Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy
bombers are dispatched in 4 operations against targets in
France and Germany. In first operation 95 B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen, marshalling
yards at Ehrang and Konz Karthaus, and other targets at Alzey
and Meisenheim. 2 fighters groups fly support, with 1 group
later strafing Speyer airfield. In second operation 171 B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers escorted by 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
group bomb 8 gun positions at Brest while clouds prevent over
150 other heavy bombers from bombing. In the third operation
over 400 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 oil refineries,
a fuel depot, 2 airfields, and targets in North West Germany.
7 fighters groups escort, with 1 group later conducting strafing
attacks. In last operation an attack by 30 B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers against 3 liquid oxygen plants in Belgium is
aborted because of thick haze. 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
group gives uneventful support.
Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command is relieved of its
assignment to the Ninth Air Force upon transfer of the command
and its service organisations from IX Air Force Services Command
to First Allied Airborne Army commanded by General Brereton.
IX Bomber Command strikes fuel dumps at Saint-Gobain, Fournival,
Bois-de-Mont, and Compiegne, Clairoix, and troop and equipment
concentrations at Rouen. Fighters fly escort to Bomber Command,
ground forces and assault area cover, and armed reconnaissance
in Rouen, Dijon, Chatillon-sur-Seine and South Loire areas.
Twelfth Air Force. During 25
August 1944, fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over
West Po Valley and over Nice area bomb vehicles and other
targets, and during day bomb ammunition dumps in Southeast
France and in North Central Italy. Medium bombers hit guns
in Marseille area but several missions into Rhone Valley are
aborted due to bad weather. Fighter-bombers and fighters fly
armed reconnaissance over North Italy and Southeast France,
attacking rail lines, roads, guns, vehicles, and other targets.
Fifteenth Air Force. 470 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers attack viaducts and bridges at Venzone,
Avisio, and Latisana, and hit train ferry and terminal at
Giurgiu, airfield at Otopeni, barracks and troops in Baneasa
area and viaduct at Borovnica.
Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb storage area at Amoy. 3
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb barracks area near Wenchow
harbour and damage bridge near Sincheng. 31 fighter-bombers
attack railroad targets, troops, sampans, and other targets
in or near Yangtien, Yungfengshih, Siangsiang, Anjen, Laiyuan,
Kinhwa, and Pengtse.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Koror and Peleliu airfields.
Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Haroekoe and Liang
airfields. A-20 Havoc light bombers in close ground support
hit troop concentrations in the Sarmi sector. Fighter-bombers
hit targets in Wewak and Suain areas. P-39 fighters maintain
patrols over West shore of Geelvink Bay.
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima airfields.
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters blast antiaircraft guns and troops
on Pagan and Aguijan. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed
reconnaissance bombs Woleai and Yap.
Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kashiwabara staging area
during early morning, starting several fires. Later 6 B-25
Mitchell medium bombers strafe and bomb East coast of North
Kurils, sinking a patrol boat. 1 out of 4 interceptors and
one of the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are hit. 7 more B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets on Kashiwabara and on
Otomari Cape, including docks, piers, boats, and a fuel dump.
6 P-38 Lightning fighters unsuccessfully attempt to intercept
4 unidentified aircraft West of Attu.
Sunk 26 August 1944
Is refloated and undergoes repairs.
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