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4th August 1944

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Events On This Day

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 at Mongyu.

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, hit Ponape.

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.

M422 Minesweeper
Sunk 4 August 1944, along with M424

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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