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30th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Headquarters issues order regularising under VIII Air Force Composite Command certain special and provisional units carrying out special tactical activities. This is result of suggestion made on 2 March 1944 by General Doolittle, Commanding General Eighth Air Force, that units engaged in CARPETBAGGER, H2X (blind bombing), leaflet, and weather missions be put under centralised control.

Ninth Air Force. 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb defences in Chaumont area in support of United States First Army. Fighters fly escort, cover assault area and armed columns, and carry out armed reconnaissance in Orleans Paris area. IX Troop Carrier Command flies supply and evacuation missions to Continent, using over 200 transport aeroplanes.

Twelfth Air Force. During 29-30 July 1944, light bombers bomb Savona and surrounding areas. Overcast in West Po Valley causes some medium bombers aborts but several bridges at Ovada, Bistagno, Cherasco, and Ferrara are successfully attacked. Fighter-bombers attack road and rail bridges in North Italy, hit shipping between Savona and Ventimiglia, silence 8 antiaircraft guns at Ferrara bridge, and hit several transportation targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Duna airfield and aircraft factory at Budapest, and marshalling yards at Brod. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort the missions.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack Myitkyina and Kamaing Mogaung area and hit bridge at Sihet. Japanese commander at Myitkyina orders withdrawal and commits suicide.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town of Wuchang. 70 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack bridge and town area at Liling, railroad yards at Hsuchang, and troop concentrations, storage, and road, river and rail traffic in areas around Yungfengshih, Puchou, Hengyang, Chuchou, Chaling, Tungting Lake, and Liuyang. More than 20 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit shipping and road traffic around Hanoi, Lang Son, Dong Dang, Mon Cay, and Campha Port.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Supply area on Woleai Island is again bombed by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack airfields and oil installations at Boela while more P-38 Lightning fighters attack shipping off East Ceram, off Amboina, and near Talaga. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Penfoei and Koepang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Morotai Island. P-39 fighters support Allied ground forces on Biak Island and continue to patrol West Geelvink Bay, hitting barges in Bentoni Bay and troops at Idorra. Allied forces (TF TYPHOON) land on North coast of Vogelkop Peninsula near Mar. The landings, made without preparatory bombardment to achieve surprise, meet no opposition. Bombers and fighters continue to pound troop concentrations, barges, ships, fuel dumps, command and other targets between Wewak and Aitape.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan again hit Tinian. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin bomb Jaluit.

M455 Minesweeper
Sunk 30 July 1944

R244 R-boat
Launched 30 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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