European Theatre of Operations (ETO). The first V-2
fired in combat explodes in Paris suburb, the second
strikes a London suburb a few hours later.
Eighth Air Force. Approximately 950 heavy bombers escorted
by 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups attack an oil refinery,
marshalling yard, tank and armoured vehicle factory, and ordnance
plant in the Rhineland, plus 11 targets. 22 heavy bombers
are lost. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups strafe targets
in Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Wurzburg and Frankfurt, Main Koblenz
areas, while 5 fighter-bomber groups strafe and bomb rail
transportation East of the Rhine. Over 100 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers fly 'trucking mission, carrying supplies to
Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents bomber missions. Fighters
fly cover for troops in Brest area and for United States 2d,
5th, 8th, and 29th Infantry Divisions, and XX Corps area,
escort troop movements and fly defensive patrols. Several
hundred transports fly supply and evacuation missions.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers fly supply missions to airfield near Lyon.
Bad weather grounds medium bombers. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance in Po Valley area
attack 2 pontoon bridges and several barges, cut a road, and
hit several vehicles and other targets. Fighters strafe Belfort
area, hitting 10 trains with good results, and blast a horse
drawn vehicle convoy near Strasbourg.
Fifteenth Air Force. 354 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters hit railroad bridges
at Brod and Belgrade and marshalling yards at Sarajevo and
Nish. 77 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe airfields at
Ecka, Petrovgrad, Ilandza, and Alibunar. Other P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers escort The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Beaufighters
to Trieste and Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF)
C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft on evacuation missions to
Bucharest and back to Italy.
Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers bomb Katha. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers haul fuel to Kunming. Large-scale Troop Carrier operations
to many China-Burma-India (CBI) terminals continue.
Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack 5 railroad bridges at
Giap Nat, Dui Giang, Hue, Trach, Duc Tho, and Quang Tri, knocking
out Quang Tri bridge. 3 others claim a destroyer sunk South
of Hong Kong. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy bridge
near Kiyang, bomb Hengyang and Lingling, and damage bridge
near Hengyang. 100 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
on armed reconnaissance hit large variety of targets including
troops, river shipping, bridges, airstrips, supplies, trucks,
and railroad targets over vast Southeast China areas at Lingling,
Kiyang, Tunganhsien, Hengyang, Lingkuantien, and Leiyang.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Langoan airfield. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers hit Galela and Tobelo while B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb Lolobata and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
attack Kaoe airfield and antiaircraft positions, Djailolo
airfield and barges at Point Lelo. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb airfields at Langgoer, Faan, Letfoean, and Toeal. P-38
Lightning fighters hit Boela while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit small shipping at Ceram. Fighter-bombers and A-20 Havoc
light bombers hit airstrips and targets at Efman, Samate,
Babo, Urarom, Manokwari, Moemi, and Ranski. P-39 fighters
strafe Wewak coastal area.
Twentieth Air Force. 90 Chengtu based United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Showa
Steel Works at Anshan, 3 others bomb other targets in Anshan,
5 hit Sinsiang railroad yards, and 3 others hit various targets.
General LeMay (Commanding General, XX Bomber Command) accompanies
the mission. During 8-9
September 1944, Japanese bombers attack Headquarters, storage
areas, and parked aeroplanes at Hsinching (near Chengtu) damaging
a B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber, a C-46, and wounding 2
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima and Pagan
and hit shipping at Chichi Jima. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
from the Gilberts hit Ponape and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
from Kwajalein bomb Wotje.
launched against England, hit Parndon Wood, near Epping.
Sunk 8 September 1944
Launched 8 September 1944
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