Eighth Air Force. 72 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers leave Poltava and Mirgorod,
rendezvous with 55 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Piryatin,
bomb oil refinery and marshalling yard at Drohobycz 1 returns
to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics because of mechanical
trouble, and then proceed to Foggia. Fifteenth Air Force P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers meet formation an hr after the attack
and escort the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers to Italy.
It is planned to return the heavy bombers to bases in United
Kingdom on 27 June
but bad weather delays this move until 5
Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels all Ninth Air Force operations
save a few fighters sorties which result in claims against
a few military vehicles and 3 aeroplanes as United States
ground forces capture Cherbourg. 3 United States fighters
Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers,
operating on reduced schedule, hit railroad targets and other
targets in battle area South of Gothic Line.
Fifteenth Air Force. 677 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers attack targets in Vienna area, hitting aircraft factory
at Schwechat, marshalling yard at Vienna, Floridsdorf, and
refineries at Korneuburg, Vienna, Floridsdorf, Moosbierbaum,
Schwechat, Winterhafen, and Lobau. Fighters fly over 260 sorties
in support. An estimated 150 to 175 Luftwaffe fighters attack
formations. Nearly 30 United States aircraft (mostly heavy
bombers) are lost. United States claims total more than 60
Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers fly ammunition to Imphal. More than
80 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and P-40 fighters pound Myitkyina. 7 Other fighter-bombers
hit Waingmaw, Loilaw, and Pyindaw.
Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast Hankow, causing heavy damage
and fires. 180 medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack river
shipping and several villages in Tungting Lake area. Towns
of Yuankiang, Sinshih, Siangtan, Liling, and Hengshan are
bombed, as is warehouse area at Yuhsien. Numerous troop and
truck concentrations and other targets throughout the entire
region are attacked. In Salween area 14 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers and 36 P-40 fighters knock out bridge at Tingka, damage
another near Mangshih, bomb military installations at Tengchung,
strafe Japanese positions at Lungling, and hit targets between
Lungling and Tengchung. Japanese bomb Lingling airfield, damaging
runway and destroying a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). Wewak area is hit
throughout the day by Fifth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers and P-39 fighters, along with United States Navy and
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes: P-38 Lightning
fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, A-20 Havoc light bombers,
A-26 Invader light bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers attack airfields, shipping, villages, town areas,
roads, and numerous other targets at Efman, Noemfoor, Japan,
and Biak Islands, at Manokwari and Ransiki, and near Sarmi.
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets on Yap and Sorol
Islands. Others on armed reconnaissance bomb airstrips at
Woleai and Peleliu. Army Air Force and other Allied aircraft
hit airfields, antiaircraft positions, and other targets in
Rabaul and Cape Orford areas.
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit enemy forces
remaining on Saipan and on Tinian while P-61 Black Widow,
night fighter carry out night patrols over Saipan. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers from Makin pound Ponape and Nauru.
Eleventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 3 4 plane air cover missions
for Naval Task Force on withdrawal following shelling of Kurabu
Sunk 26 June 1944
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