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