Eighth Air Force. 672 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb airfields at Laon, Couvron, Laon, Athies, and
Juvincourt-et-Damary rail bridges at Fismes and Anizy-leChateau
fuel storage dump at Dugny marshalling yards at Saarbrucken
and targets, including airfields at Denain, Prouvy, Le Bourget,
and Florennes, and railroad choke point near Tergnier. Nearly
300 heavy bombers abort because of heavy cloud and dense contrails
at operational level. 566 fighters support the heavy bombers,
destroying 2 fighters in aerial combat and suffering no losses.
Heavy bomber losses total 2. About one third of the escorting
fighters afterward bomb and strafe transport targets, claiming
3 locomotives and an armoured vehicle destroyed.
Ninth Air Force. 220 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighters, based on Continent, attack railroad facilities,
bridges, fuel and ammunition dumps, artillery, troop concentrations,
vehicles, and other targets. Bad weather cancels bomber and
fighters operations from United Kingdom.
Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all light bombers and
medium bombers operations. Fighter-bombers carry out rail
cutting missions North of battle line in North Central Italy.
Fifteenth Air Force. 229 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard and 2 oil
refineries at Bucharest; 138 others hit Karlovo airfield.
40 fighters carry out sweep over Bucharest area while other
fighters fly more than 230 sorties in escort of heavy bombers.
20 enemy fighters are claimed shot down, mostly by the fighters
during sweep over Bucharest.
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Kamaing. Ammunition delivery
to Imphal is continued by 47 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
. 14 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Naba Mawlin
Fourteenth Air Force. In Yangtze River, Tungting Lake area
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers fly more
than 160 sorties attacking river shipping at several locations,
bombing towns of Hengshan, Liling, and Pingkiang, and bombing
Japanese Headquarters and gun sites in Siangsiang area. Also
in Hengyang area the medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit
rear supply bases and cavalry and infantry concentrations.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). Attacks on Wewak
area continue. Japanese Headquarters and command in Suain
Karowop Plantation area and coastal road from Babiang to Nyaparake
are hit. Airfield and fuel dumps on Noemfoor Island, Japanese
positions and occupied areas and buildings on Biak and Efman
Islands, village near Babo, and Tor River and Maffin Bay areas
are attacked. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields
and town on Yap and command on Sorol and Woleai. Antiaircraft
guns East of Tobera area are attacked.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters and P-61 Black Widow, night fighters
carry out daylight raids and defensive night patrols over
Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
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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.
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