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7th June 1944

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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 Duong.

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 at Monoitu.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin bomb Ponape.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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