Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force reaches its peak strength
in number of fighters groups when 479th Fighter Group (P-38
Lightning fighters) becomes operational. (By end of year all
fighters groups except one will be converted to P-51 Mustang
Ninth Air Force. Nearly 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
attack airfields at Beaumont-sur-Oise and Chartres and bridges
at Vernon and Poissy. 108 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers fighter-bombers hit bridge at Oissel
and airfields at Creil, Cormeilles-en-Vexin and Evreux, Fauville.
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb
targets in North West Europe.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers hit railway targets in Florence area and bomb roads
in battle area with good results. Light bombers hit Frascati.
Other medium bombers join fighter-bombers in assault against
motor transport achieving wide spread enemy vehicle destruction,
especially on the Rome Bracciano road over which enemy is
pouring reinforcements South toward battle area.
Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 700 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Saint-Etienne,
Lyon, Nice, Chambery, and Grenoble. Heavy bombers also hit
Var River bridge and troop concentrations at Bihac. Fighters
escort the heavy bombers and strafe and dive-bomb airfields
at Donji Zemunik.
Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters sink several supply boats on Yangtze River near
Shihshow, strafe troops at Shasi, hit road traffic near Loyang,
and strafe pontoon bridges, supply dumps, and troops at Shanhsien.
7 P-40 fighters bomb town of Hsing Tzu. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers damage a small tanker North of Swatow.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Biak Island while B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit Wakde Island and nearby coastal areas.
Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb a variety of targets
in Aroe Islands. 100 A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers and fighter-bombers continue to blast coastal
region around Wewak. Villages and gun positions on Hansa Bay
are also hit.
Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters hit Rabaul area while 12 B-25
Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply areas at Talili Bay. More
than 40 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters hit barges North West
of Ballale Island, supply areas and other targets at Porton,
and piers at Ratsua and Soraken.
Seventh Air Force. 46 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, flying out of Makin, attack
Emidj. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi fly successful
search mission for a downed B-25 Mitchell medium bombers crew
in the vicinity of Ponape and Pakin Islands. After locating
the survivors, later picked up by Navy destroyer, the medium
bombers attack Pakin and Ponape with cannon and machine gun
Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off on an armed photo mission
over Shimushu turn back due to mechanical troubles.
Launched 26 May 1944
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