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05/01/44

Eighth AF

More than 500 HBs are dispatched on an early morning mission to attack 23 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. Bad weather causes many aborts. 129 of these HBs manage to attack V-weapon sites at Marquise/Mimoyecques, Watten, and Bois de l'Enfer and A/Fs at Paix, Montdidier, and Roye/Amy. In afternoon raid 328 B-17's and B-24's bomb M/Ys at Troyes, Reims, Sarreguemines, Metz, Liege, and Brussels.


05/01/44

Ninth AF

The last of the 11 bomb gps (8 medium and 3 light) of IX BC becomes operational. 450 B-26's and A-20's attack numerous M/Ys and industrial tgts in France and Belgium.


05/01/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack bridges at Albinia Station, NW of Chiusi, in and near Grosseto, near Monte Molino, Calafuria, and at Pontedera. Also attacked are viaduct at Monte Catellana and M/Ys at Florence/Campo di Marte and Florence, with particularly good results at Florence. LBs hit ammo dump at Fara in Sabina. P-40's and P-47's hit rail tracks in Rome area, Priverno station, guns N of Anzio, dumps at Frascati, stations at Colleferro and Frosinone, tracks at Orbetello and Orvieto, bridge and tunnel N of Todi, road in Canino, dump and factory at Stimigliano, vessels E of Piombino, factory E of Cecina, bridge approaches at Grosseto and Arezzo, dump at Grosseto, and tunnel at Rignano sull 'Arno.


05/01/44

Tenth AF

18 P-38's and A-31's hit troop positions and supply dumps. 7 P-40's over Mogaung Valley hit Kamaing and attack positions N of Nanyaseik. 30-plus B-24's bomb Maymyo, Mandalay M/Y, and oil facilities at Yenangyaung.


05/01/44

Fourteenth AF

32 P-40's hit tgts over wide areas of S China, Burma and Indochina. The FBs knock out bridge at Wan Lai-Kam, pound motor pool at Wan Pa-Hsa, and strafe railroad station and A/F at Yuncheng, damage 3 bridges and hit numerous boxcars at Bac Le, Dinh Ca, and Dong Mo, and bomb carbide mines at Loc Binh. Dong Dang and Na Cham railroad yards are also strafed. 7 B-25's and 8 P-40's bomb Tangyang A/F and nearby cav post. 2 B-25's over Amoy claim a small freighter sunk. 15 enemy airplanes bomb airstrips at Ankang and Hengyang.


05/01/44

Fifth AF

180-plus MBs, LBs, and ftrs pound Wewak and Hansa Bay areas throughout the day. Numerous coastline tgts are hit, including A/Fs, vehicles, comm, villages, AA positions, bivouacs, supplies, barges, and offshore islands. B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF hit Woleai and Eauriprik Is.


05/01/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-24's over Borpop area attack coastal guns. 40-plus FBs and more than 30 Navy dive bmrs pound Vunakambi Plantation. 38 P-39's, flying 18 different missions, hit a variety of tgts on SW Bougainville, including missions at Tinputs, Koromira, and Tsimba, Hongorai R crossing, Numa Numa bridge, and huts at Aravia and Kunapaupau.


05/01/44

Twentieth AF

By this date all 4 VHB fields in Chengtu area are open to B-29 traffic.


05/01/44

Seventh AF

Shore-based AF Forward Area (TF 59) is activated to control all Army, Navy, and Marine shore-based aircraft in the C Pacific forward area. The cmd is headed by Gen Hale, former CG of the Seventh. B-25's from Makin bomb Jaluit.


05/01/44

Eleventh AF

A single weather sortie is flown."


05/02/44

Eighth AF

50 B-24's bomb V-weapon installation at Saint-Pol/Siracourt.


05/02/44

Ninth AF

More than 250 B-26's and A-20's bomb M/Ys at Busigny, Valenciennes, and Blanc-Misseron. Over 400 P-47's and P-51's divebomb A/Fs and M/Ys in France and the Low Countries."


