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6th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 231 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb dock area at Kiel during morning while 687 heavy bombers bomb 18 V-weapon sites, 7 airfields, a marshalling yard and a highway intersection. 3 heavy bombers and 2 fighters are lost. In the late afternoon 220 heavy bombers strike 6 V-weapon sites and supply installations, 3 railroad bridges, a highway bridge, and an airfield in North France. 471 fighters escort the heavy bombers. Afterwards a squadron of P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bombs 3 airfields in Conches area. No aircraft are lost on afternoon mission.

Ninth Air Force. During the morning around 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb bridges and rail lines at 8 locations in France. In afternoon 5 targets are attacked, including bridges, fuel dumps, railroad tracks, and V-weapon location. Over 15 fighters groups escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance of rail lines, roads, and marshalling yards, damaging or destroying tracks, trains, tunnel, building, and supply dump. Fighters also cover beach and bomb and strafe troop concentrations and gun positions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit ammunition ship at La Spezia during 5-6 July 1944 and continue attacks on fuel supplies during the day. Medium bombers again hit command, concentrating on bridges North of battle line, and attack enemy warehouses and Headquarters. Fighter-bombers hit rail lines (with especially good results between Viareggio and Massa Lombarda ) and damage several bridges just North of battle area as United States Fifth Army continues clearing Rosignano and takes Castellina Marittima and Mount Vaso.

Fifteenth Air Force. 530 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Verona marshalling yard, Bergamo steel works, Avisio viaduct, Tagliamento Casarsa della Delizia railroad bridge, Aviano oil and gasoline storage, Porto Marghera oil storage, and Trieste oil refinery. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack bridge near Myitkyina while 40 others support ground forces in the area. Several other P-40 fighters attack Maingna, barracks at Sahmaw, train at Taungni, and troops at Sakangyi. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Maingna and 2 hit Mohnyin.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers continue to pound river shipping, bridges, troop concentrations, road traffic, and general targets throughout wide area around Tungting Lake and along the Yangtze. Hit particularly hard are town area and supply depot at Sinshih. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers near Burma border cause considerable damage at Tengchung and drop supplies to Chinese ground forces on Salween front, and during 6-7 July 1944 bomb Tien Ho airfield at Canton.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to pound Wewak area, concentrating on troops South of Matapau. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers sweep North coast of Vogelkop Peninsula and offshore islands, hitting targets. Other fighter-bombers hit Manokwari area and buildings at Ransiki, Moari, and Oransbari. Airfields, gun positions, command targets, and supply dumps in area around Babo are hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb town and warehouse area of Yap and a few hit airfields at Woleai.

Twentieth Air Force. General Saunders becomes Commanding General XX Bomber Command.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe forces on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, pound Truk during 5-6 July 1944, and follow with another raid during the day. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based at Makin, hit Nauru.

R224 R-boat
Sunk 6 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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