Eighth Air Force. Role of bombers from 2-5
June 1944 in preparation for invasion of Normandy on 6
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
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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