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5th September 1944

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Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly anti shipping sweep close to Paramushiru and draw shore based antiaircraft fire. 8 fighters intercept but there are no losses on either side.

Eighth Air Force. Over 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Stuttgart aero engine plant, Ludwigshafen synthetic oil plant, Karlsruhe marshalling yard, and various targets. 9 fighters groups fly support and several groups strafe airfields. Fighters claim 19 aerial combat victories. Nearly 150 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers supported by a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group bomb 5 gun emplacements in Brest area. 5 fighters groups in sweeps over Frankfurt, Main, Stuttgart and Rotterdam areas strafe airfields and rail, road, and river traffic and claim 9 air victories and 62 aircraft destroyed on ground. In Germany 2 fighter-bomber groups bomb 3 airfields and strafe 2, claiming destruction of 66 parked aircraft. Nearly 90 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly supplies to France.

Ninth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb strong points in Brest area and coastal battery at Pointe du Grand Gouin. Fighters hit gun positions and other military targets in Brest area and fly cover for 6 armoured and infantry divisions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers again strike with excellent results road and rail bridges in Po Valley while fighter-bombers blast rail lines and rolling stock South of the river. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Milan and Genoa areas during 4-5 September 1944, and attack ammunition stores during the day. Fighters fly sweeps through Rhone Valley and support limited ground force advance in preparation for major assault on Gothic Line.

Fifteenth Air Force. 430 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, with fighters escort, attack command targets in Hungary and North Italy to impede withdrawal from the lower Balkans and to disrupt railroad command in Italian North. Targets hit are 2 railroad bridges at Budapest and 1 each at Szolnok and Szob and a railroad bridge at Ferrara. Heavy bombers dispatched to Yugoslavia cannot bomb target because of total cloud cover.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound targets at Indaw. 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Kunming. Numerous other cargo and Troop Carrier sorties are flown to various China-Burma-India (CBI) terminals.

Fourteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pounding Kiyang and Hengyang cause considerable damage in both towns and at the Hengyang airfield. 6 others attack trucks and other targets at Siangtan ferry crossing, near Hengyang and Kiyang, in Lingling and Yoyang areas, and at Samshui. 2 more B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kowloon shipyards. 26 P-40 fighters blast concentrations of river junks, troops and horses in Kiyang Wangyang area. Other fighter-bombers, operating individually or in flights of 2 to 10 aircraft, hit a variety of targets throughout Hengyang, Kiyang, Yungfengshih, and Lishui area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Peleliu airfield, a few bombing Saipan Small-scale B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strikes hit Kendari airfield while fighter-bombers attack Galela and nearby villages, Soepiori Peninsula villages and Waren and Moemi airfields. Almost 60 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast Langoan airfield while a sizeable B-25 Mitchell medium bombers force bombs Djailolo airfield, several villages, and Kaoe antiaircraft positions.

Seventh Air Force. 20 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima. 2 others on armed reconnaissance hit Marcus and Yap. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters make strafing and rocket attacks on antiaircraft positions on Pagan. Gilberts based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Nauru and Ponape.

M274 Minesweeper
Scuttled 5 September 1944

M276 Minesweeper
Scuttled 5 September 1944

R12 R-boat
Sunk 5 September 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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