05/02/44

Twelfth AF

Attacks against rail lines and bridges in N Italy continue. MBs bomb approach to bridge in N Oriveto, bridges in S Ficulle and in Marsciano, and M/Ys in Florence/ Campo di Marte and W and NW Florence. LBs hit ammunition dump NE of Rome. P-40's and P-47's hit rail lines N of Rome, bridges SW of Rome, guns N of Anzio, road at Montefiascone, road bridge at Cecina, trucks and planes at Malignano landing ground, and several other dumps, roads, and rail lines in N Italy.


05/02/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 250 B-24's, most with ftr escort, attack La Spezia dock and harbor installations, M/Ys at Castel Maggiore and Parma, railroad bridges at Faenza and Orbetello, and several T/Os. Over 300 other HBs are forced to abort because of weather.


05/02/44

EAC

TCC, until this date a major subordinate component of EAC, is placed under Third Tac AF, another EAC component.


05/02/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's hit villages nd defensive positions near Buthidaung.


05/02/44

Fourteenth AF

3 B-24's claim 2 freighters sunk in S end of Formosa straits.


05/02/44

Fifth AF

140-plus A-20's and FBs it bridges, barges, gun positions, roads, personnel, supplies, huts, and tent areas from Wewak to Hansa Bay throughout the day. 2 B-25's bomb A/Fs at Wewak and Boram. 8 others it Wakde I oil stores, huts, AA positions, trucks, and other T/Os. A/F on Biak I is bombed by 2 B-24's.


05/02/44

Thirteenth AF

22 P-39's bomb village N of Kieta, airstrip and buildngs of Koromira and Rigu Missions. P-40's also hit Kieta area. Ftr sweeps over Rabaul area continue. FBs hit Vunakambi Plantation supply rea with incendiaries. B-25's pound Talili area.


05/02/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein, bomb Truk during the night. During the day B-25's based at Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a shuttle base to rearm between strikes. B-25's from Engebi pound Ponape.


05/03/44

Eighth AF

47 B-24's bomb Vweapon site at Wizernes.


05/03/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's and B-26's pound railway bridges at Monte Molino, Orvieto, and Taggia, bridge approaches at Ficulle and Imperia, and Ventimiglia M/Ys. A-20's attack ammo dumps. P-40's and P-47's attack rail lines, bridge, dump, guns, and building in battle area and score 4 direct hits on observation post S of Cassino; vessels and docks at Civitavecchia and Montalto di Castro, and road bridges and rail lines in the area; town of Fondi and rail lines and bridges nearby; railway bridges at Foligno, Sant'Elpidio a Mare, and Grosseto; viaduct at Terni; and numerous vehicles, dumps, railroads, vessels, and other tgts in battle areas and in N Italy."


05/03/44

Tenth AF

18 A-31's again hit defensive positions near Buthidaung. 12 B-25's and 40-plus A-31's hit Kohima and Kalewa. 28 FBs pound ammo dumps and other supplies at Mohnyin and N of Nanyaseik.9 P-38's hit A/Fs in Meiktila area. 7 P-40's attack Lakatkawng and spt ground forces in the area.


05/03/44

Fourteenth AF

7 CACW B-25's bomb Mihsien town area and also hit numerous vehicles and troops NE of Mihsien, between Yochou and Hsuchang, at Chihsien and N of Yenling. The MBs also strafe town of Hsiang-cheng. 4 B-26's and 8 P-40's pound storage area at Tangyang A/F. 10 CACW P-40's score 11 direct hits on bridge over the Yellow R NW of Chenghsien, and destroy 15 trucks and many troops between Loyang and Luchou. 10 other P-40's on armed rcn sink 3 sampans near Cat Ba I, knock out bridge at Bac Le, damage another at Kep, and pound Na Cham railroad yards.


05/03/44

Fifth AF

72 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's thoroughly blast Wewak and Boram A/Fs in a single raid. About 120 A-20's, B-25's, and FBs, operating throughout the day, hit Wewak and Hansa Bay areas, including tgts at Nubia, Uligan, Mushu I, Wewak, and Boram. A/Fs at Maffin Bay is bombed by B-25's.


05/03/44

Thirteenth AF

8 P-39's bomb buildings at Monoitu. 17 others, in the course of 6 missions, hit T/Os, including Japanese-occupied huts and buildings at Toiemonapu, Tinputs, and Sisiruai, and bivouacs at Tarlena, Ratsua, and Mawareka. 24 B-25's bomb Kulon Plantation and a personnel concentration to the NE. Allied ftr sweeps over N Solomons and the Bismarcks continue. P-40's returning from New Britain area bomb Pororan.


