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27th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb CROSSBOW supply site at Saint Leu-d'Esserent while 51 others bomb marshalling yards and airfield at nearby Creil. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are downed by antiaircraft fire. 101 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb CROSSBOW supply sites at Saint-Martin-l'Hortier, Biennais, Beauvoir-Riviere, and Domleger, and a canal lock at Espierres, losing 1 plane to antiaircraft fire. 183 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support the heavy bombers, losing 2 fighters to enemy aircraft and destroying 6 fighters. After completing escort, the P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb and strafe targets, including marshalling yards, bridges, railroads, transportation and airfield installations, and dispersal areas.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather precludes bomber operations. Over 700 fighters take part in various operations. Most of them fly high cover over assault areas and bomb and strafe rail and road traffic and command centres in France.

Twelfth Air Force. Continued bad weather cancels medium bombers operations. Light bombers again hit ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers hit roads, bridges, rail lines, and other targets in and near battle line.

Fifteenth Air Force. Almost 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Budapest and Brod. 75 to 90 enemy fighters attack the formations. 3 heavy bombers are lost. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim over 30 planes shot down. 90 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Budapest area, claiming 7 fighters destroyed.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly gasoline to Kamaing while 52 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue ammunition run to Imphal.

Fourteenth Air Force. In Tungting Lake area 160 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations, supplies, and river and road traffic between Changsha and Hengyang, bomb artillery concentrations at Sinsiang, attack waterfront and docks at Hengshan, pound villages near Chuchou, and attack numerous targets throughout the lake region. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Formosa Strait claim 2 cargo vessels sunk and others damaged.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Fifth Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) light bombers and fighter-bombers continue to attack Wewak area, hitting troop concentrations, villages, ammunition dumps, and warehouses. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit airfields, gun positions, and various other targets in or near Babo, Manokwari, Biak Island, Noemfoor Island, Ransiki, Waren, and Moemi. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap and Sorol others on photo reconnaissance flight bomb Woleai and Ifalik Islands. Thirteenth Air Force fighters and bombers join other Allied aeroplanes from the North Solomons in bombing antiaircraft positions at Ralum and other targets in Rabaul area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue strafing and rocket attacks on Tinian, Saipan, and Rota while P-61 Black Widow, night fighters carry out defensive night patrols. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, pound Truk. During the night a single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Ponape.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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