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9th May 1944

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. In the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, Russian ground forces completely drive out the Wehrmacht Armee, who had been ordered by Adolf Hitler 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 before D-Day.

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 Mergui waterfront.

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 Woleai.

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 8-9 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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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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