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31st July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 651 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers supported by 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups bomb marshalling yards at Munich and aero engine plants at Munich Allach, airfield at Schleissheim, and scattered targets. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups give withdrawal support. 447 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted beyond Dutch coast by 3 fighters groups, bomb chemical works and city at Ludwigshafen, and South West part of city of Mannheim. 85 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by a P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group bomb airfields at Laon, Athies and Creil. 667 fighters complete missions in support of heavy bombers and in weather scouting duties. 10 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are lost at Munich and 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers at Ludwigshafen. Fighters suffer 3 losses.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack bridges on the Seine, Loire, Mayenne, and Ruisseau la Forge Rivers and a fuel dump at Foret de la Guerche. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance of activities in Dieppe Rouen areas, escort bombers, provide armed column cover, dive-bomb military targets in support of United States First Army and fly a few night intruder missions over enemy territory.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers hit several bridges in West Po Valley while fighters strafe airfields with good results. The fighter-bombers also destroy around 50 railroad cars and damage numerous others.

Fifteenth Air Force. 360 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb 2 oil refineries at Bucharest, 1 each at Ploesti and Doicesti, and oil storage at Targoviste.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit Myitkyina, 11 attack Kamaing Mogaung area, 12 bomb bridge at Mohnyin, 14 support ground forces near Myitkyina, and 11 others hit targets at Sahmaw, Bilumyo, and Pinhe. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Hopin troop area. Japanese are in retreat down Tiddim road.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Wuchang railroad yards. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, operating individually or in pairs, bomb Hengshan, Siangtan, and Hankow and attack Tien Ho, White Cloud, Hengyang, and Wuchang airfields. 60 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack troop compounds, town areas and road and river traffic at several locations in or near Changsha, Hengyang, Kaishowkiao, Liling, Luchi, and Liuchow.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again strike Woleai. Airfields at Lolobata and Galela also are hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. P-39 fighters continue to hit villages on West coast of Geelvink Bay. In Northeast New Guinea fighter-bombers continue pounding Japanese concentrations and targets on North coast, particularly between Wewak and Yakamul. A-20 Havoc light bombers support Australian ground forces in Hansa Bay area, hitting troop positions West of Sepik River and troop concentrations at Singarin and Kopa.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters based on Saipan bomb and strafe Tinian. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin pound Nauru. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls bomb Truk.

Kondor Torpedo boat
Destroyed 31 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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