Russian Front. In the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, Russian
ground forces completely drive out the Wehrmacht Armee, who
had been ordered by Adolf
to fight to the last man.
Eighth Air Force. A total of 797 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb airfields at Saint Dizier Robinson, Thionville,
Juvincourt-et-Damary, Laon, Athies, Laon, Couvron, Lille,
Nivelles, Saint-Trond, and Florennes and marshalling yards
at Liege, Thionville, and Luxembourg. This is start of an
offensive against airfields, set within a month of Normandy
invasion so that the Luftwaffe will not have time to recover
Ninth Air Force. The 367th and 406th Fighter Groups become
operational, bringing the fighters group total of the Ninth
Air Force to 18. Over 40 medium bombers attack marshalling
yards, railway batteries, coastal defence batteries, bridges,
and NOBALL sites in France.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26
Marauder medium bombers hit Incisa in Valdarno railroad bridge
and viaduct while A-20 Havoc light bombers attack fuel dumps.
Fighter-bombers again blast roads and railroads and other
targets at various locations North of Rome, including Lake
Bolsena, Civitavecchia, Colleferro, Civita Castel-lana, Orte,
and San Giovanni Valdarno.
Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's continue attacks on Buthidaung area,
hitting troop concentrations and supply dumps. More than 100
A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit positions and occupied
areas at Moirang, Kanglatongbi, Myothit, and Southeast of
Palel, and severely damage bridge over Uyu River near Nawngpu-Awng.
Mogaung Valley targets, including targets in support of ground
forces near Kamaing, are pounded by more than 60 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and P-40 fighters. 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit troops
and gun positions at Mawlu and Namkwin and hit Nalong area.
3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast barracks area at Nagorn
Sawarn while 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Anisakan airfield,
destroying or damaging 20 trucks, 2 aeroplanes, and a locomotive.
8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Moulmein area,
2 others make diversionary strike on Martaban, and 5 mine
Fifth Air Force. More than 50 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers bomb Langgoer and Faan airstrips, and Bosnik supply
area and Mokmer airfield. 220 A-20 Havoc light bombers and
fighter-bombers continue to blast numerous targets along Northeast
New Guinea coastline from Wewak to Hansa Bay area. 12 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb
Thirteenth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers pound airfield at Lakunai. Fighter sweeps
over New Ireland and New Britain continue. On Bougainville
30 P-39 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit barges in
Porton-Chabai area, huts at Kieta, and ammunition dump South
of Aitara Mission. 10 other P-38 Lightning fighters and 12
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Bonis airfield and nearby
targets in Buka Passage.
Seventh Air Force. During 8
May 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers stage through Kwajalein to bomb Truk. Makin
based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Wotje and Jaluit, using
Majuro as a rearming point between attacks.
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