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8th June 1944

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Events On This Day

United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). General Spaatz, Commanding General, places oil in first priority as target for United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF) as result of the destructive effect achieved by several missions against oil centres in May.

Eighth Air Force. Attacks are made on command to isolate Wehrmacht forward elements, and airfields are bombed to prevent Luftwaffe air support. Cloud conditions prevent over 400 heavy bombers from executing assignments but 735 attack targets including airfields at Rennes and Le Mans and bridges, marshalling yards and other railroad facilities, and various targets at or near Tours, Nantes, Cinq Marsla-Pile, Pontaubalt, La Vicomte-sur-Rance, Angers, Orleans, la Friliere, Etampes, and Morigny. 3 bombers are lost. VIII Fighter Command, flying 1,405 fighters sorties on this day, sends fighter-bomber attacks against nearly 75 targets, including railroad facilities, bridges, convoys, airfields, barges, radio towers, troop concentration, a transformer, and a coastal gun. Fighters and fighter-bombers destroy nearly 400 rail, ground transport, and military vehicles and claim 46 aeroplanes destroyed. 22 fighters of VIII Fighter Command are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Around 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack rail and road bridges and junctions, rail sidings, marshalling yards, town areas, fuel storage tanks, ammunition dumps, troop concentration and strong points in the Calais area. Around 1,300 fighters provide support to medium bombers and high cover over assault area, and bomb and strafe bridges, marshalling yards, gun batteries, rail facilities, vehicles, towns, and troop concentrations.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again restricts activity. Many medium bombers missions are abortive, though several bridges, railroad lines, and guns are attacked. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit town of Bolsena and targets in surrounding areas. Fighter-bombers and fighters continue to patrol battle areas destroying motor transport, and attacking train cars, roads, rail lines, and enemy concentrations, as United States Fifth Army approaches Viterbo and British Eighth Army pushes toward Orvieto.

Fifteenth Air Force. 52 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escort, bomb navy yard and dry-docks at Pola.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers mine Bangkok and Mergui areas. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers maintain ammunition supply to Imphal. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Imphal Tiddim road and a few A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit the enemy in Mogaung area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb docks, warehouses, and military installations at Ichang and Shasi and strafe 2 cavalry units at Nanying. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack railroad traffic in Singtai Chengting area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers battle enemy fighters over Manokwari and Efman Schouten Islands areas, bomb small freighter off Manokwari, and hit gun emplacements and occupied areas at Kamiri, at Namber, and near Sorido. P-40 fighters hit supply areas and villages in vicinity of Sarmi. A-20 Havoc light bombers again hit Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Admiralties hit Truk.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply area at Ratawul. 32 P-39 fighters bomb Tsirogei and supply area North of Buka. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. During 7-8 June 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok bomb Truk and Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin follow up during day with strike against Nauru.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the Royal Navy's frigate HMS Lawford which was sunk off Normandy.

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