Eighth Air Force. In the first mission of the day the escort
is to be divided between Pas de Calais (COVER) area and the
Normandy assault (NEPTUNE ) area. However, D-Day is postponed
24 hours and the NEPTUNE force is cancelled. 231 heavy bombers
attack 7 targets in Pas de Calais area. In the second mission
283 aircraft bomb 8 coastal defence positions in same area.
Third mission of the day consists of attacks by 400 heavy
bombers on 10 targets including airfields, railway junctions
and bridges. No bombers are lost on any of the missions.
Ninth Air Force. Over 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
bomb highway bridge and coastal batteries in France. Almost
200 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
dive-bomb bridges, railroad junction, rolling stock and targets
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers hit railroad bridges in North Central Italy. Fighter-bombers
concentrate on motor transport on roads North of Rome over
which enemy is retreating as United States Fifth Army columns
converge on the city amidst enthusiastic welcome by the populace.
A record number of over 600 motor transport are claimed destroyed
and almost as many more damaged by Twelfth Air Force and The
British Royal Air Force (RAF) units of Mediterranean Allied
Tactical Air Force (MATAF).
Fifteenth Air Force. More than 650 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers attack command in North West Italy
and on both sides of Franco Italian frontier, hitting marshalling
yard and repair works at Turin, marshalling yards at Genoa
and Novi Ligure, bridges at Gad and Orelle, and viaducts at
Recco and Antheor. Fighters fly over 200 sorties in support
of the heavy bombers.
Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters hit Myitkyina area while 19 others hit various points
in North Burma, including Haka, Kamaing, Kamasaing, Tagwin,
and Bilumyo. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue ammunition
lift to Imphal.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters bomb artillery positions and targets in Watien
area of Salween battle front. Others bomb railroad targets
in Northeast Indochina.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers bomb town and harbour at Manokwari and
shipping to the East in Geelvink Bay. B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb Namber and Borokoe airfields while fighters battle
enemy aeroplanes in general area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb area near Orai River mouth while A-20 Havoc light bombers
hit Wewak and fighter-bombers pound Hansa Bay coast.
Thirteenth Air Force. Bad weather again prevents strikes against
Rabaul area. P-39 fighters flying a total of 55 sorties, blast
truck park near Komai, strafe huts at Doure, and attack pier
at Tunuru. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters weathered out of Rabaul
strike Tonolai supply area. A lone B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
Seventh Air Force. During the night United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through
Eniwetok, hit Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi
follow with daylight raid on Ponape.
Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly uneventful reconnaissance
over Shimushiru. Fuel shortage and equipment failure prevent
flying to Matsuwa (secondary). Later, a B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters fly a guard ship cover
A United States Navy Task Group 22.3 (TG 22.3) captures the
Kriegsmarine U-boat U-505
and her code books, Enigma machine assisted Allied code breaking
Sunk 4 June 1944
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