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5th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. In the morning 1,062 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike Magdeburg Brunswick Hannover region, bombing oil, aircraft, and engine works and airfield. 14 fighters groups provide support, 657 aeroplanes completing sorties. The heavy bombers and fighters encounter about 100 fighters and claim 30 destroyed. The fighters of 6 groups fly strafing missions against highway and rail traffic and several airfields. 14 heavy bombers and 6 fighters are lost. During afternoon 38 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group bomb 6 V-weapon sites and an airfield in France. No losses are suffered.

Ninth Air Force. In order that operations controlled by Ninth Air Force be developed in close association with Headquarters 12th Army Group, the Ninth's Headquarters at Uxbridge and Grandcamp-les-Bains are closed and a single Headquarters opened the following day 6 August 1944 at Saint-Sauveur-Lendelin near both Advance Headquarters 12th Army Group and Advance Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF). 50th and 53rd Troop Carrier Wings of IX Troop Carrier Command are attached to Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF) for purpose of forming, with 51st Troop Carrier Wing, a Provisional Troop Carrier Air Division to handle the airborne phase of the invasion of South France. 300 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Saint-Malo harbour and Foret de Sille fuel dump during 4-5 August 1944, and during the day, rail bridges at 6 cities in North and West France, and marshalling yard at Compiegne. Fighters furnish cover for ground forces and fly armed reconnaissance over wide areas of North France.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again restricts operations. A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance in Po Valley during 4-5 August 1944, attack lights and vehicles. Fighter-bombers fly a few unsuccessful missions against bridges.

Tenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town area of Taungni and stores area at Bilumyo. 50 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers also pound Taungni area. 21 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack targets throughout widespread area around Bhamo.

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Wanling. 3 hit Lashio airfield. 36 P-40 fighters again pound Tengchung. In Tungting Lake area 50 P-40 fighters attack command targets, troops, and numerous trucks.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb personnel and supply areas on Yap. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil facilities at Boela while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit villages and small boats near Seleman Bay and afterwards bomb Besar Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack seaplane anchorage at Kokas while P-39 fighters strafe barges in West Geelvink Bay area. Despite bad weather, P-39 fighters manage to hit Luain gun positions and ammunition dump. A few B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sasa airfield.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Saipan fly 2 strikes against Guam.

Eleventh Air Force. A weather mission is followed by a shipping sweep flown by 2 medium bombers which is aborted early due to weather.

M271 Minesweeper
Sunk 5 August 1944, along with M325

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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