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06/01/44

Ninth AF

Around 100 B-26's bomb A/Fs and coastal defense batteries from Belgian border to Cherbourg Peninsula.


06/01/44

Twelfth AF

MBs, LBs, and FBs continue spt of ground troops, striking concentrations, bivouac areas, motor transport, railways and roads, bridges, trains and other tgts. Ftrs fly sweeps over battle areas, escort MBs, and carry out sweeps along E Italian coast.


06/01/44

Tenth AF

7 B-25's pound bridges at Songon and Bongyaung and hit Imphal-Tiddim road. 20-plus others fly ammo into Imphal area. 19 P-40's hit tgts in Myitkyina area.


06/01/44

Fourteenth AF

25 FBs hit Chenghsien railroad yards. 18 FBs bomb docks, gunboat, and barracks in Chiuchiang area and strafe about 300 troops at Sanyenchiao.


06/01/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Amboina, Boeroe, and Kai Is. B-25's and A20's attack T/Os in Kaukenau area, at Ransiki, and on Noemfoor and Biak Is. A-20's, B-25's, and P-39's hit villages, bivouac, and other T/Os in coastal area from Wakde Is to Hollandia. Bombing of Wewak-Hansa Bay coast continues.


06/01/44

Thirteenth AF

XIII BC moves from the New Hebrides to Los Negros. 9 B-25's bomb Matupi I and 3 hit SE part of Rabaul. 12 others pound personnel and supply area NE of Tobera. 30-plus P-38's and P-40's hit Talili Bay supply areas. 5 MBs hit barge hideout and buildings on Duke of York I. 30-plus P-39's attack Tonolai, Arigua, Arawa, and barges at Sohano I.


06/01/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Eniwetok hit Ponape."


06/01/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's from Shemya photograph and bomb installations at Buroton Bay including a suspected seaplane base and the harbor area. Of 2 B-25's and 4 P-38's taking off for guardship cover mission, 3 aircraft abort with engine trouble. 2 other B-25's fly a negative antishipping sweep.


06/01/44

Zl

AAF Redistribution Center is redesignated AAF Personnel Distribution Cmd.


06/02/44

Eighth AF

Role of bmrs from 2-5 Jun in preparation for invasion of Normandy on 6 Jun includes continuation of attacks against transportation and A/F tgts in N France and the institution of a series of blows against coastal defenses, mainly located in Pas de Calais coastal area, to deceive the enemy as to the sector to be invaded (Operation COVER). In the first mission on 2 Jun, 776 HBs attack tgts at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Wimereux, Equihen-Plage, Hardelot Plage, Neufchatel, Dannes, Plage-Sainte-Cecile, Stella-Plage, Breck-surMer, and Saint-Aubin. Opposition is confined to AA fire and is generally ineffective. The second mission of 2 Jun is carried out by 300 HBs attacking A/Fs and railroad facilities at or near Massy/Palaiseau, Conches, Beaumont-sur-Oise, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Acheres, Paris, Versailles/Matelots, Bretigny-sur-Orge, and Creil. 8 bmrs are lost to AA fire.


06/02/44

Ninth AF

Special conference for ground liaison offlcers is held by 21 Army Gp officers who present a detailed exposition of the plan for the landings in Normandy. About 350 B-26's and A-20's bomb NOBALL tgts and coastal def batteries along Channel coast. P-38's and P-47's dive-bomb tgts in the area, including V-weapon sites, fuel dump, railroad junctions and bridges.


06/02/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack road and rail bridges from N of battle area just below Rome to areas N of Rome. FBs continue to blast motor transport, railways, trains, cmd posts, roads, and bridges in battle area, having particularly good success against vehicles.


06/02/44

Fifteenth AF

Shuttle-bombing between Italy and USSR (Operation FRANTIC) is started. Under cmd of Gen Eaker, 130 B-17's, escorted by 70 P-51's, bomb M/Y at Debreczen and land in Soviet Union-- the HBs at Poltava and Mirgorod, the ftrs at Piryatin. 1 HB is lost over tgt. 27 other B-17's, forced off course en route to Oradea M/Y, also hit Debreczen. Nearly 400 other HBs attack M/Ys at Szeged, Miskolc, Szolnok, Cluj, Simeria, and Oradea. P-51's and P-38's provide escort.


06/02/44

Tenth AF

B-25's continue to fly ammo into Imphal area. 12 B-24's airborne against Yenangyaung fail to hit primary but unload against alternates in the area.


06/02/44

Fourteenth AF

80-plus P-40's and P-51's pound troops and vehicles at Tungcheng and Chungyang and strafe concentration of about 75 sampans on Tungting Lake.


06/02/44

Fifth AF

B-25's bomb Kaukenau-Timoeka area while B-24's bomb positions N of Mokmer A/F. B-24's and B-25's hit bivouacs NE of Sawar A/F and near Wiske R and bomb roads along W bank of the Orai R. B-24's, P-39's, and RAAF airplanes hit Wewak area. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's bomb Dublon.


06/02/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-24's pound Nordup area. 48 P-38's, P-39's, and P-40's attack Vunakanau area. 30-plus P-39's attack A/F at Buka and upplies in Kara-Kahili area.


06/02/44

Seventh AF

B-25's based at Makin strike Nauru.


06/02/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's, finding Shimushiru overcast, bomb and photograph Matsuwa (secondary) during dawn.


06/03/44

Eighth AF

In Operation COVER, 338 HBs attack coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais area, bombing a total of 22 assigned tgts. In second mission of the day 215 HBs attack 16 of the tgts bombed during the first mission. No bmrs are lost on either mission.


06/03/44

Ninth AF

Over 250 B-26's and A20's bomb A/Fs, highway bridges, and coastal def batteries in N France. Over 400 P-38's and P-47's divebomb tgts in NW Europe.


06/03/44

Twelfth AF

MBs pound bridges in C Italy, further damaging the enemy's comm system. FBs continue close spt of embattled ground forces immediately S of Rome and attack several bridges N of the city to hinder a possible withdrawal of enemy forces. LBs attack ammo and fuel dumps.


06/03/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather drastically curtails operations. 36 B-24's bomb waterfront area of Omis and 38 hit port area and W part of Split. Ftrs sent to strafe T/Os in tgt areas abandon mission because of low clouds over tgts.


06/03/44

Tenth AF

15 B-25's pound Imphal-Tiddim road while a few P-40's hit Mogaung area. B-25 ammo lift to Imphal area continues.


06/03/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's spt ground forces at Watien and Tatangtzu, destroy 2 barges and damage others in Gulf on Tonkin, and strafe 40 barges carrying horses and troops in Tungting Lake area N of Nanhsien. B-25's, P-40's, and P-51's pound Pingkiang area.


06/03/44

Fifth AF

B-25's, A-20's, and B-24's hit Timoeka A/F and nearby villages, shipping off Manokwari, Seroei Village on Japen I, and positions N of Mokmer, and strafe Mokmer, Sorido and Kamiri A/Fs. P-38's and P-47's battle ftrs over Biak I and over Babo area. P-47's and P-40's hit Sawar A/F, supplies and fuel dumps in Sarmi and Orai R areas, and hideouts and occupied areas along coast. B-24's and FBs maintain consistent pounding of numerous tgts in Wewak-Hansa Bay coastal region. B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb Eten and Dublon.


06/03/44

Thirteenth AF

All scheduled strikes on Rabaul area are cancelled due to weather conditions. 20-plus P-39's, turned back from Rabaul area, hit Tsundawan-Porton road, vehicles in Komai area, and AA position at Kara.


06/03/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, strike Truk in predawn raid. B-25's from Engebi bomb Nauru.


06/03/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-25's and 2 P-38's fly guardship cover. 2 other B-25's fly a negative shipping search.


06/04/44

Eighth AF

In the first mission of the day the escort is to be divided between Pas de Calais (COVER) area and the Normandy assault (NEPTUNE ) area. However, D-Day is postponed 24 hrs and the NEPTUNE force is cancelled. 231 HBs attack 7 tgts in Pas de Calais area. In the second mission 283 aircraft bomb 8 coastal def positions in same area. Third mission of the day consists of attacks by 400 HBs on 10 tgts including A/Fs, railway junctions and bridges. No bmrs are lost on any of the missions.


06/04/44

Ninth AF

Over 300 B-26's and A-20's bomb highway bridge and coastal batteries in France. Almost 200 P-47's and P-51's dive-bomb bridges, railroad junction, rolling stock and T/Os in France.


06/04/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit railroad bridges in NC Italy. FBs concentrate on motor transport on roads N of Rome over which enemy is retreating as US Fifth Army columns converge on the city amidst enthusiastic welcome by the populace. A record number of over 600 motor transport are claimed destroyed and almost as many more damaged by Twelfth AF and RAF units of MATAF.


06/04/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 650 B-17's and B-24's attack comm in NW Italy and on both sides of FrancoItalian frontier, hitting M/Y and repair works at Turin, M/Ys at Genoa and Novi Ligure, bridges at Gad and Orelle, and viaducts at Recco and Antheor. Ftrs fly over 200 sorties in spt of the HBs.


06/04/44

Tenth AF

20-plus P-40's hit Myitkyina area while 19 others hit various points in N Burma, including Haka, Kamaing, Kamasaing, Tagwin, and Bilumyo. B-25's continue ammo lift to Imphal.


06/04/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's bomb arty positions and T/Os in Watien area of Salween battle front. Others bomb railroad T/Os in NE Indochina.


06/04/44

Fifth AF

A-20's bomb town and harbor at Manokwari and shipping to the E in Geelvink Bay. B-24's bomb Namber and Borokoe A/Fs while ftrs battle enemy airplanes in general area. B-24's bomb area near Orai R mouth while A-20's hit Wewak and FBs pound Hansa Bay coast.


06/04/44

Thirteenth AF

Bad weather again prevents strikes against Rabaul area. P-39's flying a total of 55 sorties, blast truck park near Komai, strafe huts at Doure, and attack pier at Tunuru. 8 P-38's weathered out of Rabaul strike Tonolai supply area. A lone B-25 bombs Kahili.


06/04/44

Seventh AF

During the night B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, hit Truk. B-25's from Engebi follow with daylight raid on Ponape.


06/04/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly uneventful rcn over Shimushiru. Fuel shortage and equipment failure prevent flying to Matsuwa (secondary). Later, a B-25 and 2 P-38's fly a guardship cover mission.


06/05/44

Eighth AF

629 HBs attack 6 coastal def installations in Cherbourg-Caen area and 8 in Pas de Calais area, along with 3 V-weapon sites and a railroad bridge. 6 bmrs are lost. 7 P-51 FBs attack truck convoy near Lille, destroying 2 trucks.


06/05/44

Ninth AF

Over 100 B-26's bomb coastal def batteries in France. More than 100 P-47's dive-bomb tgts in same area.


06/05/44

Twelfth AF

MBs pound road bridges just N of forces retreating from Rome while FBs continue attacks against motor transport, railway lines and roads in battle areas and N of Rome, destroying many vehicles and train cars, and scoring numerous hits on bridges, tracks, and roads, as most of US Fifth Army assault forces cross the Tiber in pursuit of enemy and British Eighth Army forces E of Rome prepare to adv astride the Tiber against Terni and Rieti."


