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3rd August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. In early afternoon nearly 400 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards in France and 1 in Germany, an oil refinery in Germany, and an airfield, road and rail junctions, bridges, and a few individual targets in France. 3 of the 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups providing escort later strafe transportation targets and airfields. 12 aircraft are claimed destroyed. 6 heavy bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. Later in the afternoon 515 bombers attack 20 V-weapon sites in France. 2 airfields and a railroad bridge and a junction in France, 2 oil refineries and a storage depot in Belgium, 4 oil facilities in France, a road and rail bridge in the Netherlands, and marshalling yards in Belgium. 6 fighters groups provide uneventful escort. One heavy bomber is lost.

Ninth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb rail bridges, overpasses, and junctions at Mantes-la-Jolie, Chartres, La Chenaie and Merey, fuel dump at Maintenon, and alternate rail targets in North France. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command bombers and a few C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft, provide cover for ground forces, and fly armed reconnaissance over wide areas of North and West France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers achieve fair results in attacks on bridges at Gilette, Levens, Lesegno, Albenga, and Asti, and at 2 locations along Var River. Fighter-bombers have successful day against command targets (mainly road and railroad bridges) and airfields in North Italy. At least 15 bridges are damaged or demolished and several parked aircraft are destroyed.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit industry in Friedrichshafen area, including chemical works, fabric works, and 2 aircraft factories, and bomb command targets in Brenner Pass area, attacking Avisio viaduct and bridges at Ora and San Michele all'Adige. Fighters fly about 300 sorties in support. Heavy bombers and fighters claim 18 enemy aircraft shot down. 11 United States aeroplanes are destroyed.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wanling, knock out bridge at Panghkam, and attack bridges along the railroad from Naba to Myitkyina. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces North of Taungni and near Sahmaw, hit towns of Shwegu and Mosit, attack factory area at Mohnyin, and pound boats, troop concentrations, and gun positions at Myitkyina and Maingna.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb town of Yoyang. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Mangshih. Nearly 150 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack targets, including airfields, troops, town areas, supply areas, and rail, road, and river traffic at numerous locations, including areas of Tengchung, Tingka, Mangshih, Loyang, Changsha, Hengyang, Tangyang, Chingmen, Chaling, Siangyin, Nanchang, Siangtan, Hengshan, Chuchou, Ikiawan, and Leiyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap and islands in Woleai group. Bad weather cancels scheduled strikes over Vogelkop Peninsula area, However, medium bombers hit troop concentrations at Bira and other points on MacCluer Gulf, bomb Urarom, and support Allied ground forces on Biak by hitting troops in Korim Bay area. An ammunition dump and oil derrick at Boela are also destroyed. Supply dumps, command targets, and bridges are hit as fighter-bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to blast areas around But, Dagua, and Wewak.

Seventh Air Force. VII Air Service Area Command is activated. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls pound Truk.

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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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