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6th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. The Eighth strikes 5 aircraft and engine factories, torpedo plant, 7 oil refineries, and an airfield in Berlin and Hamburg Kiel areas, and 2 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. 953 heavy bombers attack their targets. 25 fail to return. The 554 fighters in support lose 6 of their number. Total claims of enemy aeroplanes destroyed amount to 34. The bombing is very effective and 10 major targets are severely damaged during one of the best days the Eighth experiences. In conjunction with the operations against the Berlin and Hamburg Kiel areas, the Eighth begins its second shuttle bombing mission to the USSR. 78 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are dispatched, but 3 return to United Kingdom due to mechanical troubles. The heavy bomber formation is met by a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group 60 miles East of Jutland. 75 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb aircraft factory at Rahmel, near Gdynia, with good results. Another P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group picks up the formation as it withdraws toward USSR. No aircraft are lost and the heavy bombers land at Poltava and Mirgorod while the P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers land at Piryatin.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit bridges, fuel and ammunition dumps, and a locomotive depot at Beauvais, Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, Courtalain, Foret de Perseigne, and Blois. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command and furnish cover to ground troops in Vire, Rennes, and Redon areas.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers strike bridges in Southeast France in Rhone Valley and areas to the East, in or near Tarascon and Arles, and along Var River. Fighter-bombers enjoy successful day against targets in North West Italy and Southeast France, including bridges, railroad lines, motor transport, trains, roads, airfields, and town areas, plus shipping at Imperia, Genoa, and La Spezia.

Fifteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters take off from Soviet FRANTIC bases, attack Craiova marshalling yard and other railroad targets in Bucharest Ploesti area, and land at Italian bases. Close to 700 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating against targets in Southeast France, attack oil storage at Le Pouzin, Le Pontet, and Lyon, railroad bridges at Le Pouzin, Avignon, Tarascon, Rambert, and Givors, marshalling yards at Portes-les-Valences and Miramas, and submarine pens at Toulon. 43 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb airfields at Orange, Plan de Dieu, and Valence. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly about 200 sorties in support of bombing missions.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town area of Mohnyin while 2 others destroy bridge at Hsenwi. 21 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit 4 railroad bridges in the Naba Pinbaw area, destroying 2 of them. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit numerous targets at Mohnyin, Hopin, Bhamo, Myothit, Katha, Indaw, and other points in North Burma. A few P-40 fighters strafe targets in Myitkyina area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters again pound Tengchung. 47 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit trucks, troop compounds, and gun positions in Hengyang area. 19 P-40 fighters attack sampans and trucks around Changsha. 20 others hit supplies, trucks, barracks, and targets at Chefang and Mangshih, between Changsha and Hengyang, and between Siangyin and Siangtan.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Yap supply area is bombed by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Heavy frontal weather activity over Vogelkop Peninsula and the Moluccas cancels strikes in that area. On the mainland of New Guinea, medium bombers and fighters, though restricted by weather, support ground operations near Sarmi, hit gun positions at Dagua, and strafe fuel dumps and targets at Cape Djeruen.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Saipan strike Guam twice. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flying out of the Marshalls hit Ponape, and others from the Gilberts hit Nauru. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wotje.

M133 Minesweeper
Sunk 6 August 1944

M206 Minesweeper
Scuttled 6 August 1944

M486 Minesweeper
Sunk 6 August 1944

M263 Minesweeper
Sunk 6 August 1944

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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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