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
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
June 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers from Eniwetok bomb Truk.
Sunk 9 June 1944
was used against the United States Navy's destroyer USS Meredith
which was sunk.
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