05/03/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Kwajalein bomb Wotje while others, based at Makin, strike both Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a rearming base between raids.


05/04/44

Eighth AF

851 B-17's and B-24's (13 combat wgs) take off to bomb industries at Brunswick and Berlin. Because of thick cloud conditions less than 300 HBs proceed and these are forced to abandon mission over the Low Countries. 48 B-17's manage to attack Bergen/Alkmaar A/F during withdrawal.


05/04/44

Ninth AF

More than 170 B-26's and 36 A-20's bomb gun emplacements and other military tgts at Etretat/Sainte-Marie-Au-Bosc, Etaples, Le Treport, Ault, Fecamp, and Ouistreham.


05/04/44

Twelfth AF

Main effort again is against lines of comm. MBs hit bridges, tracks, and M/Ys. P-40's, A-36's, and P-47's hit rail lines in and around Priverno, guns and radar station N of Anzio, railroad cars, rail lines, and bridge in Orte-Attigliano and Orte-Narni areas, motor transport and stores E of Frascati, M/Ys at Colleferro and Follonica, and trucks and personnel on Fondi-Pico road. Vessels at Leghorn and numerous railroad tgts at scattered points are attacked.


05/04/44

Tenth AF

12 A-31's bomb Kaladan while a single B-24 bombs Akyab. 12 B-25's damage bridge at Kalemyo and bomb Tiddim, while 24 A-31's hit Kohima. 24 B-24's bomb Mandalay M/Y and barracks and general area at Maymyo. 2 P-51's knock out bypass bridge near Shweli.


05/04/44

Fourteenth AF

8 P-40's hit gun positions at Pailochi. 2 B-25's strafe 12 sampans between Hong Kong and Luichow Peninsula, killing many soldiers on board.


05/04/44

Fifth AF

26 B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb Mokmer A/F. 60-plus B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and P-47's pound A/Fs, road, bridges, shipping, barges and other tgts in Wewak area. A-20's attack bridges over Awar R and T/Os in Hansa Bay area while FBs hit T/Os in Ramu R Valley and on Hansa Bay coast.


05/04/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's bomb Talili Bay area. 43 FBs hit Vunakanau A/F. Allied ftr sweeps over the Bismarcks continue. 38 P-39's, flying 18 missions, hit several tgts on Bougainville, including buildings at Sovele, Tinputs, Reboine Bay area, Monoitu, and in area N of Taki. T/Os in Koromira area are also attacked.


05/04/44

Seventh AF

12 B-25's, based at Makin, pound Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming between the strikes. 39 B-24's from Kwajalein and Eniwetok hit Ponape.


05/05/44

Eighth AF

33 B-24's bomb Vweapon installation at Sottevast.


05/05/44

Ninth AF

Gen Wood assumes cmd of IX AFSC."


05/05/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's bomb supply dump W of Albano Laziale. XII TAC A-36's, P-47's, and P-40's fly 24 missions cutting rail lines N and NE of Rome, and hitting guns N of Anzio beachhead and N of Gaeta, and a dump near Frascati. Bridges at Orvieto and W of Lake Bolsena are damaged by direct hits, a barge at San Stefano al Mare is hit, several trucks destroyed or damaged, rail lines are cut in several places near Sesti Bagni, and airplanes are hit at Canino landing ground. DAF P-47's ut tracks S of Pisa.


05/05/44

Fifteenth AF

465th Bomb Gp (B-24) becomes operational, making total of 20 HB gps operational in Fifteenth AF. 640-plus B-24's and B-17's (the largest force of HBs disatched by Fifteenth AF to date) attack M/Y at Ploesti and troop conentrations and town area at Podrorica. Ftrs fly over 240 sorties in spt.


