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