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28th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Weather prevents heavy bomber operations. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly strafing sweeps against rail and road traffic in areas in or around Brussels, Antwerp, Namur, Mezieres, Metz, Strasbourg, Trier, and Bad Kreuznach. Claims include 8 aircraft and nearly 150 locomotive destroyed. 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. Fighter-bombers fly 2 strafing and bombing operations. The first is flown by 6 groups against rail and road traffic in and around Strasbourg, Saarbrucken, Sarrebourg, Metz, and Trier. In the second, 5 groups attack rail and road traffic in North West France, Belgium, and the Netherlands including bombing 13 marshalling yards.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers of IX Bomber Command bomb fuel dumps at Doullens, Barisis-aux-Bois, ammunition dump at Querrieu, ammunition and fuel dump at Compiegne, Foret de Laigue, and alcohol distillery and fuel storage depot at Hamm. Fighters escort Bomber Command and about 400 transports on supply and evacuation runs, attack airfields at Bourges and Peronne, support ground forces, and fly armed reconnaissance from Amiens to East of Dijon.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges in Lyon area. B-26 Marauder medium bombers destroy several aeroplanes at Villafranca di Verona airfield and bridge at Parma. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit motor transport and other targets during 27-28 August 1944, fly armed reconnaissance over Po Valley and blast command post Southeast of Genoa. Fighter-bombers hit vehicles in Rhone Valley, bomb and strafe roads and bridges in battle area North of Arno River and hit shipping in Imperia and Savona harbours.

Fifteenth Air Force. 560 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strike Moosbierbaum oil refinery and adjacent chemical works, oil refinery at Szony, railroad bridges and viaducts at Szolnok, Zambana, Avisio, and Ora, and marshalling yards at Miskolc.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb tank pool at Momauk, while 5 others hit Myintha. 2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Pinbaw area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tien Ho, White Cloud, Hankow, and Pailochi airfields. 8 more attack river and road traffic from Chiuchiang to Hankow and from Hengyang to Puchi. 32 P-40 fighters pound targets at Hengyang and Pailochi. 23 P-40 fighters attack Taying storage buildings and 10 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Anjen and nearby targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Koror, airfield on Peleliu, and seaplane base on Arakabesan. Fighter-bombers hit Kokas, vessels off Point Karakra, barracks at Nabire, storage facilities at Moemi and Manokwari and Boram fuel dumps. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers attack small vessels along East coast of Ceram.

Twentieth Air Force. General Hansell assumes command of XXI Bomber Command. General Norstad succeeds Hansell as Chiefs of Staff of Twentieth Air Force.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Iwo Jima by day and night. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan and Maug Islands. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap. Gilberts based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Ponape; Marshalls based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Truk.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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