06/05/44

Fifteenth AF

440-plus HBs attack M/Ys at Ferrara, Forli, Faenza, Castel Maggiore, and Bologna, bomb bridges, bridge approaches, and surrounding areas at Rimini, Fornovo di Taro, and Pioppi, and attack viaduct at Vado Ligure. P-38's and P-51's fly escort. 53 P-38's strafe Ferrara and Poggio Renatico A/Fs and 40 strafe and dive-bomb A/Fs at Bologna and Reggio Emilia.


06/05/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's bomb Bhamo and 4 hit bridge at Ledan Chaung, while others continue ammo haul into Imphal. 50 FBs pound Myitkyina area and 20-plus others hit Loilaw, ragwin, Namti, and Mogaung.


06/05/44

Fourteenth AF

12 P-40's spt ground forces at Watien and Lameng on Salween front. 18 P-24's and 12 P-40's bomb Lashio. 7 B-24's blast barracks and warehouse area at Namhkam. 8 P-40's hit 15 tanks at Taying. 29 P-40's attack numerous oil barges near Yuankiang, leaving 16 of them burning.


06/05/44

Fifth AF

P-39's and RAAF airplanes attack Wewak area. B-24's bomb area N of Sorido A/F. During 5/6 Jun an all-night series of harassing raids by Japanese airplanes destroy several Allied aircraft on Wakde.


06/05/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's bomb truck park at Rabaul. 22 P-39's strike Ratawul. 11 P-38's hit barges and buildings in Vulcan Crater area. 30-plus P-39's hit vehicles in KomaiTobago vicinity, a wooded supply area N of Buka A/F, and Cape Tanabom and Kangu Hill areas.


06/05/44

Twentieth AF

The Twentieth flies its first VHB combat mission. Of 98 B-29's airborne from India, 77 bomb primary tgt--the railroad shops at Bangkok. 5 VHBs are lost to nonbattle causes.


06/05/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin hit Nauru. B-24's from Eniwetok escort photo aircraft over Guam, bomb the island, and proceed to Los Negros for rearming. B-25's from Engebi strike Ponape.


06/06/44

Eighth AF

Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Gp (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 HB gps now operational. HBs fly 4 missions in spt of the invasion of Normandy. 1,361 HBs are dispatched on first mission of the day. 1,015 of the HBs attack the beach installations, 47 bomb transportation chokepoints in town of Caen, and 21 bomb alternate tgts. Overcast and inability of HBs to locate (or absence of) Pathfinder leaders causes failure of some units to attack. The second mission strikes at transportation chokepoints in towns immediately around the assault area. Total cloud cover causes most of the 528 HBs dispatched to return with their bombs but 37 bmrs manage to bomb secondary tgt of Argentan. The third mission is dispatched against the important comm center of Caen. 56 B-24's bomb through overcast skies. Transportation chokepoints in towns immediately S and E of assault area are the objectives of the fourth mission for the Eighth. 553 HBs bomb tgts including Vire, Saint-Lo, Coutances, Falaise, Lisieux, Thury-Harcourt, Pont-l'Eveque, Argentan, and Conde-sur-Noireau. In all, 1,729 HBs of Eighth AF drop 3,596 tons of bombs during D-Day, suffering only 3 losses (to ground fire and a collision). VIII FC has threefold mission of escorting HBs, attacking any movement toward assault area, and protecting Allied shipping. The ftrs fly 1,880 sorties including FB attacks against 17 bridges, 10 M/Ys, and a variety of other tgts including convoy, railroad cars, siding, rail and highway junctions, tunnel, and a dam. Very little air opposition is encountered. The ftrs claim 28 German aircraft destroyed and 14 damaged. Also destroyed are 21 locomotives and two carloads of ammunition. Numerous tgts are damaged including locomotives, trucks, tank cars, armored vehicles, goods carriers, barges, and tugboats. Tgts attacked with unreported results include warehouses, radar towers, barracks, troops, arty, staff cars, 85 trains, and a variety of other tgts. 25 VIII FC aircraft are lost.


06/06/44

Ninth AF

More than 800 A-20's and B-26's bomb coastal def batteries, rail and road junctions and bridges, and M/Ys in spt of the invasion forces landing in Normandy. Over 2,000 ftrs fly sweeps, escort for MBs and TCs, ground spt, and divebombing missions over W France. During the preceding fight and during the day over 1,400 C-47's, C-53's, and gliders deliver glider troops and paratroops, including 3 full airborne divs, which are to secure beach exits to facilitate inland movement of seaborne assault troops. A total of about 30 airplanes MBs, (ftrs and transports) are lost."


06/06/44

Twelfth AF

MBs, LBs, FBs, and ftrs all hit comm lines N of Rome to slow enemy retreat. Bridges, road junctions, rail lines, roads, and motor transport are continually attacked throughout the day, as British Eighth Army forces W of Tiber reach Civita Castellana and US Fifth Army forces push N and W toward Viterbo and Civitavecchia.


06/06/44

Fifteenth AF

Shuttlebombing (FRANTIC) continues as 104 B-17's and 42 P-51's (having flown to USSR from Italy on 2 Jun) attack A/F at Galati and return to Soviet shuttle bases. 8 enemy ftrs are shot down and 2 P-51's are lost. 570-plus other HBs, with ftr escorts, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti area, M/Ys at Brasov and Pitesti, Brasov wagon and armament works, Turnu-Severin canal, and M/Y at Belgrade.


06/06/44

Tenth AF

24 B-25's attack Waingmaw, Wuntho-Hopin area, and Imphal-Tiddim road. Others maintain ammo lift into Imphal. 24 A-36's, 11 P-51's, and 45 P-40's pound Myitkyina. About 40 A-36's and P-40's hit Mogaung, Mohnyin, Lachigahtawng, Pakhren-Sakan, and Kadu areas.


06/06/44

Fourteenth AF

50 P-40's attack shipping, horses, and troops in Fulinpu Kweiyi vicinity, 10 P-51's and 6 B-25's pound Tayang Chiang, and 5 B-25's bomb Pailochi A/F. 9 P-40's hit road and rail T/Os in Yellow R area. 2 others sink a junk and damage others at Kwangchow Wan.


06/06/44

Fifth AF

B-24's and B-25's bomb shipping near Efman and Waigeo Is. A-20's hit A/F at Babo, and A-20's and B-25's hit Namber A/F and tanks near Mokmer. P-39's, A-20's, and RAAF airplanes continue to pound Wewak-Hansa Bay area, hitting supply dumps and hideouts. B-24's hit islands in Truk Atoll.


06/06/44

Thirteenth AF

P-38's bomb supply dump near Nordup. P-39's and Navy aircraft hit vehicles near Hari. Other P-39's pound pier and buildings in SE Kahili.


06/06/44

Seventh AF

B-24's returning to Eniwetok from Los Negros (where they rearmed after bombing Guam the previous day) hit Ponape.


06/07/44

Eighth AF

AEAF directs air attacks against congested points to delay movement of more enemy forces into assault area. In first mission 402 HBs, including 20 Pathfinders, attack tgts at Flers, Conde-sur-Noireau, Falaise, Argentan, L'Aigle, and Lisieux. Second mission is directed at Kerlin/Bastard A/F and at bridges, railroad junctions, depots, and station at Nantes, Angers, Tours, and adjacent areas. 498 HBs attack; heavy cloud prevents almost 100 others from bombing tgts. VIII FC furnishes area spt for beachhead areas in early morning and to HB operations at midday and in late afternoon, at the same time maintaining harassment of comm and flying shipping patrol. The ftrs encounter about 150 aircraft during the day, destroying 31. Enemy ftrs account for 4 ftrs lost. FB attacks are flown against about 50 tgts, including M/Ys, sidings, trains, tunnels, bridges, convoys, A/Fs, and railroads. In almost 1,000 sorties, 25 ftrs are lost.


06/07/44

Ninth AF

600-plus MBs hit bridges, junctions, trestles, coastal and field batteries, and M/Ys in France in spt of invasion. Over 1,100 ftrs spt ground troops by dive bombing and strafing, escort MBs and transports, and make sweeps throughout the battle area as Bayeux is liberated and the BayeuxCaen road is cut. 400-plus C-47's, C-53's, and gliders resupply paratroops in the assault area.


06/07/44

Twelfth AF

Weather hampers MB operation but several rail and road bridges and viaducts are attacked. FBs blast retreating motor transport and troops, and hit bridges N of Rome. Numerous vehicles are destroyed immediately N of Rome and especially in Subiaco area near Rome. Many hits are scored on roads and railroads, and several railroad cars and gun emplacements are destroyed. US Fifth Army captures Civitavecchia.


06/07/44

Fifteenth AF

Fifteenth AF reaches its planned operational strength of 21 HB gps and 7 ftr gps as 332d Ftr Gp (P-47) begins operations. 340 B-17's and B-24's, some with ftr cover, hit Leghorn dock and harbor installations, Voltri shipyards, Savona railroad junction, and Vado Ligure M/Y, Antheor viaduct, and Var R bridge. 42 P-38's bomb Recco viaduct and 32 P-47's fly uneventful sweep over Ferrara-Bologna area.


06/07/44

Tenth AF

11 B-24's bomb Wuntho and Kalemyo. 9 B-25's hit WunthoShwebo railroad and bridge at Thityabin. Other B-25's continue flying ammo to Imphal. A few P-51's hit Lachigahtawng.


06/07/44

Fourteenth AF

10 B-25's bomb Lashio and T/Os along Salween front. 3 B-25's and 15 FBs bomb tank concentrations at Taying, destroy several locomotives at Linfen, and pound railroad yards at Chenghsien. P-40's and B-25's strafe sampans at Ft Bayard and sink a schooner off Nampang I. 2 rocket-firing P-40's damage processing building at carbide mines at Na Duong.


06/07/44

Fifth AF

B-25's bomb Biak I, hitting gun positions near Bosnik, airstrip at Sorido, and Borokoe road. A-20's hit shipping in Manokwari area. B-25's blast supply areas near Orai R. FBs and A-20's continue pounding Wewak-Hansa Bay coast. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's hit various tgts on Truk Atoll (weather permits only 10 of 48-airplane force to reach tgt area).


06/07/44

Thirteenth AF

All scheduled strikes in Rabaul area are weathered out. P-39's and P-38's hit several T/Os on Bougainville, including occupied areas at Monoitu.


06/07/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin bomb Ponape."


06/08/44

USSTAF

Gen Spaatz, CG, places oil in first priority as tgt for USSTAF as result of the destructive effect achieved by several missions against oil centers in May.


06/08/44

Eighth AF

Attacks are made on comm to isolate German forward elements, and A/Fs are bombed to prevent German air spt. Cloud conditions prevent over 400 HBs from executing assignments but 735 attack tgts including A/Fs at Rennes and Le Mans and bridges, M/Ys and other railroad facilities, and various T/Os at or near Tours, Nantes, Cinq Marsla-Pile, Pontaubalt, La Vicomte-surRance, Angers, Orleans, la Friliere, Etampes, and Morigny. 3 bmrs are lost. VIII FC, flying 1,405 ftr sorties on this day, sends FB attacks against nearly 75 tgts, including railroad facilities, bridges, convoys, A/Fs, barges, radio towers, troop concentration, a transformer, and a coastal gun. Ftrs and FBs destroy nearly 400 rail, ground transport, and military vehicles and claim 46 airplanes destroyed. 22 ftrs of VIII FC are lost.


