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30th May 1944

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Events On This Day

In the United Kingdom loading of assault forces for OVERLORD begins.

Eighth Air Force. 911 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 6 forces attack aircraft factories, airfields, and depots at Dessau, Oschersleben, Halberstadt, Rotenburg, Zwischenahn, Oldenburg, Diepholz, and Handorf marshalling yards at Brussels, Troyes, and Reims, V-weapon sites at Watten and Siracourt and various targets.

Ninth Air Force. Over 320 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack airfields at Denain, Prouvy and Mantes, Limay, and highway bridges at Meulan and Rouen. Nearly 400 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy or damage 10 bridges, bridge approaches, and viaducts which affect supply routes to battlefronts across Central Italy. Light bombers and fighter-bombers blast motor transports and gun positions in battle area and hit targets in and around towns in the area, including Guidonia, Ariccia, Alatri, and Veroli. Transport aeroplanes evacuate wounded from Nettuno.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack airfields and aircraft factory at Wels, factories at Pottendorf, Neudorfl, and Neunkirchen and marshalling yard at Zagreb. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. Many of the fighters strafe targets in areas around Zut, Brod, Susak, Bihac, Medak, and along Karlovac Livno road.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroad between Namma and Hopin. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers fly 100 sorties against railroad targets, hitting tracks, rolling stock, stations, and bridges in vicinities of Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin, and Loilaw. Imphal Tiddim road is bombed by 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Fourteenth Air Force. 48 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters support ground forces in Mamien Pass Watien Chiangtso area. 31 supply aeroplanes drop food and ammunition to friendly forces in Mamien Pass area. 13 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage Wan Pa-Hsa bridge and bomb town of Lungling, destroying 6 warehouses and starting several big fires. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit railroad targets on sweeps from Peking, Chengting, Pingting, Linfen, and Puchou. 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb installations at West end of Nanchang bridge, causing much damage. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters strafe troops, supplies, and occupied strong points at Loyang and at several locations along Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. Japanese air strikes on Hengyang and Liangshan airfields destroy 4 United States aeroplanes, damage several others, and blow up a fuel dump.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit enemy positions as fighting on Biak Island slacks temporarily. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields and nearby antiaircraft guns and fuel at Timoeka. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Japan Island. In Wakde Sarmi battle area, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe shoreline from North West of Sawar to Sarmi Point. Wewak area is again blasted by 70 A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Truk Atoll, Woleai, and Puluwat group.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb personnel areas Northeast of Tobera. 40 P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-39 fighters bomb supply dump near Ratawul. 33 P-39 fighters and 8 P-40 fighters demolish bridges at Kirinani and over the Siaibai River. Log ramp over Miwo River is damaged and road between Puriata River and Kiaraba is hit. The fighter-bombers also attack Buka runway, Chabai barge anchorage, and Soraken supply area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape, which is also hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers returning from shuttle base at Los Negros. 2 forces of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein strike Truk and Wake.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters fly guard ship cover.

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