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8th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 467 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, operating in 4 forces, bomb 13 railroad facilities (bridges, junctions, sidings, lines, viaducts, and embankments), 3 marshalling yards, a highway junction, 5 airfields, and 10 V-weapon installations, all in France. Nearly 450 others are forced to abort, mainly because of very heavy cloud conditions. 9 heavy bombers are lost. 14 fighters groups support day's operations. 596 fighters complete sorties, claiming 20 aircraft, 15 locomotives, and several railroad cars and road vehicles destroyed by strafing and bombing. 1 fighters is lost.

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 280 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb V-weapon Headquarters at Chateau-de-Ribeaucourt, numerous strong points in Caen battle area, rail bridges at Mantes-La-Jolie, Saumur, Nogent-le-Roi, and Caen and (late in evening) fuel dumps in Rennes and bridge at Nantes. Fighters escort the bombers and fly armed reconnaissance throughout wide areas of France, concentrating on front line area. Targets hit include marshalling yards, bridges, ammunition and supply dumps, troop concentrations and tanks.

Twelfth Air Force. During 7-8 July 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb areas in or near Empoli, Agliana, and Lucca, and hit fuel dumps the following day. Medium bombers pound marshalling yards at Novi Ligure, Piacenza, Mantua, and Ferrara and tracks near Parma. Fighter-bombers again blast railroads, roads, and bridges North of battle line, which is advancing North from above Cecina toward Leghorn.

Fifteenth Air Force. 520 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack targets in Vienna area, bombing refineries at Vosendorf and Korneuburg, airfield at Zwolfaxing, Markersdorf, and Munchendorf, and marshalling yard and oil storage at Vienna, Floridsdorf, and airfield at Veszprem. Fighters fly well over 200 sorties in support of heavy bomber missions which are opposed by more than 100 fighters. 14 United States aircraft are lost. Heavy bombers and fighters claim more than 50 fighters shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters hit bridge at Myitkyina and support ground forces in the area. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also pound Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and fighter-bombers fly nearly 100 sorties against targets in Tungting Lake area. River shipping is hit hard throughout the whole lake area. Trucks, bridges, warehouses, supply dumps, troop concentrations, Japanese posts, and targets are attacked at Sinshih, Sinyang, Leiyang, Liling, Chuchou, Puchi, Siangsiang, and Yuhsien. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb military area near Canton, and 37 P-40 fighters attack Japanese held villages and river shipping North West of Canton. In Indochina 10 P-40 fighters hit shipping all along coast while 5 B-26 Marauder medium bombers knock out 2 bridges at Cam Lo. 20 Japanese aeroplanes bomb Suichwan airfield, rendering it temporarily unusable. Enemy aeroplanes also damage Kanchou airfield.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit fuel dumps, barges, villages, and various other targets at Babo, Fak Fak, Sagan, Kokas, at mouth of Maroe River, along Cape Kariensore, and West of Namber. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, fighter-bombers and a few heavy bombers attack Woleai, hitting barges, gun positions, and command targets.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly fighter-bomber operations against troops on Saipan, Pagan, and Tinian. During 7-8 July 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers stage through Eniwetok and bomb Truk. More B-24 Liberator heavy bombers follow with another raid during the day.

M264 Minesweeper
Sunk 8 July 1944

R242 R-boat
Launched 8 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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