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3rd September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Ludwigshafen, Opau synthetic oil plant. 5 escorting P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups claim 7 combat victories. Nearly 400 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 16 gun batteries and defensive installations in Brest area, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group, which claims 7 aircraft destroyed. 3 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups strafe transportation targets in Tilburg, Namur and Cologne areas. Bad weather cancels fighter-bomber mission against strong points in Brest area. Over 50 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly supplies to Orleans, Bricy airfields.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers supporting ground troops pound strong points and bridges in Brest area. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance, ground support, and sweeps in North and East France, Belgium, and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers pound railroad and road bridges in West Po Valley while fighter-bombers blast motor transport and rolling stock in Turin area. On 2-3 September 1944, A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance of North Italy, start fires in Genoa harbour. Fighter-bombers blast Wehrmacht vehicles retreating up Rhone Valley. Capture of Lyon is completed by French elements of United States Seventh Army.

Fifteenth Air Force. Almost 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit key escape routes of retreating Wehrmacht forces in the Balkans, and bomb rail command and supply lines South from Budapest, 3 bridges in Belgrade area, bridges at Szajol and Szeged, and badly damage ferry docks at Smederovo. 3 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers evacuate interned airmen from Bucharest. 40 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Smederovo ferry and strafe Kovin and Baviniste airfields and a landing ground, destroying many parked aircraft, motor transport, vehicles, and fuel tanks. 75 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe roads, railroads, vehicles, bivouac areas, railroad repair shops, and miscellaneous targets in Skoplje, Nish, Krusevac, Belgrade areas.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack and slightly damage Tahpalai bridge Northeast of Hsipaw. 1 B-26 Marauder medium bombers knocks out centre span of a railroad bridge in the area and another causes considerable damage at Indaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound marshalling yards at Nanking. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy at least 45 trucks and damage about 100 others during armed reconnaissance from Hengyang to Tungting Lake and Yoyang. 2 others bomb Hengyang airfield. More than 100 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters attack troops, railroad targets, bridges, and other targets in areas around Changning, Hengyang, Sungpai, Chuki, Yangtien, Hengshan, and near Haiphong and in Red River Valley.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Langoan airfield and Lembeh Strait warehouses and shipping. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit village of Tobelo. Fighter-bombers hit Babo, Waren and Nabire airfields, Manokwari storage and personnel areas, strafe areas along MacCluer Gulf, and fly coastal sweeps in Wewak area, strafing troops, supplies, and occupied areas. Fighter-bombers hit oil tanks and radio station at Boela.

Thirteenth Air Force. XIII Bomber Command moves from Los Negros to Wakde.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan and Maug Islands with rockets. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap.

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