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27th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers fly against Berlin area targets but abort mission due to high clouds. Over 150 of the heavy bombers attack targets in German coastal area and Danish peninsula, including 4 airfields, 2 marshalling yards, 2 islands, 3 cities, and scattered targets. 11 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups provide escort and strafe ground targets in Germany, destroying several including 24 locomotives. 5 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 10 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. 8 fighter-bomber groups strafe and bomb rail transportation in East France and the Saar, claiming, among other targets, over 100 locomotives and over 200 train cars destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. IX Bomber Command attacks troop concentrations in Rouen area, Rouen bridge, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boursin navigational beam station, and Bucy-les-Pierrepont and Foret de Samoussy fuel dumps. Fighters cover ground forces and fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance in Senlis area and South of Loire River claiming 16 aircraft (11 in the air) destroyed, and losing 6.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit gun emplacements in Marseille area and bomb bridges at Berceto. Fighter-bombers continue armed reconnaissance in Po Valley and over roads leading North from battle line North of the Arno River. Light bombers bomb targets in Po Valley during 26-27 August 1944, fly armed reconnaissance and during the day hit ammunition stores in North Central Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. 530 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters supported heavy bombers attack 2 oil refineries in Blechhammer, railroad bridge at Ferrara, and viaducts at Avisio, Venzone, and Borovnica.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Pinbaw area, hitting Kondangyi and troops and strong points near Pinbaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hengyang, Tien Ho, White Cloud, and Pailochi airfields. 9 others hit road and river traffic in Yoyang, Hankow, Changsha, and Hengyang areas. 120 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets in the above areas plus Yangtien, Chachiang, Anjen, Leiyang, Sintsiang, Siangsiang, and Siangtan, damaging or destroying numerous trucks, many river craft and hitting several troop concentrations.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit Miti and airfields at Babo, Ransiki, Sagan, and Manokwari. Fighter-bombers hit bivouacs near Boram, troops between Abau and Boikin, and a fuel dump and barges at Kairiru Island.

Seventh Air Force. A Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Iwo Jima while another, after photo reconnaissance of Woleai, bombs Yap. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb antiaircraft positions on Pagan and strafe buildings on Alamagan.

Eleventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb and photograph Kashiwabara in 2 raids. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a shipping sweep East of the North Kurils bomb and strafe picket boats damaging 1 and leaving another sinking.

R38 R-boat
Sunk 27 August 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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