06/08/44

Ninth AF

Around 400 MBs attack rail and road bridges and junctions, rail sidings, M/Ys, town areas, fuel storage tanks, ammunition dumps, troop concentration and strong points in the Calais area. Around 1,300 ftrs provide spt to MBs and high cover over assault area, and bomb and strafe bridges, M/Ys, gun batteries, rail facilities, vehicles, towns, and troop concentrations.


06/08/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again restricts activity. Many MB missions are abortive, though several bridges, railroad lines, and guns are attacked. A-20's hit town of Bolsena and tgts in surrounding areas. FBs and ftrs continue to patrol battle areas destroying motor transport, and attacking train cars, roads, rail lines, and enemy concentrations, as US Fifth Army approaches Viterbo and British Eighth Army pushes toward Orvieto.


06/08/44

Fifteenth AF

52 B-17's, with P-47 escort, bomb navy yard and drydocks at Pola.


06/08/44

Tenth AF

B-24's mine Bangkok and Mergui areas. B-25's maintain ammo supply to Imphal. 9 B-25's pound Imphal-Tiddim road and a few A-36's and P-51's hit the enemy in Mogaung area.


06/08/44

Fourteenth AF

19 P-40's bomb docks, warehouses, and military installations at Ichang and Shasi and strafe 2 cav units at Nanying. 4 P-51's attack railroad traffic in SingtaiChengting area.


06/08/44

Fifth AF

B-25's, P-38's, B-24's, and A-20's battle enemy ftrs over Manokwari and Efman-Schouten Is areas, bomb small freighter off Manokwari, and hit gun emplacements and occupied areas at Kamiri, at Namber, and near Sorido. P-40's hit supply areas and villages in vicinity of Sarmi. A-20's again hit Wewak area. B-24's from the Admiralties hit Truk.


06/08/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's bomb supply area at Ratawul. 32 P-39's bomb Tsirogei and supply area N of Buka. 6 P-38's hit Monoitu Mission.


06/08/44

Seventh AF

During 7/8 Jun, B-24's from Eniwetok bomb Truk and Ponape. B-25's from Makin follow up during day with strike against Nauru.


06/09/44

Eighth AF

Bad weather prevents HB operations. One ftr sq attacks shipping and another sq flies escort for photo rcn mission (not completed), losing 2 ftrs.


06/09/44

Twelfth AF

MBs again hit enemy comm, bombing bridges with good results. LBs hit T/Os in Acquapendente area. FBs and ftrs continue to pound motor transport retreating up Italian peninsula, and to bomb roads and railways in path of enemy retreat, as US Fifth Army reaches Viterbo, where British Eighth Army shortly makes contact with it.


06/09/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 500 B-24's and B-17's bomb industrial tgts and an A/F around Munich and attack oil storage at Porto Marghera. P-47's, P-38's, and P-51's fly over 250 sorties in spt of the Munich raids. HBs and ftrs claim over 30 aircraft destroyed. 13 US airplanes are lost.


06/09/44

Tenth AF

5 B-25's carry out strike on Imphal-Tiddim road while 20-plus others continue to supply ammo to Imphal area. More than 40 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's hit Myitkyina, Mogaung, and Kadu.


06/09/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's, P-51's, and B-25's fly more than 200 sorties against numerous tgts throughout the Tungting Lake area. River shipping of all description is pounded, several troop concentrations are attacked, A/Fs at Hankow and Wuchang are bombed, and towns of Ichang, Siangyin, Yuankiang, and Kiaotow are hit. 4 HB and FB sorties over S China Sea result in claims of 3 sea going vessels, a tug, and a barge sunk.


06/09/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Peleliu A/F. A-20's bomb shipping in Manokwari harbor. B-24's, A-20's, B-25's, and P-39's, along with RAAF planes, drop about 140 tons of bombs on various tgts in Wewak area. B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb Alet A/F and T/Os in Truk.


06/09/44

Thirteenth AF

32 B-25's, 20 P-39's, and 5 P-38's pound supplies and gun positions in Ratawul-Talili Bay area. other B-25's attack pier at New Massava Plantation and railroad to Mandres Saw Mill. P-39's hit town of Buka, supply area to the N of the A/F, and Arigua Plantation.


06/09/44

Seventh AF

During 8/9 Jun B-24's from Eniwetok bomb Truk.


06/10/44

Eighth AF

Bad weather restricts operations to NW France. 873 HBs are airborne but over 200 abort due to cloud conditions. 589 including 31 Pathfinders, attack 8 A/Fs in France and 9 coastal installations in Pas de Calais area. One B-24 is downed by AA at Evreux. VIII FC, flying over 1,600 sorties, supports HB missions and launches attacks against about 80 tgts, including railroad facilities, convoys, tank column, trucks, radar station, tunnels, gun emplacement, supply dump, and a power plant. About 225 vehicles, including train engines and cars, are destroyed, along with 16 enemy aircraft. 25 ftrs are lost.


06/10/44

Ninth AF

IX TAC establishes its first station on the Continent, at au Guay. 500-plus B-26's and A-20's bomb tgts in assault area in France. Tgts include military concentrations, road and rail bridges and junctions, arty batteries, M/Ys, and town areas. Aircraft of more than 15 ftr gps fly escort to bmrs and transports, and bomb numerous tgts in spt of ground assault, including rail facilities, roads, troop concentrations, arty, and town areas.


06/10/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack bridges, railroads, and roads N, NE, and NW of Rome. LBs hit motor transport in town of Arcidosso. FBs and ftrs bomb and strafe motor transport and roads N of battle area, destroying numerous vehicles, especially along the roads between Rome and Vetralla. In ground action Indian 4th Div takes Pescara and Chieti, while 2d NZ Div reaches Avezzano E of Rome. XII BC is disbanded in Corsica.


06/10/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 550 B-17's and B-24's attack oil stores at Porto Marghera, oil refinery at Trieste, M/Ys at Mestre, Trieste, and Ancona, and A/F at Ferrara. P-51's and P-38's fly escort, strafe T/Os between Bucharest and Danube R and S of Craiova, and dive-bomb an oil refinery at Ploesti.


06/10/44

Tenth AF

23 B-24's bomb tgts at Chauk, Lonywa, and Yenangyaung while 29 others supply ammo to Imphal area. 50 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's blast tgts at Myitkyina, Mogaung and Tapo.


06/10/44

Fourteenth AF

23 P-40's and P-51's hit railroad traffic and tracks at Linfen and Loning and tank concentration at Lingpao. 6 P-40's hit bridge at Tasa. B-25's, P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's carry out 150-plus sorties against numerous tgts throughout Tungting Lake area. Numerous rivercraft are destroyed or damaged, Kukang and other villages NE of Changsha are bombed, Hankow-Wuchang A/F revetments and buildings are pounded, Changshowkai area is blasted, and several river landings and storage installations in the lake area are attacked. 3 B-24's on S China Sea sweep claim 1 small cargo ship sunk.


06/10/44

Fifth AF

A-20's hit A/F at Babo, destroying grounded aircraft, fuel dump, several buildings, and a gun position. A-20's, B-25's, and RAAF airplanes hit Wewak area with more than 100 tons of bombs.


06/10/44

Thirteenth AF

8 P-38's skip-bomb supply tunnels at Keravia Bay while 4 others strafe nearby AA positions. AA guns S of Rapopo are attacked by 12 B-25's, 20 P-39's, and 20-plus Navy dive bmrs. Other B-25's bomb Ratawul. 31 P-39's and 20-plus Navy aircraft hit Chinatown at Buka and a supply area NE of the airstrip, a barge at Sohano I, trucks near Tsirogei, and a ford near Monoitu."


06/10/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk and Ponape during 9/10 Jun. B-25's from Makin hit Nauru during the day.


06/11/44

Eighth AF

Weather prevents operations against priority tgts in Germany 90 the HBs attack bridges on the Loire, bridges and A/Fs on Brest Peninsula and near Paris, and coastal defenses in Pas de Calais area. Of 1,043 HBs airborne, over 400 abort or fail to bomb due to clouds and absence or malfunction of Pathfinders. 640 HBs bomb tgts, including 10 A/Fs and landing grounds, several bridges, and various T/Os. 3 HBs are lost. VIII FC supports HBs over NW France and Ninth AF MBs attack Paris area. FBs attack over 60 tgts, including railroad yards, sidings, junctions, bridges, trains, A/Fs, convoys, an oil tanker, a power station, and warehouses. Ftrs destroy 5 aircraft. VIII FC loses 8 ftrs.


06/11/44

Ninth AF

129 B-26's and A-20's bomb rail and road bridges and intersections, rail lines, oil tanks, arty, and town areas, in morning operations. Bad weather prevents afternoon operations. 10 ftr gps fly escort and strafe and bomb bridges, railroads, gun emplacements, rail and road traffic, and M/Ys in spt of Allied ground troops in France.


06/11/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels all LB and MB operations. FBs and ftrs, operating on a reduced scale, hit vehicles, roads, and bridges N of battleline which US Fifth Army's VI Corps has extended 65 mi N of Rome.


06/11/44

Fifteenth AF

126 B-17's and 60 P-51's depart Russian shuttle bases for Italy to complete the first FRANTIC operation. On the way 121 B-17's bomb A/F at Focsani; 1 B-17 is lost. 540-plus other B-17's and B-24's attack oil installations at Constanta and Giurgiu (both raids having ftr escorts) oil refinery and M/Y at Smederovo. The HBs and ftrs claim total of 50 airplanes destroyed during the day's missions.


06/11/44

Tenth AF

30 B-25's continue flying ammo to Imphal area. 55 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's attack tgts at Myitkyina, Mogaung, Indawgyi Lake, and Padaung.


06/11/44

Fourteenth AF

In China's Tungting Lake area 80-plus P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's pound towns of Lanchi and Anking, hit cav compound at Kintsing, attack Japanese HQ, positions, and river traffic N of Changsha, destroy or damage several boats, barges, and sampans at Changsha, and strafe numerous T/Os throughout the entire region. In Yellow R area, 27 B-25's and P-40's pound barracks, fortifications, tank concentration, several armored vehicles, and cav forces at Iching and Lingpao. 3 B-25's on sea sweep in S China Sea claim 1 600ft freighter sunk.


06/11/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Sorido A/F and surrounding areas as US carrier forces attack Saipan, Tinian and Guam. B-25's, A-20's, and P-47's continue to saturate Wewak-Hansa Bay coastline with bombs. Other B-24's bomb Dublon and Peleliu A/F.


06/11/44

Thirteenth AF

130-plus B-25's, P-38's P-39's, and Navy dive bmrs pound AA positions S and SW of Rapopo. P-39's fly 44 sorties against occupied areas at Komai, Kakaura, and Quaga, AA guns at Kangu Hill, and plantations at Arigua and Tsirogei.


06/11/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Eniwetok hit Truk during 11/12 Jun. B-25's follow with raid against Ponape during the morning.


06/12/44

Eighth AF

With bad weather over top priority tgts in Germany, HB efforts are directed against A/Fs and landing grounds in NE France and rail and road bridges on the Brest Peninsula. 1,278 HBs, including 25 Pathfinders, drop 3,295 tons of bombs on 22 of the primary tgts and on secondary and T/Os. 8 HBs are lost, mostly to ground fire. VIII FC furnishes spt for HB missions and Ninth AF MBs, and attacks enemy communications and troop movements. Ftrs damage M/Ys at Juvisysur-Orge and Melun and several freight trains, and destroy 108 locomotives, train cars, trucks, tanks, and other vehicles. One gp of P-47's is attacked by 50 German ftrs in a fierce battle, 8 P-47's and 5 Me-109's being shot down. During the day VIII FC flies 1,002 sorties and claims 26 aircraft destroyed. Losses total 17.


