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3rd July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 55 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers in Italy on USSR shuttle mission join Fifteenth Air Force heavy bombers in bombing marshalling yards at Arad. 38 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers of VIII Fighter Command, also on shuttle run, fly escort on the mission.

Ninth Air Force. Almost 275 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters strafe and bomb strong points, gun positions, fuel dump, command lines, bridges, and patrol beach in vicinity of Lessay and Periers, South of United States First Army's advance.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound enemy fuel dumps while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges tunnels, and viaducts at Pietrasanta, Canneto sull'Oglio and Saviano, and fuel storage tanks in Pontelagoscuro area. Fighter-bombers blast motor transport and bridges in battle area as United States Fifth Army begins drive on Leghorn. Vehicle park, ammunition dump, and a barge are also hit.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack oil storage, oil refinery, and locomotive works at Bucharest, oil storage at Giurgiu, railroad targets at Turnu Severin, bridge at Piatra, marshalling yards at Arad and Timisoara, bridge at Szeged, and oil storage at Belgrade. Fighters fly over 250 sorties in support of missions.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces in Myitkyina area, which also is covered by 10 plane combat patrol.

Fourteenth Air Force. In Tungting Lake area 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yoyang railroad yards. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters pound river shipping, bridges, gun sites, compounds, and villages at several locations, including Leiyang, Ssutang, Yungfengshih, and Tsungyang. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers drop ammunition to Chinese ground forces at Hengyang. P-40 fighters damage bridge at Phu Lang Thuong and hit nearby targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit personnel and supply areas South of Kamiri and support invading ground forces as they push East along North coast of Noemfoor Island. Efman Island, Manokwari, and Biak Island are attacked by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters. Wewak coastal area continues under sustained air attack as Allied aeroplanes pound targets including forces at Brandi Plantation and supplies and a bridge near But. Heavy bombers hit airstrips, antiaircraft positions, and targets in Yap group, at Woleai, and at Peleliu. Larat and Saumlakki are also bombed.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit troops remaining on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk.

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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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