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29th May 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 881 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack synthetic oil plant at Politz, airfields at Hohn and Schneidemuhl, airfield and aircraft assembly plant at Tutow, and aircraft factories and assembly plants at Leipzig, Cottbus, Sorau, Krzesiny, and Poznan. 34 heavy bombers are lost on mission.

Ninth Air Force. Over 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb airfields, marshalling yards, railroad bridges, coastal battery, and NOBALL targets in France and Belgium. Over 200 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb targets in same area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb rail bridges near Bucine and at Poggibonsi and Lisciano. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit viaducts at Terni and near Stifone, railroad junction and marshalling yard at Terentola, Castiglion Fiorentino bridge, the Voltri shipyards, and a bridge nearby. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troops in bivouac and bomb supply dump. Fighter-bombers continue to blast motor transport between battle lines and Rome. Transports evacuate over 400 wounded from Anzio area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 829 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (largest number of Fifteenth Air Force heavy bombers completing attacks in a single day up to this time) bomb airfields and aircraft factories at Wollersdorf, Wiener Neustadt, and Atzgersdorf, and attack airfields, troops, and supply concentrations at Zegar, Zavalje, Prijedor, Bosanski Novi, Knin, Banjaluka, Drvar, Livno, and Basanska Krupa. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort the Austrian missions while P-38 Lightning fighters accompany the heavy bombers to Yugoslav targets and afterwards strafe numerous targets. Fighter opposition over Yugoslavia is negligible but around 150 fighters attempt interception over Austria, principally in Wiener Neustadt area. 23 United States aircraft are lost. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 60 fighters shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 40 fighter-bombers pound troops and positions at Bhamo and Mohnyin, railroad at Mogaung, and warehouses at Sahmaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound areas along Burma Road, 3 bomb town of Wanling, and 2 attack convoy of Hainan, claiming a 250 ft freighter sunk. 26 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack troops at Lushan, pound barracks and demolish 7 trucks at Yuanchu, bomb and strafe general area at Nanchang, and destroy several buildings along Hsiang River North of Changsha.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound gun positions, defence areas, and troops, as first tank battle of Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) is fought West of Parai on Biak Island. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airfields on nearby mainland at Timoeka and Babo. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes and a few heavy bombers from the Biak strike, saturating Wewak area with continuous air strikes. In Wakde Sarmi battle zone, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters hit forces in Mount Saskin area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai and other nearby islands in the Carolines.

South Pacific (SOPAC). General Moore, United States Marine Corps (USMC), takes over as Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS).

Thirteenth Air Force. Almost 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-39 fighters, and a variety of Navy aeroplanes pound the Rabaul area, with Army Air Force aircraft concentrating on Nordup supply area and the others concentrating on Hospital Point antiaircraft positions. 24 P-39 fighters and 16 P-40 fighters blast occupied areas West of Tinputs Harbour and at Arigua Plantation.

Seventh Air Force. Operations are restricted to photo missions over Wotje, Mille, and Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. At dawn 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers photograph and bomb Shimushu and Matsuwa (secondary). During early afternoon 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers escorted by 4 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe, bomb and sink a patrol boat in the Kurils. Later 4 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers unsuccessfully attack 2 vessels off Shimushu.

R116 R-boat
Sunk 29 May 1944

R123 R-boat
Sunk 29 May 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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