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6th September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters strafe rail and highway traffic in Rotterdam, Aachen and Koblenz areas losing 4 aircraft to flak. 70 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly supplies to battle area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit Brest area strong points, coastal battery at Pointe du Grand Gouin, defences at Saint-Pierre Quilbignon, and Brest area bridge. Fighters hit Brest area gun positions and ammunition dump and fly cover for several armoured and infantry divisions.

Twelfth Air Force. During 5-6 September 1944 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack targets in Savona and Milan areas. During the day weather grounds XII Tactical Air Command aircraft except for a few fighters based in France which fly armed reconnaissance over Belfort, Dijon, and Colmar areas, destroying or damaging numerous motor transport and railroad cars and several locomotives, field guns, trailers, and a tank.

Fifteenth Air Force. 542 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack command targets in Rumania, Yugoslavia and Hungary and troop and tank concentrations in South Yugoslavia. Targets include 2 marshalling yards at Oradea, and 2 nearby bridges over Sebes Koros River, marshalling yard at Novi Sad, bridge at Belgrade, tanks and troops at Leskovac, and marshalling yard at Nyiregyhaza. 2 heavy bombers, with fighters escort, evacuate interned airmen from Bucharest.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Indaw while 3 bomb Katha. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly about 34,000 gals of fuel to Kunming. Large-scale daily Troop Carrier and cargo operations to a variety of China-Burma-India (CBI) terminals continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Yiyang, Lingkuantien railroad yards, trucks North of Lingling, troops and occupied areas around Kiyang and Paishui, and Hengyang airfield. 45 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack troops, shipping, and command targets in Yiyang area, bomb warehouses at Hukow, destroy fuel barge at Pengtse, hit railroad yards, trucks, troops, and sampans at Kweiyang and Lingkuantien, and attack general targets at Yangtien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Santa Ana port. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Buayan airfield in the first medium bombers raid in Philippine Islandssince early 1942. Several B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, turning back from the Santa Ana strike, bomb Rainis. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Galela and South coast of Morotai while fighter-bombers hit Kaoe airfield and bomb Djailolo runway. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers hit airfields at Manokwari, Moemi, Ransiki, and Waren, and stores and personnel area at Nabire. P-40 fighters attack South Soepiori Island and Napido. Other P-39 fighters strafe barges and huts at Suain.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Iwo Jima while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters make strafing and rocket runs on antiaircraft positions on Pagan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. Eniwetok based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

R304 R-boat
Sunk 6 September 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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