06/12/44

Ninth AF

509 B-26's and A-20's bomb M/Ys, road and rail junctions, bridges, arty, town areas, troop concentrations, and various T/Os in France. Aircraft of more than 15 ftr gps fly close and area spt for bmrs and bomb and strafe rail lines, gun batteries, bridges, fortifications, radar installation, tanks, ammo dumps, town areas and strongpoints in battle area of France.


06/12/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit bridges, viaducts, and rail lines at Collazone, Perugia, Foligno, Massa Lombarda, Pietrasanta, Cattolica, Pesaro, Arezzo, and Bucine. LBs hit Arcidosso and motor transport in the area. FBs are restricted by bad weather but attack several bridges and roads in line of enemy retreat which at its farthest point is N and W of Viterbo.


06/12/44

Tenth AF

More than 30 B-25's continue to supply troops at Imphal with ammo. 16 P-40's hit Mogaung and T/Os in N Burma.


06/12/44

Fourteenth AF

50 P-40's, P-51's, and B-25's hit troop concentrations in Yellow R area at Lingpao and S of Loyang. In Tungting Lake area about 100 P-40's and P-51's attack numerous supply boats and other river and lake trafflc, and hit dock areas and warehouses at Lanchi, Yuankiang, and at scattered points. Also hit are villages and troops in Changsha and Kuanchuang areas.


06/12/44

Fifth AF

Fierce ground fighting continues on Biak I while Japanese airplanes attack Allied ground forces and shipping offshore; P-47's battle attacking aircraft, shooting down several. P-47's and A-20's hit troop concentrations, comm, and various other tgts in Wewak and Hansa Bay areas. B-24's bomb Peleliu A/F and Dublon I.


06/12/44

Thirteenth AF

6 B-24's bomb runways at Tobera and Rapopo. 22 P-39's and 10 P-38's join 20-plus Navy airplanes in attacks on supply dumps near Ralum. 20 B-25's pound Malapau village. 44 P-39's hit Baku A/F, Tsirogei plantation, barges and pier S of Kleine I, and occupied area W of Komai.


06/12/44

Seventh AF

Eniwetok-based B-24's hit Truk during 11/12 Jun and again during the day.


06/13/44

Eighth AF

Bad weather cancels large-scale bombing of high priority tgts in Germany. Overcast bombing against tac tgts in NW France is undertaken. On first mission of the day cloud cover is less than anticipated and visual runs are made by 128 B-17's against A/Fs at Dreux, SaintAndre-de-L'Eure, and Evreux. On second mission 208 HBs, including 15 Pathfinders, attack A/Fs at Beauvais/Nivillers and Beaumont-surOise, and bridges and scattered tgts between Brittany and the assault area. Bridges bombed are at Porcaro, Montfort-sur-Meu, Ploermel, La Vicomte-sur-Rance, Saint-Vincent-surOust, and Vannes. AA fire downs 2 B-24's. VIII FC furnishes spt for the HB missions and conducts FB and strafing attacks against bridges, trains, trucks, and other vehicles. The ftrs, flying a total of 782 sorties, claim 6 airplanes, bomb 5 bridges, and deStlOy 3 locomotives, 23 trucks, and 4 other vehicles. Losses of VIII FC total 4.


06/13/44

Ninth AF

397 B-26's and A-20's bomb rail and road junctions, M/Ys, and fuel dumps in assault areas in France. Aircraft of 9 ftr gps escort bmrs and attack bridges, M/Ys, troop areas, rail and road traffic, gun emplacements, ammo dumps, and other tgts.


06/13/44

UK

The first V-1 lands in S England. More land during 13/14 Jun, and throughout the rest of the month.


06/13/44

Twelfth AF

MBs bomb shipping at Leghorn with excellent results and score numerous hits on bridges, viaducts, rail lines, and roads in NC Italy. FBs continue to disrupt retreat over entire area N of battle zone as British Eighth Army's 13 Corps pushes toward Orvieto and 10 Corps reaches Terni.


06/13/44

Fifteenth AF

560-plus B-17's and B-24's, most with ftr escorts, attack A/F at Oberpfaffenhofen, aircraft component plants at MunichAllach, M/Ys at Innsbruck, Munich, and Porto Marghera, and several T/Os in Germany, Austria, and Italy. HBs and ftrs claim over 30 aircraft shot down. 10 US airplanes are lost and several others are missing.


06/13/44

Tenth AF

A few P-51's hit Mogaung while 39 B-25's fly ammo to Imphal area.


06/13/44

Fourteenth AF

18 B-25's and 56 FBs pound M/Y at Wuchang. About 70 other B-25's and FBs attack a variety of other tgts in the Tungting Lake region, including many river vessels, A/F at Pailochi, troop positions NE of Changsha, warehouse and factory area at Shasi, and numerous general T/Os. 12 FBs hit Japanese HQ and barracks at Loyang. 4 B-24's over S China Sea claim 1 cargo vessel sunk. 4 P-40's pound Japanese positions at Watien and Kaitou.


06/13/44

Fifth AF

More than 100 A-20's and a few B-25's and P-39's attack miscellaneous tgts in Wewak area. P-39's hit area around Hollandia and P-47's bomb bridge over Orai R and fuel dumps near Sarmi. A-20's blast enemy positions N of Borokoe. B-24's bomb airstrip at Liang. B-24's from Admiralty Is bomb Woleai, Dublon, and Satawan.


06/13/44

Thirteenth AF

9 P-38's and 23 P-39's hit Ralum and AA positions to the S. 24 B-25's bomb Tobera AA guns and A/F; 15 others, in 2 waves, bomb Praed Pt. 6 B-24's also bomb Tobera. 31 P-39's and 12 Navy aircraft attack supply dumps at Buka and Tapsadawato, bomb approach to Abia R bridge, and hit garden area at Tabago.


06/13/44

Seventh AF

Attack during 12/13 Jun by B-24's from Eniwetok against Truk and Ponape is followed by daylight attack by Makin-based B-25's against Nauru and Ponape.


06/13/44

Eleventh AF

During 12/13 June 6 B-24's dispatched to fly an offensive sweep and provide air cover for a naval TF abort missions due to weather.


06/14/44

Eighth AF

Bad weather again covers all strategic tgts in Germany except one in the extreme NW. Major effort is against tac objectives, mainly in France. 1,314 HBs attack tgts, including oil refinery at Emmerich, an A/F and a bridge in Germany, 16 A/Fs in France and 1 in Belgium, 14 bridges, CROSSBOW supply sites, and scattered T/Os in France. HB losses total 14. VIII FC ftrs escort the HBs and engage in heavy aerial combat as ftrs intercept the HB forces. VIII FC loses 4 aircraft while destroying 4 of the enemy. P-47's bomb and strafe 3 A/Fs, 2 M/Ys, an ammo dump, and several other T/Os.


06/14/44

Ninth AF

Over 500 B-26's and A-20's attack rail comm SW of Paris and highway comm centers S of beachhead area. Junctions, bridges, M/Ys, gun emplacements, and various defensive strongpoints are included. Over 15 ftr gps fly escort and attack numerous ground tgts, including rail lines running from SW of Paris to Rennes area, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula and S of beachhead area to the Loire R.


06/14/44

Twelfth AF

MBs bomb several bridges and viaducts in NC Italy, with especially good results on viaduct and railway bridge N of Arezzo. Ships in Leghorn harbor also are hit. LBs pound ammo supplies. FBs continue to attack roads and bridges in and just N of battle area (only small number of vehicles are seen) as US Fifth Army forces take Magliano and Orvieto falls to elements of British Eighth Army.


06/14/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 550 B-17's and B-24's attack oil refineries and other tgts in Hungary and Yugoslavia, including Budapest, Petfurdo, Komarom, Osijek, and Sisak. P-38's, P-47's, and P-51's escort HBs and P-38's strafe and dive-bomb A/F at Kecskemet.


06/14/44

Tenth AF

21 B-25's continue ammo supply to Imphal vicinity. A few P-40's hit Mogaung area.


06/14/44

Fourteenth AF

43 P-40's attack river shipping, troops, and villages in Tungting Lake area, at or near Lanchi, Changsha, Chulianchiao, and Linyang.


06/14/44

Fifth AF

A-20's, B-25's, and P-39's hit Wewak area. B-24's bomb Kamiri A/F. A-20's hit A/F at Babo, Orai R bridge, and fuel dumps, and other tgts near the river's mouth. Halong seaplane base is hit by B-24's.


06/14/44

Thirteenth AF

80-plus B-25's, P-38's, P-39's, and Navy aircraft hit supply areas and underground storages along N shore of Gazelle Peninsula from Vulcan Crater to Wunapope. Ralum, Keravia Bay, and Wunapope stores are the hardest hit. P-39's fly 27 sorties along E shoreline of Bougainville from Bonis to Kieta, hitting Monoitu, Bonis, and pier at Kieta Mission.


06/14/44

Eleventh AF

4 B-24's fly extensive photo rcn over the C and N Kurils. They are attacked by some 20 ftrs of which 3 are damaged.


06/15/44

Eighth AF

1,225 HBs operating in 8 forces bomb Misburg oil refinery in Germany and numerous tac tgts in France, including 9 A/Fs, an aircraft plant, a CROSSBOW supply site, 11 bridges, a M/Y, and various scattered tgts. Losses total 4 HBs. VIII FC escorts the HBs, flies shipping patrol, and carries out FB attack on bridges at Etaples. Ftr attacks destroy a locomotive and 5 trucks, along with 5 aircraft. A total of 762 ftr sorties are flown. No losses are suffered.


06/15/44

Ninth AF

Over 550 B-26's and A-20's direct main attacks against fuel and ammo dumps, rail and highway comm, and armd div HQ S of bridgehead on Douve R. Over 1,400 ftrs fly armed rcn in Valognes-Cherbourg area, W part of Cherbourg Peninsula, and along comm lines S to Loire. Ftrs also attack shipping between the Channel Is and Cherbourg Peninsula.


06/15/44

Twelfth AF

MBs blast rail and road bridges in La Spezia sector and in area S of Florence. LBs again hit ammo supplies. FBs and ftrs hit bridges and roads N of battlelines (again only scattered motor transport tgts are available for strafing). US Fifth Army patrols move into Grosseto and British Eighth Army pushes beyond Todi toward Perugia.


06/15/44

Fifteenth AF

Weather cancels bombing operations. P-51's and P-38's strafe La Jasse, Orange/Plan de Dieu, Orange/Caritat, Avignon/Chateau-Blanc, and Avignon/Pujaut A/Fs.


06/15/44

Tenth AF

30 B-25's fly ammo to Imphal area. 27 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's pound Mogaung and Myitkyina.


06/15/44

Fourteenth AF

24 P-40's hit Japanese cav forces at Chuchou and several supply boats on Siang-Chiang R. 10 P-40's destroy or damage several tanks, trucks, and train cars between Loyang and Shanhsien. 24 B-24's bomb warehouse area at Canton, causing heavy damage.


