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9th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Bad weather prevents heavy bomber operations. One fighters squadron attacks shipping and another squadron flies escort for photo reconnaissance mission (not completed), losing 2 fighters.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers again hit enemy command, bombing bridges with good results. Light bombers hit targets in Acquapendente area. Fighter-bombers and fighters continue to pound motor transport retreating up Italian peninsula, and to bomb roads and railways in path of enemy retreat, as United States Fifth Army reaches Viterbo, where British Eighth Army shortly makes contact with it.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb industrial targets and an airfield around Munich and attack oil storage at Porto Marghera. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly over 250 sorties in support of the Munich raids. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 30 aircraft destroyed. 13 United States aeroplanes are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out strike on Imphal Tiddim road while 20 others continue to supply ammunition to Imphal area. More than 40 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina, Mogaung, and Kadu.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly more than 200 sorties against numerous targets throughout the Tungting Lake area. River shipping of all description is pounded, several troop concentrations are attacked, airfields at Hankow and Wuchang are bombed, and towns of Ichang, Siangyin, Yuankiang, and Kiaotow are hit. 4 heavy bomber and fighter-bomber sorties over South China Sea result in claims of 3 sea going vessels, a tug, and a barge sunk.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Peleliu airfield. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb shipping in Manokwari harbour. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-39 fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) planes, drop about 140 tons of bombs on various targets in Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Alet airfield and targets in Truk.

Thirteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 20 P-39 fighters, and 5 P-38 Lightning fighters pound supplies and gun positions in Ratawul Talili Bay area. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack pier at New Massava Plantation and railroad to Mandres Saw Mill. P-39 fighters hit town of Buka, supply area to the North of the airfield, and Arigua Plantation.

Seventh Air Force. During 8-9 June 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok bomb Truk.

Z32 Destroyer
Sunk 9 June 1944

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the United States Navy's destroyer USS Meredith which was sunk.

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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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