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9th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. During morning mission 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 2 railroad bridges, a railroad viaduct, a road bridge, and an airfield in France. 1 heavy bomber and 2 supporting fighters are lost. Later, 24 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 35 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 3 CROSSBOW installations and 2 airfields in France bad weather causes over 100 other heavy bombers to abort. 168 fighters escort the heavy bombers. 1 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group afterwards joins The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires in aerial battle against 15 Me 109's. The P-47 Thunderbolt fighters claim 5 fighters destroyed against no losses; Spitfires down 6 Luftwaffe aircraft.

Ninth Air Force. Of more than 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers dispatched, about 60 bomb targets in France; bad weather prevents others from bombing. Targets hit are rail bridge, crossing, overpass and highway bridge at Ablis, Orleans, Vendome, and Montfort-sur-Risle. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command, provide area cover over battle area, and bomb and strafe gun positions, vehicles, rail cars, bridges, and tanks.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather greatly curtails operations. Fighter-bombers attack rail lines between Empoli and Montelupo Fiorentino with good results. Other targets include roads, bridges and gun positions.

Fifteenth Air Force. In the Fifteenth's first Pathfinder led mission, 222 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Xenia and Concordia Vega oil refineries at Ploesti. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort. Other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Ploesti area during the attacks. Heavy bombers and fighters claim destruction of 14 of the 40-50 opposing fighters. 6 United States aircraft are shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-40 fighters support ground forces and hit bridge in Myitkyina area, strafe gun positions at Shwebo and targets along the Irrawaddy in Katha area, and attack targets in areas around Loilaw, Hopin, Mohnyin, Maingna, Anisakan, and Onbauk. 19 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit storage sheds at Waingmaw and railroads and bridges at Mohnyin, Naba, and Hopin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town area, trucks, and supply sampans at Shayang and damage tunnel entrances and highway bridge at Sinyang. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb power plant and building area at Tinh Soc.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers pound shipping, airfields, troops, and other targets at Babo, Manokwari, Efman, Biak and various points along coastline of Geelvink Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers sink a 3,000-ton vessel and several barges around Halmahera Island. Dumps at Marubian, Kairiru, and Niap and bridge at But are bombed by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Namlea airfield and attack Yap and Woleai.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit remnants of Japanese forces on Saipan and Tinian, as organised resistance on Saipan ends. Saipan will become a base from which B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's will bomb Japan. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Jaluit.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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