Eighth Air Force. Shuttle mission continues as B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort,
leave bases in USSR. While 36 hit Buzau airfield others hit
airfields at Zilistea. No fighters are encountered during
mission. 359 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from United Kingdom
bomb 10 V-weapon
sites and 4 airfields in Northeast France. 6 P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers groups provide escort. 2 groups bomb and 3
groups strafe rail facilities and rail and motor transportation
with good results. 497 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
bomb troop concentrations and strong points and targets South
of Caen. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups give support,
1 later strafing traffic in Rouen area. 10 heavy bombers and
4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost, mostly to antiaircraft
fire. 4 groups of fighter-bombers (163 planes) strafe and
bomb marshalling yards, a bridge, and targets North and West
of Dijon and in Paris-miens-Saint-Quentin area. Eighth Air
Force during the day and The British Royal Air Force (RAF)
August 1944, drop over 5,200 tons of bombs, mainly in support
of Canadian First Army (accompanied by a Polish armed division)
offensive toward Falaise.
Ninth Air Force. General Vandenberg assumes command of Ninth
Air Force. 406 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc
light bombers bomb rail embankment and bridges at 8 locations
in North and West France, attack radar installations between
Argentan and Alencon, and give tactical support to ground
forces near Saint-Malo. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command,
give defensive air cover, and fly armed reconnaissance East
of Paris and in battle area.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers attack targets in Po and Rhone Valleys, hitting bridges
and railroad tracks in or near Alessandria, Avignon, and Pont-Saint-Esprit,
and along Var River. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit storage
dump and nearby town of Savigliano. Fighter-bombers hit barge
in San Stefano al Mare harbour and pontoon and railroad bridges
nearby, and attack Mantua causeway and nearby bridges, scoring
many hits and destroying several vehicles.
Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to reconnaissance
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers are weathered out of their primary
target, the town of Shwekyina. The medium bombers hit alternates,
destroying Meza bridge and damaging 3 others, and bombing
railroad tracks at several points between Naba and Meza. Weather
severely curtails fighter-bomber missions.
Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 7 P-40 fighters bomb storage
area in Hengshan and destroy several trucks in the area. 29
P-40 fighters hit gun positions and targets in Hengyang vicinity.
14 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters hit bridge,
trucks, and river craft at Siangtan while 8 blast trucks,
barges, and compound between Siangtan and Hengyang. 12 P-40
fighters attack river shipping from Sinti to Hankow. 15 P-40
fighters bomb storage areas and radio stations at Amoy and
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap and
Gagil Tomil Islands, concentrating on airstrips, airfields
at Galela, Lolobata, and Babo, and towns of Urarom and Manokwari.
A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb radio station near Hollandia
and hit troop concentrations in Musu area. Fighter-bombers
bomb bridges and buildings at Boram, troops at But, and guns
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Guam where effective
resistance ends. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Marshalls
hit Ponape while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.
Sunk 8 August 1944, along with M367
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