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
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
Twelfth Air Force. During 7
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
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
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
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
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.
Sunk 8 July 1944
Launched 8 July 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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