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
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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