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7th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 3 synthetic oil plants, 8 aircraft assembly plants and engine works, 2 airfields and an equipment depot, 2 marshalling yards a railway station, railway repair shops, and city of Hameln, all in Germany. 37 heavy bombers are lost during the day's operations, 649 fighters escort heavy bombers. 42 P-38 Lightning fighters and 124 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters make strafing attacks, destroying parked aircraft, locomotives, and rolling stock. Fighters claim 77 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed in aerial combat and 4 on ground. 6 fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb rail bridge near Tours, and targets in Lisieux and Beuzeville areas. Over 500 fighters fly escort and area cover, carry out armed reconnaissance of command and troop activity, and bomb railroads, rolling stock, marshalling yards, ammunition dumps, and bridges in front line areas and wide areas of West France.

Twelfth Air Force. During 6-7 July 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb La Spezia harbour and motor transport in the area, and resume attack on fuel supplies during the day. B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score direct hits on railway bridges at Reggio Emilia, and over the Fratta River and possible hits on Santa Maria di Mugnano bridge and 2 other bridges in the area they also hit Collecchio fuel dump, causing many fires and explosions. Fighter-bombers attack Ferrara airfield, town of Empoli, and rail lines, bridges, fuel and ammunition dumps, motor transport, and numerous other targets in battle area as United States Fifth Army forces complete clearing of Rosignano.

Fifteenth Air Force. 560 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 2 synthetic oil plants at Blechhammer, synthetic oil and coking plant at Odertal, and Zagreb airfield and marshalling yard. Heavy bombers and fighters escorts claim more than 50 aircraft shot down during fierce battle with 275 to 300 fighters mainly in Vienna Budapest area. 18 United States aircraft are listed as destroyed and a larger number missing.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit targets at Okkyin and Namkwin and strafe trucks near Myitkyina. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges and railroad tracks at Hopin and Naba.

Fourteenth Air Force. In Tungting Lake area United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit Yoyang, Siangtan, Liling, and Yungfengshih, strafe cavalry forces North of Yuhsien, hit river shipping, troops, and pontoon bridge at Siangsiang, attack compounds in Leiyang area, and bomb storage at Shihshow. 10 miles East of Ichang on the Yangtze P-40 fighters thoroughly blast Japanese post. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud airfields and pound town of Tsingyun.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Moemi and Nabire airfields; supply dumps along Wiske River are also attacked. A few fighter-bombers and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft attack barges, gun positions, and troops along coast in Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap, Sorol Island radio station, and runway on Woleai.

Twentieth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, operating out of Chengtu during 7-8 July 1944, bomb Sasebo, Omura, and Tobata (most of the planes hitting Sasebo area). 3 others attack secondary and last resort targets at Laoyao and in Hankow area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-61 Black Widow, night fighters carry out interceptor missions over Guam, Saipan, and Rota during 6-7 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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