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8th August 1944

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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) during 7-8 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 missions.

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 Swatow.

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 at Dagua.

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.

M366 Minesweeper
Sunk 8 August 1944, along with M367, M428 and M438

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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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