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
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
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
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
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