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9th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Nearly 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack aircraft engine plant at Sindelfingen and several targets, including marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, Luxembourg, and Saint-Vith. 18 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to antiaircraft fire. 15 fighters groups fly 570 sorties in support, claiming 33 aircraft destroyed in air and 30 on ground, plus numerous ground targets in strafing attacks. 15 fighter-bomber groups bomb and strafe rail targets, including 12 marshalling yards, in France. 325th Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) is activated to replace 8th Reconnaissance Wing (Provisional).

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack ammunition dump in Foret de Blois, shipping at Brest, and other targets, including rail bridges at 10 locations in North and West France. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command, cover ground forces, and fly armed reconnaissance in wide areas of North France (around Paris, as far South as Orleans, and as far Northeast as Reims and Chalonssur-Marne).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers efforts are restricted by bad weather. However, during 8-9 August 1944, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit targets along coastal road from Nice to Genoa, and during the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad at Ventimiglia and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attain excellent results on Bergamo, Orio al Serio airfield. Fighter-bombers sink motor vessel in Imperia harbour and attack railroad facilities in North West Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb 2 airfields and an oil refinery at Budapest, rolling stock plant and aircraft assembly plant at Gyor, and marshalling yard and oil refinery at Brod.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces in Taungni Sahmaw area. Several others unsuccessfully attack bridge North of Hopin and bomb town of Tagwin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb compound and vehicle shed on Northeast edge of Hengyang. 36 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack trucks, gun positions, and buildings at several points in Hengyang Siangtan area. 21 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters knock out pontoon bridge and hit junks and sampans at Changsha, and attack river craft at points along the Central Yangtze.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast antiaircraft positions in 3 different areas of Yap Island. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Boela and at Liang. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit shipping facilities at Asap Island and bomb Nabire airfield. Fighters strafe villages South of Manokwari. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb forces on North coast of Waigeo Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit troops at Dagua and near Haur and bomb stores at Cape Moem and machine guns at Cape Wom.

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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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