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7th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 549 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb city of Berlin, 167 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb industrial centre of Osnabruck, 145 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike industrial area of Munster, and around 30 other heavy bombers bomb various targets in Germany in morning raids. During the afternoon 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Liege and 9 bomb targets. This is the first day in which over 900 Eighth Air Force heavy bombers attack targets and the second time in which over 1,000 are airborne on a single day's operations. 9 bombers are lost.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather remains poor and precludes medium bombers operations. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit dump South West of Albano Laziale. Fighter-bombers hit command, especially roads, with excellent results. Roads, motor transports, trains, gun positions, bridges, tracks, marshalling yards, harbour areas, and other targets are attacked in areas around Stimigliano, Vetralla, Viterbo, Bracciano, Anzio, Manziana, Acquapendente, Civitavecchia, Terracina, Rome, and Elba Island.

Fifteenth Air Force. 420 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards in Bucharest. 62 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers to target and 53 provide withdrawal escort. 84 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly target cover. 38 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack bridge at Belgrade.

Tenth Air Force. 35 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound area around Bishenpur. 15 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kangaung area. 4 P-40 fighters hit targets along road from North of Nanyaseik to Kamaing. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Gulf of Siam off Sattahib.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit vehicle concentrations West and North West of Hsiangcheng and bomb town of Chiahsien, and 4 P-40 fighters destroy at least 25 trucks between the 2 towns. 8 P-40 fighters destroy or damage 40-60 trucks, tanks, and other vehicles during road sweeps from Loyang to Yenshih and from Yehhsien to Paofeng. 8 P-40 fighters strafe forces and equipment East of Luchou, while 4 hit railroad targets at Lang Son.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Urarom, Biak Island, Hollandia Wakde coast, and Sawar Maffin Bay area. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers again attack targets from Wewak to area around Hansa Bay and strafe villages along Sepik River.

Thirteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, hampered by bad weather, attack coastal gun on Cape Friendship and bomb West coast of Rantan Island. 70 P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters bomb numerous targets throughout Buka and Bougainville, including shipping and supply area at Chabai and Tsirogei, huts at Hiru Hiru, near Tonu, and at Monoitu, and bridges West of Haigi and on Miwo River.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk during 6-7 May 1944. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi hit Ponape during the following day. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Jaluit and Wotje.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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