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4th September 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents bomber activity. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance over Belgium, East France, Luxembourg, and East and Central Germany, and defensive night patrols over West and North West France. British complete liberation of Brussels and clear most resistance from Antwerp.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit several road and railroad bridges and tunnel in Po Valley while fighter-bombers strike pontoon bridges, roads, bridges, and motor transport in preparation for Allied ground assault on Gothic Line. During 3-4 September 1944 A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance of Po Valley bomb vehicles in Turin, Milan areas. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance and offensive patrols in Po and Rhone Valleys.

Fifteenth Air Force. 305th Fighter Wing (Provisional) is organised and given control of the 3 P-38 Lightning fighters groups of 306th Fighter Wing. Almost 400 heavy bombers, with fighters escort, attack submarines in Genoa harbour and hit command in North Italy including Avisio viaduct, marshalling yards at Trento, Bronzola, and Ora, and railroad bridges at Ora, Casarsa della Delizia, and Latisana.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul 32,000 gallons of fuel to Kunming. Though heavy rains curtail combat operations, 9 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Bhamo and Myothit.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast sampan, barge, and motor launch concentrations in Kweiyang area. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers 3 pt, pound Paishui and Lingling areas, considerably damaging town of Lingling and killing an estimated 60 soldiers and 10 horses. 100 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance kill large numbers of troops and horses, pound river and road traffic, and a variety of other targets in the East Burma South West China region around Changning and Lungling and throughout areas mainly to the South of Tungting Lake Yangtze River section of inland Southeast China, mainly around Hengyang, Lingling, Leiyang, Yangtien, and Kiyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Bad weather cancels most large-scale operations. A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Urarom airfield and fighter-bombers attack Moemi and hit Napido. During 4-5 September 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kendari airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, on armed reconnaissance, snooper mission, and training flight, bomb Iwo Jima, Marcus, Yap, and Pagan Islands. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan with rockets and strafing attacks. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein strike Wotje.

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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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