Eighth Air Force. Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) directs
air attacks against congested points to delay movement of
more Wehrmacht forces into assault area. In first mission
402 heavy bombers, including 20 Pathfinders, attack targets
at Flers, Conde-sur-Noireau, Falaise, Argentan, L'Aigle, and
Lisieux. Second mission is directed at Kerlin, Bastard, Germany
airfield and at bridges, railroad junctions, depots, and station
at Nantes, Angers, Tours, and adjacent areas. 498 heavy bombers
attack; heavy cloud prevents almost 100 others from bombing
targets. VIII Fighter Command furnishes area support for beachhead
areas in early morning and to heavy bomber operations at midday
and in late afternoon, at the same time maintaining harassment
of command and flying shipping patrol. The fighters encounter
about 150 aircraft during the day, destroying 31. Enemy fighters
account for 4 fighters lost. Fighter-bomber attacks are flown
against about 50 targets, including marshalling yards, sidings,
trains, tunnels, bridges, convoys, airfields, and railroads.
In almost 1,000 sorties, 25 fighters are lost.
Ninth Air Force. 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
medium bombers hit bridges, junctions, trestles, coastal and
field batteries, and marshalling yards in France in support
of invasion. Over 1,100 fighters support ground troops by
dive bombing and strafing, escort medium bombers and transports,
and make sweeps throughout the battle area as Bayeux is liberated
and the Bayeux Caen road is cut. 400 C-47 Skytrain transport
aircraft, C-53 Skytrooper transport aircraft, and gliders
resupply paratroops in the assault area.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather hampers medium bombers operation
but several rail and road bridges and viaducts are attacked.
Fighter-bombers blast retreating motor transport and troops,
and hit bridges North of Rome. Numerous vehicles are destroyed
immediately North of Rome and especially in Subiaco area near
Rome. Many hits are scored on roads and railroads, and several
railroad cars and gun emplacements are destroyed. United States
Fifth Army captures Civitavecchia.
Fifteenth Air Force. Fifteenth Air Force reaches its planned
operational strength of 21 heavy bomber groups and 7 fighters
groups as 332d Fighter Group (P-47 Thunderbolt fighters) begins
operations. 340 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, some with fighters cover, hit Leghorn
dock and harbour installations, Voltri shipyards, Savona railroad
junction, and Vado Ligure marshalling yard, Antheor viaduct,
and Var River bridge. 42 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Recco
viaduct and 32 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly uneventful sweep
over Ferrara Bologna area.
Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Wuntho and Kalemyo. 9 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit Wuntho Shwebo railroad and bridge at Thityabin.
Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue flying ammunition
to Imphal. A few P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Lachigahtawng.
Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lashio and targets along
Salween front. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 15 fighter-bombers
bomb tank concentrations at Taying, destroy several locomotives
at Linfen, and pound railroad yards at Chenghsien. P-40 fighters
and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe sampans at Fort Bayard
and sink a schooner off Nampang Island. 2 rocket-firing P-40
fighters damage processing building at carbide mines at Na
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers bomb Biak Island, hitting gun positions
near Bosnik, airstrip at Sorido, and Borokoe road. A-20 Havoc
light bombers hit shipping in Manokwari area. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers blast supply areas near Orai River. Fighter-bombers
and A-20 Havoc light bombers continue pounding Wewak Hansa
Bay coast. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers hit various targets on Truk Atoll (weather permits
only 10 of 48 aeroplane force to reach target area).
Thirteenth Air Force. All scheduled strikes in Rabaul area
are weathered out. P-39 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters
hit several targets on Bougainville, including occupied areas
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from Makin bomb Ponape.
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