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2nd September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group strafes gun positions and road and rail traffic in Bruges, Ghent, Courtrai, Roulers area.

Ninth Air Force. IX Tactical Air Command, moving with United States First Army, transfers Headquarters to Versailles. On 11 September 1944 Headquarters follows the ground forces to Jamioulx. Weather grounds bombers. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance and area support to ground forces in Belgium and North West, Northeast, and East France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb 3 bridges in Po Valley, following raid during 1-2 September 1944, by A-20 Havoc light bombers which hit pontoon bridge and targets in the Valley. Fighter-bombers blast roads, bridges and gun emplacements in Po Valley, docks at Savona, and shipping off shore. France based fighter-bombers, hampered by poor weather, hit barracks and rail lines in Lyon area.

Fifteenth Air Force. XV Fighter Command (Provisional) is activated and given control of the 306th Fighter Wing (Provisional) and 306th Fighter Wing (Provisional) shortly to be organised and their 7 fighters groups. 380 heavy bombers hit Kraljevo railroad bridge and marshalling yard, railroad bridge at Mitrovica, road bridge at Supovac, and 3 marshalling yards at Nish. 27 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Cuprija road bridge while 57 P-38 Lightning fighters and 112 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe road and railways in Nish and Belgrade areas. Other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort Nish and Supovac bombing missions.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets along Burma Road South of Wanling, including the road itself and bridges at Kawnghka and Namhpakka. Another B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hits alternate target, an area in Indaw. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul fuel to Kunming.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb runway at Hengyang airfield. 30 P-40 fighters attack gun positions, troop concentrations, and sampans in Hengyang and Changning areas. 20 P-40 fighters hit similar targets South of Changsha, West of Pengtse, and in Siangtan area. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers damage bridge at Yangtien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating in strength bomb warehouses at Lasang, shipyards and personnel areas at Bunawan, and airfield at Likanan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit warehouses and shipyards along Lembeh Strait, while other B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit position near Pitoe airfield on South Morotai Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Koror. Fighter-bombers hit Sorong area and forces at Cape Pus and Boikin.

Seventh Air Force. 2 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Yap and Pagan. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit antiaircraft positions on Pagan with rocket and strafing attacks. Marshalls based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ponape and Nauru.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the United States Navy's landing craft USS LST 282 which was badly damaged on the coast of southern France.

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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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