Eighth Air Force. Shuttle mission continues from USSR. In
accordance with Soviet request, target is oil refinery in
Poland. 57 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 37 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers are dispatched. 55 heavy bombers (2
return to base early) bomb refinery at Trzebinia. P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers engage 6 to 8 enemy fighters over target and
claim destruction of 3 of them. The aeroplanes return to FRANTIC
bases in USSR. In United Kingdom 902 heavy bombers, supported
by 10 fighters groups, are dispatched to bomb oil dumps and
bridges in France. Cloud conditions cause multiple aborts,
but 483 heavy bombers bomb 11 oil dumps, 5 bridges, 3 airfields,
and an marshalling yard. 3 heavy bombers are lost. 8 groups
of fighter-bombers attack marshalling yards and rail transportation
North and East of Paris.
Ninth Air Force. To maintain close association with ground
forces, IX Tactical Air Command and XIX Tactical Air Command
constitute mobile units to accompany Advance Headquarters
of United States First and Third Armies, respectively, as
they advance rapidly to the East. General Brereton relinquishes
command of Ninth Air Force to become Commanding General First
Allied Airborne Army. 380 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26
Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges at Nogent-sur-Seine and
Neuvy-sur-Loire. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command, furnish
defensive cover in Vire, Laval, and Rennes areas, and support
ground forces in assault area.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers bomb shipping at Monaco, Genoa, Finale
Ligure, and Alassio during 6
August 1944. During day, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and
B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges at Les Censies,
Ventimiglia, La Voultesur Rhone, Livron, Avignon, and Pont-Saint-Esprit.
Fighter-bombers hit rail and road bridges, marshalling yards
at Alessandria and Albenga, shipping at Imperia and Nice,
and airfields in North West Italy and South France.
Fifteenth Air Force. 353 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb 2 synthetic oil refineries at Blechhammer; over
300 fighters provide support. 76 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
hit Alibunar airfield and Novi Sad oil facilities. Heavy bombers
and fighters claim nearly 30 aircraft shot down.
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers destroy 2 bridges, damage 2 others,
and hit targets in areas around Naba and Mawhun. Fighter-bombers
attack Mohnyin, Myothit, and Pinbaw, hit motor pool at Namana,
damage 2 bridges South of Bhamo, and attack targets during
sweeps of Onbauk airfield and town of Bhamo. Fighter-bombers
also support ground forces in Taungni area.
Fourteenth Air Force. 87 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters hit Hengyang and trucks, troops, and gun positions
in the surrounding area. 21 P-40 fighters bomb Changsha, 4
hit river craft at Siangsiang, 4 bomb wall at Tengchung, and
6 attack Hsiaoshuipu.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb power
plant, antiaircraft positions, and barracks area on Yap, phosphate
plant on Fais Island, and airfields at Galela and Lolobata,
where 35-50 aircraft are destroyed or damaged.
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Guam twice during
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