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31st August 1944

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Ninth Air Force. 99 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb ammunition dump at Foret d'Arques and gun positions at Ile de Cezembre. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance in Amiens, Saint-Quentin, Albert, and Arras areas, ground forces cover for 3 armoured divisions, battleship cover, and also dive-bomb Ile de Cezembre.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railroad bridges in Po Valley, cutting the bridge at Mira. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack targets in Po Valley during 30-31 August 1944, and along with fighter-bombers hit command North of Arno River. Other fighter-bombers attack command targets in France as United States Seventh Army pushes toward Lyon.

Fifteenth Air Force. 45 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe airfields at Reghin, while 97 others strafe airfields at Oradea and Kecskemet. Fighters claim a record number of over 150 aircraft destroyed on the ground. Starting Operation REUNION, 36 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers evacuate United States airmen interned in Rumania from Bucharest which falls to the Soviet Army today to Kari.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb targets at Katha and 3 hit bridges at Bawgyo and Hsenwi.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Takao harbour, damaging dock area and claiming 2 tankers sunk. 14 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Tien Ho, White Cloud, Kai Tek, and Hengyang airfields. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack numerous trucks South of Sint-siang and near Sinshih, hit roads South of Nanyo and damage a freighter near Sinshih. 60 fighter-bombers attack trucks, barracks, supplies, river craft, bridges and troops in or near Sinshih, Changsha, Yangtien, Hengyang, Nanyo, Siangtan, Teian, and Shihhweiyao.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe gun positions at airfield on Pagan. Yap and Pagan are bombed by single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

M601 Minesweeper
Launched 31 August 1944

R200 R-boat
Is severely damaged after being attacked by Allied aircraft.

R253 R-boat
Launched 31 August 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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