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4th June 1944

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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 in France.

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 bombs Kahili.

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 mission.

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 operations.

M37 Minesweeper
Sunk 4 June 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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