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
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
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