06/15/44

FEAF

FEAF is formed with jurisdiction over Fifth and Thirteenth AFs. Gen Kenney becomes CG FEAF, with HQ in Brisbane. FEAF HBs, MBs, LBs, and ftrs attack barges in Manokwari area, village in Wakde area. Also bombed are A/Fs on Timor and Truk. Thirteenth AF airplanes still in Solomon-Bismarck area hit Tobera A/F and forces on Bougainville. Amphibious forces of US Marines land on Saipan.


06/15/44

SOPAC

COMAIRSOLS is dissolved, to be replaced by a new cmd, Air Comd, Northern Solomons (COM AIRNORSOLS).


06/15/44

Thirteenth AF

HQ Thirteenth AF moves from Guadalcanal to Los Negros, from which the HBs have been operating since Apr as Thirteenth Air TF. Gen Streett becomes CG Thirteenth AF, which becomes part of FEAF. The MBs and ftrs, together with other COMAIRSOLS airplanes, continue to maintain the neutralization of Rabaul and the pounding of the Bougainville-Buka area through Jul and into Aug.


06/15/44

Twentieth AF

B-29's bomb Japan. With the exception of Eleventh AF's raids on the Kurils, this is first air attack against Japan since Doolittle's raid. 47 B-29's, operating out of Chengtu, bomb primary tgt of Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata. The Twentieth's first combat loss during a bombing mission results when ftrs destroy a B-29 down with engine trouble at Neihsiang A/F in China.


06/15/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly armed photo rcn over Shimushiru I.


06/16/44

Eighth AF

313 HBs, including 22 Pathfinders, attack 4 A/Fs and 4 CROSSBOW supply sites in France, losing a B-17 to ground fire. P-38's of VIII FC cease flying shipping patrol as of this date. 18 escort HB missions and attack a concentration of stalled trains between Angouleme and Poitiers, dropping external fuel tanks on them and firing the tanks by strafing. The same tactics are used on trains in M/Y at Saint-Pierre-d'Excideuil. Heavy damage is inflicted on both tgts, including heavy troop casualties. At Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise a large number of railroad cars are burned by oil and phosphorous bombs and strafing attacks. Other M/Ys, a power station, railroad station, trains, barges, tanks, trucks, gun emplacements, AA tower, and an armored vehicle are attacked. A total of about 400 railroad cars are attacked and about half of them set on fire. In general the ftr attacks are highly effective.


06/16/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather prevents bmr operations. More than 500 ftrs strafe and bomb rail lines, bridges, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula.


06/16/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's and B-25's hit rail and road bridges, viaduct, and other comm tgts at Casalecchio di Reno/Villa Vergano, Lissone, Viareggio, Pisa, Vernio, Grizzana, and Pietrasanta. A-20's continue to hit ammo supplies. FBs continue interdiction by hitting bridges, trucks, rail lines, and other tgts closer to the front, which now reaches across Italy from W coast near Grosseto to E coast in vicinity of Macerata.


06/16/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 600 HBs attack oil tgts at Vienna and Bratislava. Between 200 and 250 ftrs attack the formations and 15 US aircraft are shot down. HBs and escorting ftrs claim 70 airplanes destroyed.


06/16/44

Tenth AF

28 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's hit Myitkyina and T/Os in N Burma.


06/16/44

FEAF

Bmrs and ftrs hit widespread tgts in SWPA and in SOPAC. Personnel areas and barges along coast in Wewak and Hansa Bay areas are hit throughout the day. A/Fs and shipping at Efman and Samate Is and at Babo and Sorong are attacked. Dublon and Yap are bombed. HBs hit Vunakanau A/F at Rabaul. HBs, MBs, LBs and ftrs attack a large variety of T/Os on Gazelle Peninsula from Tobera A/F to Rabaul.


06/16/44

SOPAC

Gen Mitchell, USMC, becomes head of COMAIRNORSOLS.


06/16/44

Seventh AF

B-25's, based at Makin, hit Ponape.


06/17/44

Eighth AF

During first mission, 231 HBs, including 16 Pathfinders, attack 8 A/Fs in N France. Clouds and malfunction of blind-bombing equipment cause nearly 100 aborts. 2 HBs are lost. Favorable break in weather over N France permits a second mission. 273 B-24's bomb 3 A/Fs and 2 landing strips, along with some T/Os, in same general area hit by the earlier mission. 1 B-24 is lost to AA fire. VIII FC ftrs escort both HB missions and during first mission P-38's bomb 2 bridges N of Paris, damaging 1 of them severely. After escorting second mission, a P-51 gp bombs 2 M/Ys with good results. Other ftrs bomb a bridge and a M/Y as T/Os. 15 locomotives, train cars, trucks, and other vehicles are destroyed, along with 5 airplanes. VIII FC loses 8 ftrs while flying 1,027 sorties during the day.


06/17/44

Ninth AF

Operational control of air-ground coordination of FB missions moves from HQ Ninth AF and 21 Army Gp Combined Control Center (in UK) to Adv HQ IX TAC (in Normandy) operating in close proximity to US First Army. 265 MBs attack fuel dumps, a bridge and a railway line S of battle area in France. Over 1,300 ftrs fly escort and top cover, and strafe and bomb troop concentrations, military vehicles, bridges, gun emplacements, tanks, and other tac tgts.


06/17/44

Twelfth AF

Except for a B-26 attack on 1 bridge and an A-20 raid on an ammo dump, weather prevents completion of LB and MB missions. FBs are also restricted but manage to hit several gun positions, comm tgts, boats, small ships, barges, and T/Os in battle area and at various other locations including Capo d'Enfola and other points on Elba (where French forces land and begin clearing island), and Rio Marina.


06/17/44

Fifteenth AF

Operatons are limited to rcn missions.


06/17/44

Tenth AF

8 A-36's attack forces at Mogaung. 25 B-25's fly ammo to Imphal area.


06/17/44

Fourteenth AF

B-25's and FBs attack large troop concentrations at Shanglishih and Fenglinpu, bomb town of Lanchi and nearby villages, attack 4 villages in Chuchou area, hit troop barges at Changsha, damage several supply boats at Yiyang, and bomb military installations at Ichang.


06/17/44

FEAF

MBs, LBs, and ftrs hit shipping in Sorong harbor and airstrips in Babo area. In Wewak area, A-20's, B-25's, and ftrs continue to pound barges and villages. HBs again bomb Truk, hitting tgts on Eten and Dublon. HBs hit Lakunai A/F while A-20's, B-25's, and ftrs attack numerous tgts between Rapopo and Tobera."


06/17/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, flying from Kwajalein, bomb Ponape. B-25's from Makin hit Nauru.


06/17/44

Eleventh AF

12 B-25's fly 3 air cover missions for Naval TF on withdrawal, following the shelling of Kurabu Cape installations.


06/18/44

Eighth AF

1,239 HBs operating in 4 forces attack oil industries at Oslebshausen, Hamburg, and Misburg, dock area and city of Hamburg, A/Fs at Stade and Hassum, and various tgts at Brunsbuttelkoog, Bremerhaven, Nordenham, and Helgoland, and V-weapon site at Watten. A total of 566 ftrs fly uneventful escort to the HB missions, all returning safely to base. 11 HBs are lost, 10 to AA fire and the other to unknown causes.


06/18/44

Ninth AF

About 130 A-20's and B-26's bomb fuel dumps at Foret d'Andaine and Conches and M/Ys at Rennes and Meudon during the morning, and NOBALL tgts in the afternoon. Ftrs, in addition to escort duty, continue strafing and bombing rail lines, troop concentrations, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula."


06/18/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather grounds MBs and LBs. FBs and ftrs are restricted to patrols, mainly over Piombino area and island of Elba, during which several gun positions, boats, and barges are hit.


06/18/44

Tenth AF

16 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's hit Myitkyina and Mogaung.


06/18/44

Fourteenth AF

B-25's and P-40's bomb Yoyang and hit shipping and posts in Siang-Chiang R delta area. P-40's and P-51's attack about 100 supply boats in lower Tungting Lake area, strafe cav forces between Siangyin and Changsha, and hit village just E of Changsha.


06/18/44

FEAF

A-20's, B-25's, and ftrs, along with RAAF airplanes, continue to pound supplies and occupied areas along coast in Wewak area. B-24's hit tgts in Truk. A variety of ftr and bmr aircraft unload 18 tons of bombs on numerous tgts around Rabaul. Ftrs continue sweeps against T/Os along coastal areas of Bougainville."


06/18/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin pound Nauru. B-24's stage through Eniwetok to bomb Truk.


06/19/44

Eighth AF

During the morning 259 B-17's bomb A/Fs at Cazaux, Bordeaux/Merignac and Landes de Bussac, and landing strip at CormeEcluse. Bad weather causes nearly 200 aborts among the HBs and prevents nearly 200 ftrs from effecting rendezvous and providing escort for the bmrs. 217 P-38's and P-51's manage to complete escort missions. On another morning mission, 201 HBs bomb 17 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. None of the HBs or the 95 escorting P-38's are lost. In the afternoon, 270 HBs bomb 18 V-weapon sites, including most of those bombed in the morning mission. A P-38 gp, after completing escort duty, divebombs and strafes transportation tgts in NE France, destroying a locomotive and 3 barges. Losses during the day amount to 7 HBs and 16 ftrs.


06/19/44

Ninth AF

A/F at Cardonville, the first US field in France, becomes operational. Around 200 ftrs carry out uneventful armed rcn and patrols in the morning, and dive-bomb 6 NOBALL tgts in the afternoon.


06/19/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again grounds LBs and MBs. FBs of 87th Ftr Wg spt French forces which complete occupation of island of Elba during afternoon. FBs of the 87th and other units of XII TAC hit railroads, gun emplacements, factory, and shipping in and N of battle area at scattered points in countryside and in and near towns of Pontedera, Leghorn, Sestri Levante, and Viareggio.


06/19/44

Tenth AF

30 B-25's complete ammo run to Imphal. 33 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's strike Myitkyina, Mogaung, and Pinbaw.


06/19/44

Fourteenth AF

About 150 FBs and 8 B-25's again pound a variety of tgts throughout Tungting Lake area. Tgts include much shipping from Siangyin to Chuchou, and at various points along Siang-Chiang R, villages and compounds between Yiyang and Changsha, and boats and river area at Anking. 18 P-40's damage 2 bridges and destroy about 20 fuel trucks at Yuncheng. On Salween front 15 P-40's hit trucks and military installations. 4 B-25's bomb Kengluang bridge.


06/19/44

FEAF

Over 100 A-20's and FBs maintain strikes along coast around Wewak, hitting supply and bivouac areas, roads, personnel, and a coastal gun position. A-20's hit A/Fs at Manokwari, Noemfoor I, and Moemi. B-25's hit forces in Cape Orford region. HBs bomb Dublon and Eten.


06/19/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, strike Truk. B-24's from Kwajalein and B-25's out of Makin pound Ponape.


06/19/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly armed photo rcn over Paramushiru and bomb Suribachi area with unobserved results.


06/20/44

Eighth AF

In the morning 1,257 B-17's and B-24's attack 14 strategic tgts in N Germany, including oil refineries, synthetic oil plants, a tank ordnance depot, and a military vehicle manufacturing plant. The HBs are escorted by 760 ftrs of which nearly half strafe 6 A/Fs and several other ground tgts, with claims of 13 aircraft and 10 locomotives destroyed. Also during the morning 130 B-24's bomb 10 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area; 42 P-47's provide spt, destroying 3 aircraft. During the afternoon 216 HBs attack 10 V-weapon sites in same area and T/Os which are mainly A/Fs in France and Belgium. 108 P-47's and P-51's provide uneventful escort. Total losses for the day are 50 HBs and 7 ftrs. HBs and ftrs claim 76 aircraft destroyed.


