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2nd June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Role of bombers from 2-5 June 1944 in preparation for invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 includes continuation of attacks against transportation and airfields targets in North France and the institution of a series of blows against coastal defences, mainly located in Pas de Calais coastal area, to deceive the enemy as to the sector to be invaded (Operation COVER). In the first mission on 2 June 1944, 776 heavy bombers attack targets at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Wimereux, Equihen-Plage, Hardelot Plage, Neufchatel, Dannes, Plage-Sainte-Cecile, Stella-Plage, Breck-sur-Mer, and Saint-Aubin. Opposition is confined to antiaircraft fire and is generally ineffective. The second mission of 2 June 1944 is carried out by 300 heavy bombers attacking airfields and railroad facilities at or near Massy, Palaiseau, Conches, Beaumont-sur-Oise, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Acheres, Paris, Versailles, Matelots, Bretigny-sur-Orge, and Creil. 8 bombers are lost to antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. Special conference for ground liaison officers is held by 21 Army Group officers who present a detailed exposition of the plan for the landings in Normandy. About 350 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb NOBALL targets and coastal defence batteries along Channel coast. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb targets in the area, including V-weapon sites, fuel dump, railroad junctions and bridges.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack road and rail bridges from North of battle area just below Rome to areas North of Rome. Fighter-bombers continue to blast motor transport, railways, trains, command posts, roads, and bridges in battle area, having particularly good success against vehicles.

Fifteenth Air Force Shuttle bombing between Italy and USSR (Operation FRANTIC) is started. Under command of General Eaker, 130 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by 70 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, bomb marshalling yard at Debreczen and land in Soviet Union the heavy bombers at Poltava and Mirgorod, the fighters at Piryatin. 1 heavy bomber is lost over target. 27 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, forced off course en route to Oradea marshalling yard, also hit Debreczen. Nearly 400 other heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Szeged, Miskolc, Szolnok, Cluj, Simeria, and Oradea. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to fly ammunition into Imphal area. 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers airborne against Yenangyaung fail to hit primary but unload against alternates in the area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound troops and vehicles at Tungcheng and Chungyang and strafe concentration of about 75 sampans on Tungting Lake.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kaukenau Timoeka area while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb positions North of Mokmer airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bivouacs Northeast of Sawar airfield and near Wiske River and bomb roads along West bank of the Orai River. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, P-39 fighters, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes hit Wewak area. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Dublon.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Nordup area. 48 P-38 Lightning fighters, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters attack Vunakanau area. 30 P-39 fighters attack airfields at Buka and supplies in Kara Kahili area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based at Makin strike Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, finding Shimushiru overcast, bomb and photograph Matsuwa (secondary) during dawn.

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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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