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25th May 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 859 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating in 4 forces bomb marshalling yards at Mulhouse, Troyes, Tonnerre, Belfort, Sarreguemines, Thionville, Metz, Blainville-sur-l'Eau, Liege, Brussels, Alost, and Charleroi; airfields at Esseyles Nancy and Bretigny-sur-Orge and coastal batteries at Fecamp and Saint-Valery-en-Caux. 2 heavy bombers are downed by antiaircraft fire and 2 are lost to unknown causes.

Ninth Air Force. Over 225 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges near Liege and airfields at Lille, Nord and Monchy Breton. About 250 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb various targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. Twelfth Air Force has most active day to date against enemy forces in Italy. Some medium bombers continue to pound bridges in North Central Italy, damaging several bridges and viaducts, while others join fighter-bombers and light bombers in close support of ground troops in battle area and behind enemy lines. Motor transport North and South of Rome and North of Anzio is hit hard by the air attacks. United States Fifth Army achieves a solid front with junction of VI Corps (Anzio force) and II Corps (advancing along West coast) during the morning near Borgo Grappa.

Fifteenth Air Force. 340 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yard's at Lyon, Carnoules, Amberieu-en-Buguey, and Givors, while another 250 heavy bombers hit Porto Marghera oil stores, Monfalcone harbour and shipping, and Piacenza airfield and dispersal area. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly more than 200 sorties in support.

Southeast Europe. German paratroops attack Marshal Tito's Headquarters in Bosnia, but Tito and Maj Randolph Churchill escape to the mountains. Operation Rösselsprung was a combined airborne and ground assault by the German XV Mountain Corps and their allies on the Supreme Headquarters of the Yugoslav Partisans located at the town of Drvar in western Independent State of Croatia during World War II. The operation was launched on 25 May 1944, and was aimed at capturing or killing Marshal Josip Broz Tito and destroying the headquarters, support facilities and co-located Allied military missions. The airborne assault itself is also known as the Raid on Drvar.

Operation Rösselsprung was a coup de main operation involving direct action by a parachute and glider borne assault force based on 500th SS Parachute Battalion and their link up with ground forces converging on Drvar. The airborne assault was preceded by heavy bombing of the town by the Luftwaffe. The ground forces included Home Guard forces of the Independent State of Croatia.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters sweep over Mandalay area. 12 of them hit about 10 railroad cars near Shwebo, leaving them burning. In the Chindwin area 20 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack a bivouac and score hits on Manipur River bridge at Tonzang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets in Katha area, 6 of them bombing Indaw and 4 bombing Naba rail junction area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack shipping at Halmahera and hit Mokmer and targets in Wakde area. 90 fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound numerous targets in Wewak area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rabaul, Lakunai, and Rapopo. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Vulcan Crater barge hideout. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, clouded out of Vunakanau, hit Talili Bay supply area. 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 32 P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters, and 25 Navy dive bombers hit supply areas at Porton. 4 other P-40 fighters hit trucks at Monoitu Mission. 16 P-39 fighters attack several targets, including Cape Lalahan radar station.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flying out of Engebi bomb Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 Shemya based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies reconnaissance and bombing mission in the Central Kurils. Another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers aborts due to equipment failure.

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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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