06/20/44

Ninth AF

About 370 B-26's and A-20's bomb 9 V-weapon sites in France and a coastal def battery at Houlgate. Over 1,000 ftrs operating over frontline areas, Cherbourg Peninsula, and S to Dreux, bomb and strafe rail lines, M/Ys, bridges, troop concentrations and other tgts.


06/20/44

Twelfth AF

Weather continues to hamper operations but 60-plus MBs manage to attack rail tgts between Genoa and La Spezia. FBs destroy several road bridges in battle area and to the N, and damage several other road and rail bridges as Allies' rapid adv slows down due to enemy's ability to strengthen his position and form a delaying line across Italy to S of Gothic Line (Pisa-Rimini) where he is prepared to make a stand. FBs also damage a 20,000-ton aircraft carrier in Genoa harbor.


06/20/44

EAC

AC Mellersh assumes cmd of Strategic Air Force, EAC.


06/20/44

Tenth AF

5 B-24's fly fuel to Kamaing while 13 B-25's supply ammo to Imphal. 2 B-25's hit bridge at Banchaung. 8 A-36's and 3 P-40's attack tgts at Myitkyina.


06/20/44

Fourteenth AF

In Yangtze R Tungting Lake area about 120 B-25's and FBs again attack a wide variety of tgts, pound river shipping at numerous points, hit villages and supply lines in Pinkiang area, and bomb towns of Changsha, Pingsiang and Ikiawan. In Salween R area 24 B-25's pound Lungling and 16 P-40's hit troops and positions at Tengchung and Chenanso. In Yellow R area 8 P-40's pound railroad yards and strafe about 75 trucks, destroying more than 20 of them. 3 B-24's over S China Sea attack shipping, claiming a 5,000-ton commercial ship sunk.


06/20/44

FEAF

A-20's, P-39's, and RAAF aircraft, pound areas along coast in general area of Wewak. B-24's bomb Kamiri A/F and attack Woleai and Dublon. B-25's, P-38's, and other Allied airplanes (including some of RNZAF) blast AA positions S and SW of Rapopo.


06/20/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin strike Ponape. Kwajalein based B-24's bomb Truk.


06/21/44

Eighth AF

The Eighth begins shuttle bombing missions (FRANTIC) between UK and bases in USSR. P-47's (2 gps) escort the HBs from just off German coast to Stendal where a P-51 gp continues escort to, and spt over, the tgt (synthetic oil plant at Ruhland). 123 B-17's bomb primary tgt, 21 bomb Elsterwerda, and a lone B-17 bombs Riesa due to a bomb rack malfunction. After the attack, the supporting P-51 gp is relieved 50 mi SE of Poznan by 65 other P-51's which are to accompany the HBs to USSR. 50 mi SE of Brest Litovsk 20 to 30 ftrs attack the force. In the resulting battle 1 US and 6 German ftrs are destroyed. A single B-17 is lost (to unknown causes) on the flight. 144 HBs land in USSR, 73 at Poltava, and the rest at Mirgorod. The 64 remaining P-51's land at Piryatin. The shuttle run is made in conjunction with a large-scale effort against tgts in Berlin area. 935 HBs attack city areas, motor industries, and T/Os in and near Berlin, Genshagen, Basdorf, Rangsdorf, Trebbin, Belzig, Potsdam, Stendal, and surrounding areas. 19 HBs are lost. Ftrs fly 902 sorties in spt of this mission, claiming 18 ftrs destroyed, with a loss of 6. In late afternoon 31 B-24's bomb CROSSBOW supply sites at Oisemont/Neuville and Saint-MartinL'Hortier and 39 bomb rocket site at Siracourt. AA fire shoots down 1 B-24. 3 ftr gps fly 101 sorties, meeting no enemy aircraft, but 1 gp strafes railroad and canal tgts. During 21/22 Jun the 73 B-17's which earlier landed at Poltava are attacked for 2 hrs by an estimated 75 German bmrs led by airplanes dropping flares. 47 HBs are destroyed and most of the remainder severely damaged. Heavy damage is also suffered by stores of fuel and ammo.


06/21/44

Ninth AF

Over 250 B-26's and A-20's bomb 13 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. Over 700 ftrs escort Eighth AF HBs over Germany, bomb bridges S and W of Paris, and strafe rail and road traffic and comm centers N and W of Paris.


06/21/44

Twelfth AF

MBs have excellent results against rail bridges in N and NC Italy, also hitting viaducts, road bridges, and other comm tgts, and bombing ships at Leghorn harbor. LBs again hit ammo supply while FBs concentrate on rail and road bridges over large area including locations in vicinity of Gothic Line and at points to the N.


06/21/44

Tenth AF

34 B-25's maintain ammo run to Imphal. 61 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's pound Myitkyina and Mogaung."


06/21/44

Fourteenth AF

11 FBs hit river shipping, barracks, and cav forces at Siangtan and Hengshan.


06/21/44

FEAF

P-39's and RAAF airplanes hit dumps and bivouacs at Suain and attack other tgts in Wewak area. A-20's attack various T/Os in Paniai Lakes area while B-25's hit villages on coast of Netherlands New Guinea E of Maffin Bay. B-24's bomb Kamiri A/F and other tgts on Noemfoor and attack shipping in Palau Is and at Dublon.


06/21/44

Seventh AF

B-24's based on Kwajalein, bomb Truk.


06/22/44

Eighth AF

In morning mission 216 HBs attack 12 CROSSBOW installations in Pas de Calais area. Some of the 212 spt ftrs strafe coastal defenses. During the afternoon 718 HBs attack 22 tgts in France and Belgium, including M/Ys transformer stations, A/Fs, bridges, fuel storage facilities, railroad facilities, CROSSBOW supply site, and numerous T/Os. Ftrs escort the mission and 3 P-47 gps strafe and bomb transportation tgts, destroying an ammo train, 6 other freight cars, and a truck. 8 HBs are lost, mostly to ground fire. Because of attack on B-17's at Poltava on shuttle mission, the B-17's at Mirgorod and P-51's at Piryatin are moved farther E into USSR. They are to be returned to Mirgorod and Piryatin to be dispatched to bases in Italy as soon as weather permits. The move is fortunate as German bmrs strike both Piryatin and Mirgorod during 22/23 Jun.


06/22/44

Ninth AF

Around 600 B-26's and A-20's and over 1,200 ftrs fly missions during the day. The main effort consists of an attack on tip of Cherbourg Peninsula in spt of US VII Corps assault on port of Cherbourg. Beginning 1 hr before ground attack and continuing until attack begins ftrs and FBs pound whole area S of city from low level. As ground assault begins, B-26's and A-20's strike series of strongpoints selected by US First Army, forming a 55-min aerial barrage moving N in adv of ground forces. Later in the day MBs attack M/Ys, fuel dumps and a German HQ. FBs fly armed rcn over various railroads and bomb rail facilities, trains, road traffic, and gun emplacements in France. 25 FBs are lost during the day's operations.


06/22/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack railway bridges and viaducts in NC Italy, at Marzabotto, Boccheto, and Gricigliana, A-20's again hit ammo supplies. FBs pound road and rail bridges, mainly in Pisa area, and cut rail lines between Bologna and Pistoia."


06/22/44

Fifteenth AF

Following 5 consecutive days of bad weather more than 600 HBs bomb tgts in N Italy, hitting motor transport works at Turin and Chivasso, M/Ys at Parma, Modena, Fornovo di Taro, Bologna, Castel Maggiore, and Ferrara, oil storage at Fornovo di Taro, harbor at Pola, A/F at Poggio Renatico, and highway and railroad bridges at Nervesa della Battaglia and Rimini. Ftrs fly more than 250 sorties in spt of the missions.


06/22/44

Tenth AF

6 B-24's fly fuel to Kamaing while 40 B-25's supply Imphal with ammo. 40 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's hit Mogaung and Myitkyina while 10 others hit tgts at Hopin, Namma, and Sahmaw.


06/22/44

Fourteenth AF

18 P-40's destroy 20-plus trucks between Hsuchang and Lohochai. 4 P-40's damage a troop steamer in Tungting Lake. 13 B-24's bomb Bakli harbor, damaging dock facilities and claiming 1 freighter sunk.


06/22/44

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and P-47's hit shipping at Efman I and A/Fs and T/Os on Noemfoor, attack Manokwari, and hit villages in the Sarmi area. Attacks by A-20's and ftrs, along with RAAF airplanes, on wide coastal area around Wewak continue. B-24's bomb Yap, Sorol, and Woleai. B-25's join the Allied aircraft in pounding Nordup and Ralum.


06/22/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein, hit Truk; 1 bombs Ponape. First ftrs of Seventh AF arrive in Marianas; 22 aircraft of 19th Ftr Sq, taking off from aircraft carrier, land on Saipan.


06/23/44

Eighth AF

At midday 211 HBs attack 12 CROSSBOW installations, damaging at least 6 of them. Ftr spt is furnished by 4 P-51 gps (161 aircraft) all of which afterward strafe transportation tgts in Paris area, destroying 3 locomotives, 100 pieces of rolling stock, and 14 motor vehicles. An exploding ammo train causes a low-flying P-51 to crash, the only airplane lost on the mission. During the late afternoon 196 HBs attack A/Fs at Juvincourt-et-Damary. Laon/Athies, and Coulommiers, and a railroad bridge at Nanteuil-surMarne. Over 100 HBs abort because of heavy clouds over tgts. 226 P-47's and P-51's provide spt. Afterwards part of a P-47 gp bombs and strafes a M/Y while the remainder of the gp bombs and strafes a train carrying trucks and armored cars, destroying the locomotive, 3 trucks, and an armored car, and damaging 20 freight cars. Total losses are 7 HBs, mostly to AA fire.


06/23/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather prevents MB and LB missions during morning. In the afternoon over 175 B-26's and A-20's bomb 7 V-weapon sites in France. Around 630 ftrs provide escort and also bomb and strafe rail and road traffic and comm centers. 200 C-47's and C-53's fly supplies to the Continent.


06/23/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels MB operations. A-20's continue to attack ammo supplies. FB operations are restricted but P-47's hit rail comm at 4 different points in battle area as fierce struggle for Chiusi takes place.


06/23/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 400 B-17's and B-24's attack oil storage at Giurgiu, 2 oil refineries at Ploesti, and M/Y at Nish. More than 100 US aircraft are shot down. HBs and escorting ftrs claim more than 30 aircraft destroyed.


06/23/44

Tenth AF

12 B-24's fly gasoline to Kamaing while 29 B-25's make ammo run to Imphal. About 80 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's attack Mogaung, Myitkyina, Taungni, and bridge at Namkwi."


06/23/44

Fourteenth AF

20 B-24's bomb docks at Hankow. In Tungting Lake area 70-plus B-25's and FBs attack wide variety of river shipping at several locations, bomb runway at Hengyang, strafe cav troops in the area, and hit towns and villages of Chuchou, Ikiawan, Chuting, Chwanchishih, and Siangtan. 30 B-25's and FBs hit various T/Os along Yellow R.


