter-bombers bomb towns of San Quirico di Moriano and Castelfiorentino and several rail lines and bridges in battle area near Gothic Line. Piombino falls to United States Fifth Army during the day, and the enemy withdraws from Chiusi during 25-26 June 1944 after several days of resisting British Eighth Army forces attacking the town.

Fifteenth Air Force. 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yard and oil installations at Sete and Balaruc-le-Vieux, telephone exchange at Le Pontet, railroad bridges at Tarascon and Arles, marshalling yards and bridges at Avignon, and harbour facilities along South coast of France. Fighters fly almost 200 sorties in support. 1 fighters group strafes targets along Fiume Senje road and at other points on Istrian peninsula.

Tenth Air Force. Almost 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers make ammunition run to Imphal. 60 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters pound Myitkyina and Mogaung. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mohnyin Mawhun railroad.

Fourteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit towns of Siangtan and Ichang, attack sampans at Wukou, destroy about 50 trucks and strafe concentrations of troops and horses in Tangyang Pingkiang and Siangtan Yungfengshih areas, and pound river dock and sampans at Siangsiang. 7 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Shayang storage area. 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters bomb storage area and damage bridge at Chenghsien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Wewak area continues under attack of Fifth Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft. Personnel areas at But, Dagua, and Suain and barges at Mushu and Kairiru Islands are hit. P-40 fighters and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Kamiri airfield while A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit villages along Tor River and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit tanks along Wiske River. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Yap and Sorol. Medium bombers and fighters, along with other Allied aeroplanes, hit antiaircraft positions near Wunapope and blast plantations along Wide Bay.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters based on Saipan carry out reconnaissance and strafing missions over Saipan and Tinian. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers based on Kwajalein hit Truk and Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb the airfield at Kurabu Cape.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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