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28th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 900 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack aircraft works, synthetic oil plants, military vehicle plants and repair depots at Ruhland, Dessau, Cologne, Merseburg, Zeitz, Konigsberg, Lutzkendorf, Magdeburg, and nearly 30 different targets. An estimated 450 Luftwaffe fighters oppose the mission with about 350 concentrating in Magdeburg area. 32 United States bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yards, naval yards, railway bridges, and V-weapon sites in France and Belgium. 8 aircraft are lost. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb several targets in same general area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit bridges, viaducts, and railroad lines at several locations in Central Italy, including Narni, Cortona, Terni, Ladispoli, Torrita di Siena, Magnano, Recco, Arezzo, Rapallo, Vado, Bucine, and Castiglion Fiorentino. Light bombers hit ammunition dump while fighter-bombers continue close support to advancing ground forces, encountering considerably less enemy motor transport behind lines because of the heavy attrition of recent days. Many roads, railroads, and bridges are hit as well as numerous other targets along the battlefront which now stretches from West coast South West of Carroceto to the Northeast almost to Valmontone, then South West to just above Sezze, and from there rambles East to Northeast to East coast below Pescara.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Genoa harbour and Vercelli marshalling yard. P-38 Lightning fighters fly fighters sweeps against airfields in Kurilovec area and vehicles, command lines, and targets in Knin, Bihac Banjaluka area.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kalemyo while 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Tiddim road. 50 fighter-bombers and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit various targets at or near Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin, and Sahmaw. 76 fighter-bombers and 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yards at Namma and Katha, hit several targets in Mohnyin Hopin area, and bomb railroad between Naba and Namma.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters in support of ground forces in Salween area strafe oil storage at Hsiangta, bomb and strafe Watien area, and destroy 1 bridge and damage another on Shweli River North of Tengchung. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink a patrol boat and damage another near Saint John Island.

Fifth Air Force. In support of ground forces on Biak Island, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit villages, supply areas, troop concentrations, and gun positions on Biak, Noemfoor, and Japan Islands. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers blast troop concentrations, antiaircraft positions, and supply dumps in Wewak area. A-20 Havoc light bombers supporting ground forces in heavy fighting in Sarmi area, hit positions with minimum level strikes. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Boela. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Woleai.

Thirteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, followed by 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters, blast airfield at Lakunai. 33 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters join 40 dive bombers in strike on Tobera airstrip. 5 medium bombers hit Namatanai supply and personnel area. Fighter-bombers hit Tsun-dawan supply area, huts and buildings at Gohi, Nova, and Monoitu, suspected barge hideout near Tonolai, and antiaircraft guns at Ballale Island.

Seventh Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers stage from Eniwetok, bomb Jaluit, and land at Makin. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok bomb Saipan and Guam. Those bombing Guam turn South to Los Negros to rearm while the others return to Eniwetok. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flying from Engebi bomb Mille. Heavy bombers escort Navy photo planes over the Marianas.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly reconnaissance and drop bombs on Shimushu and Matsuwa. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly guard ship coverage mission, 2 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative anti-shipping sweep.

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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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