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7th August 1944

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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 6-7 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 the day.

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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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