06/23/44

FEAF

Wewak area is again pounded throughout the day by A-20's, P-39's, P-47's, and RAAF airplanes. A few A-20's and A-26's on barge search bomb offshore islands near Manokwari. This marks SWPA debut of the A-26. P-47's on sweeps strafe areas E of Maffln. B-24's hit A/F at Yap and Woleai. HBs on armed rcn bomb Dublon, Koror, and Peleliu. B-24's bomb Tobera A/F. B-25's along with other Allied airplanes, hit AA positions S and SW of Rapopo.


06/23/44

Seventh AF

Eniwetok-based B-24's strike Truk. B-25's from Engebi pound Ponape. During the evening, B-24's from Kwajalein also attack Ponape.


06/23/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-25's fly a negative shipping sweep.


06/24/44

Eighth AF

During the morning 317 B-17's bomb dock area, aircraft factory, steelworks, and coke oven plant at Bremen, and shipyard, railroad station and warehouses at Warnemunde. 6 ftr gps provide escort: 1 gp strafes A/F and rail transport in the Munster and Hamm areas. A second force of 334 B-24's attack tgts in France, including railway bridges at Saumur and Tours/La Riche, A/Fs and landing strip at Toussus-Le-Noble, Orleans/Bricy, Chateaudun, and Foret-de-Bourse, and T/Os at Conches, Dreux, and Pont-Audemer. 288 ftrs fly escort, part of which afterwards strafe road and rail transport, destroying 4 locomotives and a rail tank car, along with 4 enemy ftrs in aerial combat. 4 HBs and 1 ftr are lost, all to AA fire. 145 HBs airborne to attack 12 CROSSBOW sites in Pas de Calais area are prevented by overcast from bombing the sites, but 12 fly S and release bombs near the industrial area of Rouen losing 1 B-17 to AA fire. During the afternoon 163 HBs attack 5 electrical stations, 7 V-weapon sites, Saint-Pol-sur-Mer M/Ys, and a missile platform. 118 sorties are flown by supporting ftrs which, after HBs withdraw, attack ground tgts destroying 1 airplane a locomotive, and a truck."


06/24/44

Ninth AF

430-plus B-26's and A-20's attack tgts in France, including 4 gun positions, 3 V-weapon sites, 3 fuel dumps, 2 M/Ys, and a railroad bridge. Over 200 transports fly supplies to the Continent. 11 ftr gps provide escort, attack fuel dumps, rail tgts and bridges W of Paris and S of the Loire, and fly armed rcn S of Cherbourg Peninsula and SW of Paris.


06/24/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels MB operations. FB activity is restricted but P-47's attack several bridges, railway lines, guns, and other tgts in Lucca area and other points along and N of battleline.


06/24/44

Fifteenth AF

335 B-17's and B-24's bomb railroad repair depot at Craiova, railroad bridge at Piatra, and oil refinery at Ploesti. 33 P-51's sweep Ploesti-Bucharest area while other P-51's, P-38's, and P-47's fly 220-plus sorties in spt of HBs. HBs and ftrs claim over 20 aircraft shot down. 10 US airplanes are downed and several others are missing.


06/24/44

Tenth AF

11 B-24's fly gasoline to Kamaing while 35 B-25's supply Imphal with ammo. 60-plus A-36's, P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's attack Myitkyina, Mogaung, Mawlaik-Kin area, Pinbaw, and Hopin.


06/24/44

Fourteenth AF

60-plus P-40's and P-38's bomb towns of Siangsiang and Yuankiang, attack cav forces in Hengyang area, and damage a pontoon bridge between Tungcheng and Pingkiang. 4 B-25's and a few P-40's knock out bridge N of Chenghsien.


06/24/44

FEAF

Fifth AF and RAAF airplanes continue to blast stores, personnel areas, roads, and bridges in general area of Wewak. B-25's, A-26's, and A-20's hit enemy positions in caves E of Mokmer A/F, attack shipping in Babo area (on MacCluer Gulf), and bomb Kamiri and Kornasoren A/Fs. HBs, MBs, and ftrs, along with other Allied airplanes, hit Tobera A/F, AA guns at Wunapope, and buildings at Nordup.


06/24/44

Seventh AF

P-47's, based on Saipan, strafe remnants of enemy forces on the island and also hit forces left on Tinian.


06/24/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's at dawn bomb area N of A/F at Kurabu Cape. Later 2 B-25's fly a negative shipping search."


06/25/44

Eighth AF

During the morning 236 B-17's bomb Toulouse/Francazal and Toulouse/Blagnac A/F's and oil dumps at Montbartier. 10 B-17's bomb scattered T/Os. 107 B-24's bomb Avord and Bourges A/Fs. 176 B-17's drop supplies to French interior forces. A total of 8 HBs are lost. VIII FC flies 639 sorties in supporting operations. In addition 5 ftr gps carry out strafing activities, claiming numerous ground tgts including 6 airplanes on a landing ground and the A/F at Bourges. 19 enemy ftrs are claimed destroyed in aerial combat. During midday 153 B-24's bomb 17 power and transformer stations in effort to disrupt flow of electric power to V-weapon stations. 64 B-24's, hampered by cloud over primary aiming points, bomb miscellaneous last resort tgts, including A/Fs at Peronne and Nuncq. Ftr spt is provided by 3 gps. All airplanes return safely. In night mission 300 B-17's and B-24's bomb 7 railway bridges and 2 A/Fs in Paris area. 69 HBs attack alternate tgts, including A/Fs of Orly, Romilly-sur-Seine, and Etampes/Mondesir. Ftrs fly 346 sorties in escort and tgt area spt. A P-38 gp strafes ground tgts in Angers, Le Mans-Laval area, and a P-47 gp bombs and strafes an alternate landing ground near Evreux/Fauville A/F. HB losses total 7. Ftrs claim 6 airplanes destroyed against no losses. In USSR, Eighth AF HBs and ftrs are flown, at daybreak, from dispersal bases to Poltava and Mirgorod and loaded and fueled with intentions of bombing oil refinery at Drohobycz and proceeding to base in Italy. Bad weather cancels the mission until the following day. The aircraft return to dispersal bases for the night as precaution against air attacks."


06/25/44

Ninth AF

400-plus B-26's and A-20's hit fuel dumps at Foret d'Andaine, Foret d'Ecouves, and Senonches, and rail bridges at Cherisy, Chartres, Oiseme and Epernon. 14 ftr gps send airplanes on escort, and on armed rcn and dive bombing missions over Chartres, Dreux, Argentan, Tours, and Orleans areas. Transports fly supply and evacuation missions to France.


06/25/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather again prevents operations by MBs. LBs hit enemy ammo supply. FBs bomb towns of San Quirico di Moriano and Castelfiorentino and several rail lines and bridges in battle area near Gothic Line. Piombino falls to US Fifth Army during the day, and the enemy withdraws from Chiusi during 25/ 26 Jun after several days of resisting British Eighth Army forces attacking the town.


06/25/44

Fifteenth AF

650-plus B-17's and B-24's attack M/Y and oil installations at Sete and Balaruc-le-Vieux, telephone exchange at Le Pontet, railroad bridges at Tarascon and Arles, M/Ys and bridges at Avignon, and harbor facilities along S coast of France. Ftrs fly almost 200 sorties in spt. 1 ftr gp strafes tgts along Fiume-Senje road and at other points on Istrian peninsula."


06/25/44

Tenth AF

More than 50 B-25's make ammo run to Imphal. 60-plus A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's pound Myitkyina and Mogaung. 2 B-25's bomb Mohnyin-Mawhun railroad.


06/25/44

Fourteenth AF

31 B-25's, P-40's, and P-51's hit towns of Siangtan and Ichang, attack sampans at Wukou, destroy about 50 trucks and strafe concentrations of troops and horses in Tangyang-Pingkiang and SiangtanYungfengshih areas, and pound river dock and sampans at Siangsiang. 7 CACW B-25's bomb Shayang storage area. 23 B-25's and P-40's bomb storage area and damage bridge at Chenghsien.


06/25/44

FEAF

Wewak area continues under attack of Fifth AF and RAAF aircraft. Personnel areas at But, Dagua, and Suain and barges at Mushu and Kairiru Is are hit. P-40's and B-24's strike Kamiri A/F while A-20's, P-47's, and B-25's hit villages along Tor R and P-47's hit tanks along Wiske R. B-24's pound Yap and Sorol. MBs and ftrs, along with other Allied airplanes, hit AA positions near Wunapope and blast plantations along Wide Bay.


06/25/44

Seventh AF

P-47's based on Saipan carry out rcn and strafing missions over Saipan and Tinian. B-24's based on Kwajalein hit Truk and Wotje.


06/25/44

Eleventh AF

Two B-24's bomb the A/F at Kurabu Cape.


06/26/44

Eighth AF

72 B-17's leave Poltava and Mirgorod, rendezvous with 55 P-51's from Piryatin, bomb oil refinery and M/Y at Drohobycz (1 returns to USSR because of mechanical trouble), and then proceed to Foggia. Fifteenth AF P-51's meet formation an hr after the attack and escort the B-17's to Italy. It is planned to return the HBs to bases in UK on 27 Jun but bad weather delays this move until 5 Jul.


06/26/44

Ninth AF

Weather cancels all Ninth AF operations save a few ftr sorties which result in claims against a few military vehicles and 3 airplanes as US ground forces capture Cherbourg. 3 US ftrs are lost.


06/26/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather grounds MBs. FBs, operating on reduced schedule, hit railroad tgts and other tgts in battle area S of Gothic Line.


06/26/44

Fifteenth AF

677 B-17's and B-24's attack tgts in Vienna area, hitting aircraft factory at Schwechat, M/Y at Vienna/Floridsdorf, and refineries at Korneuburg, Vienna/Floridsdorf, Moosbierbaum, Schwechat, Winterhafen, and Lobau. Ftrs fly over 260 sorties in spt. An estimated 150 to 175 enemy ftrs attack formations. Nearly 30 US aircraft (mostly HBs) are lost. US claims total more than 60 enemy ftrs.


06/26/44

Tenth AF

30-plus B-25's fly ammo to Imphal. More than 80 A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's pound Myitkyina. 7 Other FBs hit Waingmaw, Loilaw, and Pyindaw.


06/26/44

Fourteenth AF

14 B-24's blast Hankow, causing heavy damage and fires. 180-plus MBs and FBs attack river shipping and several villages in Tungting Lake area. Towns of Yuankiang, Sinshih, Siangtan, Liling, and Hengshan are bombed, as is warehouse area at Yuhsien. Numerous troop and truck concentrations and other T/Os throughout the entire region are attacked. In Salween area 14 B-25's and 36 P-40's knock out bridge at Tingka, damage another near Mangshih, bomb military installations at Tengchung, strafe Japanese positions at Lungling, and hit T/Os between Lungling and Tengchung. Japanese bomb Lingling A/F, damaging runway and destroying a P-51."


06/26/44

FEAF

Wewak area is hit throughout the day by Fifth AF B-24's and P-39's, along with US Navy and RAAF airplanes: P-38's, P-47's, A-20's, A-26's, B-24's, and B-25's attack A/Fs, shipping, villages, town areas, roads, and numerous other tgts at Efman, Noemfoor, Japen, and Biak Is, at Manokwari and Ransiki, and near Sarmi. B-24's bomb tgts on Yap and Sorol Is; others on armed rcn bomb airstrips at Woleai and Peleliu. AAF and other Allied aircraft hit A/Fs, AA positions, and other tgts in Rabaul and Cape Orford areas.


