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27th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 923 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards, aircraft industries, and airfields at Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Konz-Karthaus, Neunkirchen, Saarbrucken, Lachen, Speyerdorf, Strasbourg, and Woippy. Coastal batteries at Fecamp and Saint-Valeryen-Caux also are bombed. Opposition is heavy and 24 heavy bombers are lost on mission.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 690 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railroad, bridges, and marshalling yards in France. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers concentrate efforts against lines of command in Orvieto area. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb storage area. Fighter-bombers pound a much reduced flow of motor transport behind enemy lines and hit railroads, gun positions, bridges, and targets in and behind battle area, hitting targets at Subiaco, Sora, Tivoli, Frosinone, Capena, and Orvieto, West of Bracciano Lake, between Sulmona and San Benedetto de Marsi, and at several other points.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escorts, bomb marshalling yards at Avignon, Montpellier Frejorgues, Nimes, Marseilles, Blancarde, and Marseille, Saint-Charles, airfield at Salon-de-Provence, and port of Razanac.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Pakokku and Nyaung-u.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) rocket-firing P-40 fighters hit barracks area West of Sinyang, military installations and trucks at Nanchang, and troops, trucks, barracks, and warehouse area in Puchi vicinity.

Fifth Air Force. Babo airfield and Biak Island are pounded by 170 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . After the aerial and naval bombardment, Allied amphibious forces land on Biak in the Bosnik area, secure beachhead, and gain control of trail over ridges to inland plateau to the North. About 170 A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Wewak area.

Thirteenth Air Force. Approximately 200 Army Air Force, Marine, and Navy aircraft (fighters, dive bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers ) are sent against gun positions on Hospital Point. 160 aircraft bomb the targets with more than 90 tons of explosives, destroying or damaging several of the guns. Other fighters hit targets in Rabaul area and a barge off South West New Ireland. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tobera. Army Air Force fighters attack beached barges in Chabai area and in Buka Passage, Aku and Nova Plantation, and bridge over Oamai River.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein and 52 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi pound Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers fly weather and armed photo reconnaissance and bomb Ushishiru Island.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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