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5th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 233 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 3 airfields in the Netherlands and 2 in Belgium, a factory near Mol, and 3 V-weapon supply sites in France. 184 fighters fly sorties in support of the heavy bombers. 70 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers on shuttle mission (United Kingdom-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-Italy United Kingdom) attack marshalling yard at Beziers (with Fifteenth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) while on last leg from Italy to United Kingdom. 42 VIII Fighter Command P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers return to United Kingdom with the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers. (Of the 11 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers remaining in Italy, 10 return to United Kingdom the following day and the last several days later.)

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb bridges at Caen and also rail sidings, tracks, and rolling stock. In the afternoon 4 NOBALL Headquarters are hit. 600 fighters escort IX Bomber Command, carry out armed reconnaissance of command and enemy movements, attack rail lines, rolling stock, marshalling yards, bridges, supply dumps, and cover beach area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Villafranca di Verona marshalling yard, Aulla railroad bridge, and Ostiglia fuel dumps while A-20 Havoc light bombers blast supply dump and rail lines. Fighter-bombers hit tracks, bridges, roads, and other targets in battle area as United States Fifth Army continues fierce fighting around Rosignano.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Montpellier and Beziers marshalling yards and Toulon submarine pens and harbour installations. Close to 200 fighters sorties are flown in support of the missions.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber continue support in Myitkyina sector while 12 other aeroplanes fly armed reconnaissance in same area. 20 other P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit targets in areas around Hopin, Namma, and Naungtalaw. The town area of Naungtalaw also is pounded by 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers .

Fourteenth Air Force. 136 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and 64 medium bombers attack targets throughout Tungting Lake area. Targets include river shipping, warehouses, troops, artillery, trucks, and other targets at Liling, Lukou, Pingkiang, Yungfengshih, Siangyin, and Chuting. Hengyang airfield is bombed, and supplies are dropped to Chinese forces in the vicinity. In Salween area 40 transports drop supplies to Chinese forces on battle line, and 4 fighter-bombers pound town and vicinity of Tengchung. 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply and ammunition depot at Canton. 6 medium bombers attack airfields in the area. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Shanghai harbour.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In area around Wewak A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit dumps at Dagua and attack barges during 4-5 July 1944. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrips and antiaircraft guns at Yap and Woleai Sorol and Paliau Island are also hit. Light strikes are flown in support of troops on Noemfoor Island and against barges, airfields, and troop concentrations at Efman and Biak Islands and at Moemi, Manokwari, and in Wakde area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly fighter-bomber operations over Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

R111 R-boat
Sunk 5 July 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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