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2nd August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 2d and 3d Bomber Divisions fly 2 late afternoon operations against targets in France. 289 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack 12 targets including oil dumps and depots, supply depots, railway bridges, junctions, canal lock, airfields, and marshalling yards. 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups provide escort, 2 of them later strafing rail and highway traffic Northeast of Paris. In the second mission, over 390 heavy bombers attack 15 V-weapon sites, 5 bridges, an airfield, and a rail junction and bridge. 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups provide escort and 3 of these groups later strafe rail transportation targets. Overall losses for the day's operations total 6 heavy bombers and 6 fighters, most to antiaircraft fire. No enemy aircraft are encountered.

Ninth Air Force. IX Bomber Command halts bombing of bridges, fuel dumps, and similar targets in Brittany except on request of 12th Army Group, as United States Third Army wants use of bridges access to all fuel they may find in their advance across France. Around 300 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack bridges at Mezieres-sur-Seine, Mainvillers, Cinq Mars-la-Pile, Nantes, and Lisle, and ammunition dumps at Caudebec-les-Elbeuf and Le Lude. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance in wide areas surrounding Paris and South West as far as Laval, escort IX Bomber Command, and provide cover for armed columns and close support for ground forces.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers strike at bridges near border between Italy and France, doing some damage at Gilette, Taggia, Alessandria, and at 2 points along the Var River. Fighter-bombers pound bridges and airfields in North West Italy and South France and attack targets in the area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Genoa harbour and hit targets in South France, including Le Pouzin oil storage, Portes-les-Valences torpedo factory and marshalling yard, Le Pontet oil storage, and Avignon railroad bridges. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and A-36 Apache dive bomber support ground forces in Taungni area. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on patrols and armed reconnaissance hit various targets around Katha, Mainghka, Meza, Helon, Mohnyin, Bilumyo, and Namma. P-40 fighters attack gun positions and strong points at Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 32 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe town of Tengchung. 9 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters damage bridge at Tingka. Yangtze River shipping and supplies are attacked at Shihlipu by 8 P-40 fighters.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Yap Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Nabire airfield while in Wewak area bombers and fighters hit bridge and airfield at Boram and bridges, command lines, troop concentrations, and other targets along coastline, especially between But and Cape Karawop. Medium bombers and heavy bombers carry out wide sweeps over the Moluccas and Lesser Sunda Islands, hitting airfields at Maumere, Amahai, and Liang, and shipping off Ceram and Amboina. Heavy bombers hit Cape Chater and Lautem while medium bombers bomb camp near Poeloeti. Fighter-bombers hit Mapia Island and coastal vessels and shore targets at Talaud.

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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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