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29th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 568 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb synthetic oil plant at Merseburg and 32 bomb targets in 2 nearby towns. Fighters of 9 groups fly 477 sorties in support of heavy bombers; 2 groups later strafe ground targets. A second force of 444 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs oil refinery near Bremen. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly escort. A third force of 74 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by 2 fighters groups attacks airfields at Laon, Couvrron and Juvincourt-et-Damary, France. Overall, 14 heavy bombers and 7 fighters are lost. Claims of aeroplanes destroyed amount to 26 by the heavy bombers and 20 by the fighters (including a jet aircraft near Bremen.)

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all IX Bomber Command missions. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance in Rouen, Amiens, Beaumont-en-Beine, Tours, Vendome, and Le Mans areas, furnish assault area cover, carry out armed reconnaissance of enemy installations and movement in battle area, and provide cover in support of United States First Army.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels medium bombers operations. Fighter-bombers, operating on reduced scale, hit buildings at Diano Marina and bridges, rail lines, airfields, and vehicles in North Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather cancels all bombing operations. 14 P-38 Lightning fighters, taking off from Russian bases, sweep Kecskemet area.

Tenth Air Force. Nearly 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers bomb Myitkyina, Kamaing, and Mogaung areas and strafe Indaw. More than 20 others attack targets at Myothit, Chyahkan, Mainghka, Nawna and Nansawlaw, and hit bridge at Panghkam. Troop area at Naungtalaw is bombed by 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

Fourteenth Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Samah Bay storage area. 27 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Yulin harbour, Hankow airfield, Kaifeng railroad yards, and town of Tengchung. 80 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit bridges, troops, supplies, and river, road, and rail traffic throughout vast area including towns of Liling, Sinsiang, Hengshan, Changsha, Siangtan, Chaling, Liuyang, and Chuchou.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply areas on Woleai Island nearby islands of Mariaon and Tagaulap are also hit. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Boela, Namlea, and Cape Chater, and pound Moemi, Sagan, Otawiri, and Urarom. Medium bombers hit oil targets at Karaka, shipping off Sorong and Cape Fatagar, and a supply village West of Babo. P-39 fighters bomb Windissi and strafe troop concentrations along West shore of Geelvink Bay for third consecutive day. In Northeast New Guinea bombers and fighters continue pounding the North coast, hitting troops, bridges and stores at Wewak and along Harech Creek, and targets in Yakamul area.

Twentieth Air Force. Approximately 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's out of Chengtu bomb Showa Steel Works at Anshan and harbour at Taku. The first very heavy bomber to be shot down on a combat mission falls to 5 fighters near Chenghsien (which the B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber bombs after engine trouble causes abort from primary mission). Another B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber bombs Chinwangtao before making forced landing at friendly field near Ankang.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit Tinian. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Truk and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly bombing and reconnaissance runs over Shimushu and Paramushiru sites including Kurabu Cape installations.

T7 Torpedo boat
Sunk 29 July 1944

T2 Torpedo boat
Sunk 29 July 1944

Z44 Destroyer
Sunk 29 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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