Eighth Air Force. 256 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers attack 7 airfields North and West of Paris,
plus several targets. Bad weather and mechanical failures
cause over 350 others to abort. VIII Fighter Command flies
594 sorties during heavy bomber escort and strafing assignments
against transportation targets.
Ninth Air Force. Although bad weather curtails bomber operations,
95 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
bomb rail bridge at Oissel and strongly defended positions
North of Anneville-sur-Mer, using Pathfinder technique. More
than 900 fighters strafe and bomb numerous targets in France
including troop concentrations, gun positions, rail lines,
marshalling yards, tunnel, radio station, bridges, highways,
and a command post. Fighters also fly escort and cover beach
and assault areas.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) light bombers and medium bombers operations.
Fighter-bomber operations are greatly reduced but attacks
are made on bridges, rail lines, roads, and guns in and North
of battle area as United States Fifth Army elements clear
parts of Rosignano, overrun Mount Vitalba and area to its
East, and push into Casole d'Elsa.
Fifteenth Air Force. 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb bridge and railroad repair works at Pitesti and
oil refinery at Brasov. 350 fighters escort heavy bombers
and carry out sweeps in target area. Claims of enemy fighters
destroyed total 17. 1 fighters group strafes 2 landing grounds
and a troop train in Yugoslavia on return trip to base.
Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters continue support of ground forces near Myitkyina.
20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
fly offensive sweep over Lashio area, patrol Mogaung area,
and bomb targets at Taungni, Nampadaung, and Mogaung. 4 B-25
Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges and railroad tracks in
Hopin and Naba areas.
Fourteenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
medium bombers and 74 fighter-bombers pound targets throughout
Tungting Lake Yangtze River region and in Yellow River and
Canton areas. River shipping is hit hard, particularly along
Siang Chiang River. Troop concentrations, road traffic, and
general targets are hit at many locations. Towns bombed include
Shasi, Lukou, Yungfengshih, Liling, Siangtan, and Yuhsien.
Airfield at Hengyang is bombed and supplies are dropped to
Chinese troops in the area. Airfields and warehouses in Canton
area are bombed and targets at Linfen, Wenhsi, and Puchou
in Yellow River region are strafed.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
A-20 Havoc light bombers continue support of Allied ground
forces pushing East and Southeast from Kamiri airfield area
of Noemfoor Island and taking Kamiri village and Kornasoren
airfield. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe targets at nearby
Biak Island while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields
at Efman Island. Other aircraft bomb and strafe troops East
of Maffin Bay. Personnel areas at But and Dagua and barges
at Wewak Point are also attacked. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
hit shipping and airfields in Amboina Ceram area. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb Yap and hit airstrips on Woleai, Sorol,
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters on Saipan continue fighter-bomber operations
against forces on Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan and Rota Islands.
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, pound
Launched 4 July 1944
Sunk 4 July 1944
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