Eighth Air Force. In late morning and mid afternoon raids,
over 1,250 heavy bombers attack 4 oil refineries, 4 aircraft
factories, 4 airfields, Peenemunde
experimental establishment, and torpedo plants in Germany,
2 coastal batteries in Pas de Calais area, and 2 V-weapon
sites, 2 airfields, a marshalling yard, a railroad crossing,
and a bridge in North West France. All of the Eighth's 15
fighters groups support the operations, flying 782 sorties.
Heavy bombers claim 3 aeroplanes destroyed and fighters claim
39 destroyed in air and 15 on ground. Strafing claims include
numerous items of rolling stock. 14 heavy bombers and 15 fighters
are lost during the day.
Ninth Air Force. 62 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb
rail bridges at Oissel, Epernon, and Saint-Remy-sur-Avre and
an ammunition dump and bivouac area in Foret de Sille. Fighters
furnish cover over battle area and for an armed column, fly
sweeps, dive-bomb enemy positions and also fuel dumps at Angers,
attack ammunition dump at Tours, and fly armed reconnaissance
in Quimper-Nantes, Amines, and Saint-Quentin areas.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather severely hampers the day's operations.
Medium bombers attacking bridges at Levens, Ventimiglia, Fontan,
and along Var River achieve poor results. Fighter-bombers
in same general area hit bridges, tracks, guns, junction,
and airfield, and strike at Nice harbour.
Fifteenth Air Force. In an attempt to comply with the first
direct Soviet request for Army Air Force air strikes, 70 P-38
Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers leave
Italy, attack airfields and town of Focsani and land at FRANTIC
bases in USSR.
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Sahmaw in support of
advancing Allied ground forces. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
also support ground forces in the Sahmaw Taungni area. Fighter-bombers
hit various targets, including town areas, gun positions,
troops, and command lines in or near Shwegu Pinbaw, Kazu,
Bhamo, Myitkyina, Bilumyo, Mawhe, Mainghka, and Onsansaing.
Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Mangshih and airfields
at Lashio and Hsenwi. 32 P-40 fighters hit town area and targets
at Tengchung. 70 P-40 fighters attack troops, supplies, river
shipping, and trucks at several points in Tungting Lake Yangtze
River region. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters knock out 2 bridges
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply
area on Utagal Island and airfield at Yap. Other B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb oil installations at Boela and attack Faan.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
hit oilfields at Klamono and at Kasim Island and bomb Nabire
airfield. P-39 fighters strafe Pegun Island. A-20 Havoc light
bombers and fighter-bombers in support of Allied forces pound
enemy concentrations, supplies, and barges East of Driniumor
River, at Abau, South of Torricelli Range, at Boram, and just
West of Wewak.
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 2 strikes against
Guam. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers staging from the Marshalls,
Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-38 Lightning fighters accompanied by 1 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers fly top cover for naval force near Massacre Bay. 4
medium bombers fly an uneventful shipping sweep.
Sunk 4 August 1944, along with M424
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