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8th May 1944

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Events On This Day

European Theatre of Operations (ETO). General Eisenhower sets D-Day for Normandy invasion as 5 June 1944. Date subsequently will be changed to 6 June 1944.

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 effective.

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.

T32 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 8 May 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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