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4th July 1944

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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, and Peleliu.

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 Truk.

M279 Minesweeper
Launched 4 July 1944

M469 Minesweeper
Sunk 4 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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