06/26/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based P-47's continue to hit enemy forces remaining on Saipan and on Tinian while P-61's carry out night patrols over Saipan. B-25's from Makin pound Ponape and Nauru."


06/26/44

Eleventh AF

12 B-25's fly 3 4- plane air cover missions for Naval TF on withdrawal following shelling of Kurabu Cape installations.


06/27/44

Eighth AF

40 B-24's bomb CROSSBOW supply site at Saint Leu-d'Esserent while 51 others bomb M/Ys and A/F at nearby Creil. 5 B-24's are downed by AA fire. 101 B-17's bomb CROSSBOW supply sites at Saint-Martin-l'Hortier, Biennais, Beauvoir-Riviere, and Domleger, and a canal lock at Espierres, losing 1 plane to AA fire. 183 P-51's spt the HBs, losing 2 ftrs to enemy aircraft and destroying 6 ftrs. After completing escort, the P-51's bomb and strafe T/Os, including M/Ys, bridges, railroads, transportation and A/F installations, and dispersal areas.


06/27/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather precludes bmr operations. Over 700 ftrs take part in various operations. Most of them fly high cover over assault areas and bomb and strafe rail and road traffic and comm centers in France.


06/27/44

Twelfth AF

Continued bad weather cancels MB operations. LBs again hit ammo supplies. FBs hit roads, bridges, rail lines, and other tgts in and near battleline.


06/27/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 300 B-17's and B-24's bomb M/Ys at Budapest and Brod. 75 to 90 enemy ftrs attack the formations. 3 HBs are lost. Hbs and escorting ftrs claim over 30 planes shot down. 90 P-51's sweep Budapest area, claiming 7 ftrs destroyed.


06/27/44

Tenth AF

8 B-24's fly gasoline to Kamaing while 52 B-25's continue ammo run to Imphal.


06/27/44

Fourteenth AF

In Tungting Lake area 160 MBs and FBs hit troop concentrations, supplies, and river and road traffic between Changsha and Hengyang, bomb arty concentrations at Sinsiang, attack waterfront and docks at Hengshan, pound villages near Chuchou, and attack numerous T/Os throughout the lake region. 4 B-25's over Formosa Strait claim 2 cargo vessels sunk and others damaged.


06/27/44

FEAF

Fifth AF and RAAF LBs and FBs continue to attack Wewak area, hitting troop concentrations, villages, ammo dumps, and warehouses. B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, A-26's, P40's and P-47's hit A/Fs, gun positions, and various other tgts in or near Babo, Manokwari, Biak I, Noemfoor I, Ransiki, Waren, and Moemi. B-24's bomb Yap and Sorol; others on photo rcn flight bomb Woleai and Ifalik Is. Thirteenth AF ftrs and bmrs join other Allied airplanes from the N Solomons in bombing AA positions at Ralum and other tgts in Rabaul area.


06/27/44

Seventh AF

P-47's continue strafing and rocket attacks on Tinian, Saipan, and Rota while P-61's carry out defensive night patrols. B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, pound Truk. During the night a single B-24 bombs Ponape.


06/28/44

Eighth AF

672 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs at Laon/Couvron, Laon/ Athies, and Juvincourt-et-Damary; rail bridges at Fismes and Anizy-leChateau; fuel storage dump at Dugny; M/Ys at Saarbrucken; and T/Os, including A/Fs at Denain/Prouvy, Le Bourget, and Florennes, and railroad chokepoint near Tergnier. Nearly 300 HBs abort because of heavy cloud and dense contrails at operational level. 566 ftrs spt the HBs, destroying 2 ftrs in aerial combat and suffering no losses. HB losses total 2. About one-third of the escorting ftrs afterward bomb and strafe transport tgts, claiming 3 locomotives and an armored vehicle destroyed.


06/28/44

Ninth AF

220-plus ftrs, based on Continent, attack railroad facilities, bridges, fuel and ammo dumps, arty, troop concentrations, vehicles, and other tgts. Bad weather cancels bmr and ftr operations from UK.


06/28/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather cancels all LB and MB operations. FBs carry out rail-cutting missions N of battleline in NC Italy.


06/28/44

Fifteenth AF

229 B-24's bomb M/Y and 2 oil refineries at Bucharest; 138 others hit Karlovo A/F. 40 ftrs carry out sweep over Bucharest area while other ftrs fly more than 230 sorties in escort of HBs. 20-plus enemy ftrs are claimed shot down, mostly by the ftrs during sweep over Bucharest.


06/28/44

Tenth AF

8 B-24's fly fuel to Kamaing. Ammo delivery to Imphal is continued by 47 B-25's. 14 other B-25's pound Naba-Mawlin railroad.


06/28/44

Fourteenth AF

In Yangtze RTungting Lake area B-25's and FBs fly more than 160 sorties attacking river shipping at several locations, bombing towns of Hengshan, Liling, and Pingkiang, and bombing Japanese HQ and gun sites in Siangsiang area. Also in Hengyang area the MBs and FBs hit rear supply bases and cav and inf concentrations.


06/28/44

FEAF

Attacks on Wewak area continue. Japanese HQ and comm in Suain-Karowop Plantation area and coastal road from Babiang to Nyaparake are hit. A/F and fuel dumps on Noemfoor I, Japanese positions and occupied areas and buildings on Biak and Efman Is, village near Babo, and Tor R and Maffin Bay areas are attacked. B-24's bomb A/F and town on Yap and comm on Sorol and Woleai. AA guns E of Tobera area are attacked.


06/28/44

Seventh AF

P-47's and P-61's carry out daylight raids and defensive night patrols over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.


06/29/44

Eighth AF

82 B-17's bomb synthetic oil plant at Bohlen, 61 strike aircraft components factory at Wittenberg, 31 bomb aero engine works at Leipzig/Taucha, 39 hit ftr assembly plant at Leipzig/Heiterblick, and 42 bomb T/Os at Wittenberg, Quakenbruck, and Limbach-Oberfrohna. 390 B-24's bomb aircraft assembly plant at Bernburg, ftr assembly factory at Oschersleben, aero engine works at Magdeburg-Neustadt, aircraft components factory at Aschersleben, airpark at Stendal, and T/Os including A/Fs at Burg and Gardelegen and M/Y at Oebisfelde-Kaltendorf. 51 B-24's bomb motor transport plant at Fallersleben and personnel camp S of Mittelland Canal. Clouds cause assembly problems and over 400 HBs abort without reaching enemy territory. Total HBs losses for the day number 15.14 gps from VIII FC and 1 from Ninth AF escort the HBs. Flights from 9 of these gps afterwards strafe parked aircraft, trains, barges, a factory, road vehicles, and soldiers. 3 ftrs are lost. 33 enemy airplanes are claimed destroyed.


06/29/44

Ninth AF

Almost 200 B-26's and A-20's bomb gun batteries on Cap de la Hague, bridges and rail lines in Rennes-Saint-Hilaire-du-HarcourtVitre areas, and rail bridge at Oissel. Ftrs fly armed rcn and attack enemy airplanes, road and rail traffic, gun positions, bridges and other tgts in wide areas throughout NW France.


06/29/44

Twelfth AF

FBs, MBs, and LBs attack ammo dumps, viaducts, bridges, railroad cars, landing grounds, roads, motor transport, and other tgts along battleline in NC Italy and at various points to the N.


06/29/44

Tenth AF

16 B-24's continue fuel lift to Kamaing. 45 B-25's haul ammo to Imphal. 23 other B-25's bomb Tamu. 19 A-36's, P-51's, and P-38's hit Myitkyina and Myitnge bridge. A B-25 bombs tgts in Mohnyin-Naba area.


06/29/44

Fourteenth AF

In Tungting Lake area 60-plus MBs and FBs hit shipping, gun positions, troop concentrations, and general T/Os at several locations, including Lingyang, Liling, Hengyang, Yuhsien, Hengshan, Siangsiang, Chaling, and Yiyang. 3 B-24's bomb Takao docks. P-40's damage bridge and attack rail traffic at Phu Lang Thuong.


06/29/44

FEAF

Japanese concentrations at Aitape and a variety of T/Os including barges, villages and bivouacs in Wewak area are hit by A-20's, B-25's, and FBs. B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs attack A/Fs and AA guns at Babo, Manokwari, Waren, and Moemi, barges at Noemfoor, and villages E of Maffln Bay. AA positions S of Ralum are bombed.


06/29/44

Seventh AF

P-47's carry out bombing and strafing missions over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, pound Truk while B-25's based at Makin hit Ponape."


06/29/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-25's fly a negative shipping sweep.


06/30/44

Eighth AF

136 HBs attack A/Fs at Montdidier, Evreux/Fauville, Conches, Le Culot, and Coxyde/Furnes. P-51's furnish escort and afterwards strafe M/Ys, A/Fs, barges, barracks, a train, a factory, and a warehouse with good results. No enemy aircraft are encountered and no airplanes are lost.


06/30/44

Ninth AF

125-plus B-26's and A-20's, using blind-bombing methods in bad weather, bomb fuel dumps and road junctions at Conde-sur-Vire, Foret de Conches, Conde-sur-Noireau, and Thury-Harcourt. Around 250 others are forced to abort due to weather. 600-plus ftrs escort bmrs, fly cover over the beach, and bomb M/Ys at Chartres and Verneuil-surAvres, bridges E of Paris, and Evreux-Bueil, and Breux-sur-Avre-Trappes rail lines. The ftrs fly armed rcn in Seine-Loire gap and along the Loire, and Continent-based ftrs of IX TAC attack comm tgts in adv of US and British positions.


06/30/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again restricts MB operations but B-25's attack Pietrasanta railway bridge and Marradi viaduct and tunnel. FBs hit rail lines, bridges, railroad cars, guns, motor transport, and other tgts along battleline and area to the N in Pistoia area.


06/30/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather causes over 450 HBs and more than 150 ftrs to abort missions. 188 HBs, escorted by 138 ftrs, hit A/F at Zagreb and T/Os in Hungary and Yugoslavia, including M/Ys at Kaposvar, Osztopan and Split, highway bridge at Brac I, A/F at Banjaluka, and city of Budapest. 130-plus ftrs provide escort."


06/30/44

Tenth AF

47 B-25's continue Imphal ammo run while 17 B-25's haul gasoline to Kamaing. 18 B-25's bomb Tamu and 6 hit Wainggyo. 11 P-38's attack Myitnge bridge.


06/30/44

Fourteenth AF

MBs and FBs again pound numerous tgts in Tungting Lake area, concentrating on river shipping, town areas, troop concentrations, and road traffic. Towns bombed include Pingkiang, Hengshan, Liling, Yuhsien, Siangyin, and Chuchou. Also hit is A/F at Hengyang and bridges at Leiyang and Liling. 15 P-40's over NE Indochina damage bridge approaches at Phu Lang Thuong and blast 3 trains.


06/30/44

FEAF

Barges, troop concentrations, and other T/Os near Nyaparake and Suain are attacked. Kamiri and Namber A/Fs, supply areas, and defensive positions on Noemfoor I are hit. Tobera and Erventa I are also bombed.


06/30/44

Seventh AF

P-47's on Saipan continue to pound entry forces remaining on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.


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