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28th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 653 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb synthetic oil plant at Merseburg while 57 others bomb Wiesbaden marshalling yards and aircraft engine factory at Taucha. 437 fighters fly supporting sorties and strafe ground targets, destroying 8 locomotives and 7 trucks. 7 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. Bombers and fighters claims of aircraft destroyed total 7. 111 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched to bomb targets in Brussels are recalled, along with escorting fighters group, because of complete cloud cover over the target. 180 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched against targets in France fail to bomb targets because of heavy cloud. Fighters fly 237 sorties in support, and also strafe trains, destroying 2 locomotives and some rolling stock. No aircraft are lost.

Ninth Air Force. General Schramm assumes command of IX Air Defence Command. IX Bomber Command operates in support of United States First Army, bombing rail bridges, supply dumps and ammunition dumps in Foret de Conches, Dreux, and Le Mans areas. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance in Le Mans, Laval, and Dreux areas and furnish cover over assault areas and armed columns.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers bomb scattered lights and vehicles in Po Valley during 27-28 July 1944. During day light bombers, medium bombers, and fighter-bombers hit targets in Po Valley, concentrating on bridges. Some fighter-bombers attack motor transport in Rhone Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 345 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack 2 oil refineries at Ploesti and marshalling yard at Florina. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters provide support for the Ploesti raid.

Tenth Air Force. Nearly 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit Myitkyina, Kamaing, Mogaung, and Taungni areas. 16 others attack targets at Bhamo, Indaw, Mohnyin, and hit bridge at Sihet. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound troop area at Sihet.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters support, pound Yoyang railroad yards. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers in groups of 1 to 3 hit Yellow River bridge and White Cloud, Tien Ho, and Hankow airfields. 18 P-40 fighters hit Pailochi airfield, destroying several aeroplanes. 30 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit troop concentrations, river and road traffic and other targets at Leiyang, Chaling, Chinlanshih, and in Tungting Lake area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Targets in Woleai Island are bombed by 4 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers airfield and supply area are well covered. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound airfields at Manokwari and Babo, bivouac areas at Kasoeri, and shipping in Kaimana Bay. P-39 fighters hit Windissi and other Geelvink Bay villages. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers blast stores, troop concentrations, command targets, barges, and targets in Wewak, Cape Moem, and But areas. Laha and Cape Chater are hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply dumps at Maumere.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters based on Saipan bomb and strafe Tinian.

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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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