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5th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 629 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 6 coastal defence installations in Cherbourg Caen area and 8 in Pas de Calais area, along with 3 V-weapon sites and a railroad bridge. 6 bombers are lost. 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fighter-bombers attack truck convoy near Lille, destroying 2 trucks.

Ninth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb coastal defence batteries in France. More than 100 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb targets in same area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers pound road bridges just North of forces retreating from Rome while fighter-bombers continue attacks against motor transport, railway lines and roads in battle areas and North of Rome, destroying many vehicles and train cars, and scoring numerous hits on bridges, tracks, and roads, as most of United States Fifth Army assault forces cross the Tiber in pursuit of enemy and British Eighth Army forces East of Rome prepare to advance astride the Tiber against Terni and Rieti.

Fifteenth Air Force. 440 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Ferrara, Forli, Faenza, Castel Maggiore, and Bologna, bomb bridges, bridge approaches, and surrounding areas at Rimini, Fornovo di Taro, and Pioppi, and attack viaduct at Vado Ligure. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort. 53 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe Ferrara and Poggio Renatico airfields and 40 strafe and dive-bomb airfields at Bologna and Reggio Emilia.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Bhamo and 4 hit bridge at Ledan Chaung, while others continue ammunition haul into Imphal. 50 fighter-bombers pound Myitkyina area and 20 others hit Loilaw, ragwin, Namti, and Mogaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters support ground forces at Watien and Lameng on Salween front. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 12 P-40 fighters bomb Lashio. 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast barracks and warehouse area at Namhkam. 8 P-40 fighters hit 15 tanks at Taying. 29 P-40 fighters attack numerous oil barges near Yuankiang, leaving 16 of them burning.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes attack Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb area North of Sorido airfield. During 5-6 June 1944 an all-night series of harassing raids by Japanese aeroplanes destroy several Allied aircraft on Wakde.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb truck park at Rabaul. 22 P-39 fighters strike Ratawul. 11 P-38 Lightning fighters hit barges and buildings in Vulcan Crater area. 30 P-39 fighters hit vehicles in Komai Tobago vicinity, a wooded supply area North of Buka airfield, and Cape Tanabom and Kangu Hill areas.

Twentieth Air Force. The Twentieth flies its first very heavy bomber combat mission. Of 98 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's airborne from India, 77 bomb primary target the railroad shops at Bangkok. 5 very heavy bombers are lost to non-battle causes.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok escort photo aircraft over Guam, bomb the island, and proceed to Los Negros for rearming. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi strike Ponape.

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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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