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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