European Theatre of Operations (ETO). General Eisenhower sets
D-Day for Normandy invasion as 5
. Date subsequently will be changed to 6
Eighth Air Force. During the morning 378 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb
Berlin, 287 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 49 B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers strike aircraft factories near Brunswick,
and 29 heavy bombers attack Brandenburg and scattered targets
in the area. 36 bombers are lost on these raids. In afternoon
52 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 1 V-weapon
site at Sottevast, 29 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb
sites at La Glacerie, and 56 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb marshalling yards at Brussels, with 5 heavy bombers being
lost in these afternoon operations.
Ninth Air Force. Approximately 450 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc
light bombers bomb marshalling yards, coastal defences, bridges,
airfields, and V-weapons
sites in France and Belgium.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers
hit roads and railroads North of Rome, supply dump North of
Anzio beachhead, and station at Colleferro. Numerous trucks
and railroad cars are destroyed and many troops killed. Attacks
against rolling stock on Rome Orte rail line are especially
Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's continue attacks on sector Southeast
of Buthidaung. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 9 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb Moirang and a village to the North, causing
considerable damage including the destruction of a road bridge.
12 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kangaung airfield.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers and P-40 fighters operating in Geelvink
Bay area attack Mokmer airfield and nearby shipping. A-20
Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers continue to pound
targets along Northeast New Guinea coast from Wewak to Hansa
Bay and along Sepik River.
Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers pound Tobera airfield and strafe targets in
the area. 2 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb
gun positions at Sohano Island and Hahilia while 30 P-39 fighters
and P-40 fighters hit areas around Porton, Tsimba, Tarara,
Kieta, Numa Numa, Tsirogei, and at several other points. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers blast coast near Banin, hit Sohano
Island, and bomb airfields areas at Bonis and Buka.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi strike Ponape while Makin
based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Jaluit and Wotje,
using Maj uro as a shuttle base between strikes. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers that landed at Los Negros after Guam strike
on 6 May 1944
return to the Marshalls, bombing Ponape en route.
Commissioned 8 May 1944
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