05/05/44

Tenth AF

18 A-31's hit concentrations SE of Buthidaung. 15 P-38's hit tgts along Tiddim road while 40-plus A-31's pound gun positions, camps, villages, and supply dumps SW of Bishenpur and at Kalewa. 3 B-25's bomb Thayaung A/F area. More than 80 P-40's, P-51's, A-36's, and B-25's carry out spt of ground forces, hit gun positions and supply dumps, attack troop concentrations, and blast numerous T/Os throughout the Mogaung Valley. 11 A-31's bomb Naba and vicinity while 3 B-25's and 6 FBs hit ammo dump N of Mohnyin. 12 P-38's bomb large warehouse E of Monywa. 6 B-24's lay mines in harbor off Koh Si Chang I.


05/05/44

Fourteenth AF

11 B-24's bomb docks and shipping at Haiphong. 14 P-40's damage bridges at Hsenwi and Wan Pa-Hsa and hit barracks and destroy several trucks at Kentung. 8 B-25's and 23 FBs attack warehouse area at Chiuchiang, causing large fires. 25 CACW B-25's and P-40's thoroughly pound Sinyang M/ Y and storage area. 10 P-40's sweep road from Loyang to Juchou, claiming 40-50 vehicles and numerous troops destroyed.


05/05/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Mokmer A/ F while B-25's hit supply areas at Wakde I and along coast of Maffin Bay. A-20's and FBs again pound tgts around Wewak and along coast of Hansa Bay, hitting supply and personnel areas, warehouses, and occupied villages.


05/05/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's bomb gun positions at Buka. 34 P-39's hit various tgts on Bougainville and Buka, including buildings at Porton, Chabai, and Kohiso, pillbox at Pau I, and road near Tsundawan. Supply area at Chabai is bombed by 12 other P-39's. P-40's bomb buildings at Kieta and at nearby Rigu Mission. Ftr patrols continue over N Solomons and the Bismarcks.


05/05/44

Seventh AF

During 4/5 May B-24's from Kwajalein stage through Eniwetok and bomb Truk. During the day B-25's from Eniwetok strike Ponape, and 10 from Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as rearming base between the attacks.


05/06/44

Eighth AF

70 B-24's bomb V-weapon site at Siracourt. Over 90 others, scheduled to attack similar installations at Sottevast and La Glacerie, fail to bomb because of total overcast at tgts.


05/06/44

Ninth AF

76 B-26's and A-20's dispatched to attack coastal defenses abort mission because of weather.


05/06/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's pound storage area at Itri. A-36's hit rail lines in Viterbo area. P-40's hit guns, tracks, and railroad station in and around Frosinone, and rail lines, stations, roads, and town area in and near Itri, Colleferro, and Sezze. P-47's hit Certaldo M/Y and numerous railroad and highway tgts, including several bridges.


05/06/44

Fifteenth AF

About 300 B-17's and B-24's, escorted by P-51's and P-38's, bomb A/F, aircraft factory, and M/Y at Brasov.


05/06/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's continue pounding positions near Buthidaung. 14 B-25's bomb Indainggyi, destroy Sibong bridge, and damage road at Hpaungzeik. 40-plus A-31's bomb troop concentrations NE of Palel and hit Thaungdut area. 90-plus P-40's, A-31's, P-51's, and B-25's attack wide variety of tgts throughout Mogaung Valley. 18 FBs and 6 B-25's spt ground forces at Mawlu while 3 B-25's and 4 P-51's hit positions at Nalong.


05/06/44

Fourteenth AF

61 P-40's and 5 B-25's attack tgts throughout S China and Indochina. Numerous vehicles and troops are destroyed in Hsiangcheng, Loyang, and Luchou areas. 8 boxcars are destroyed and 70 more damaged between Thanh Moi and Bac Le and between Phu Lang Thuong and Lang Son. A barge is sunk at Campha Port and numerous sampans and small craft sunk or damaged at Cat Ba I. Main buildings at Nanchang mines are destroyed, Sienning bridge is damaged, and several railroad cars and vehicles are destroyed near Puchi. 14 B-25's and 28 FBs pound A/F and surrounding area at Hankow.


05/06/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Penfoei and Biak I. 150-plus B-25's, A-20's, and FBs, operating almost continuously throughout the day, blast a variety of tgts from Wewak to the shores of Hansa Bay. B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF again bomb Woleai.


05/06/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's and 12 P-39's pound the Talili Bay area. 37 P-39's and 19 P-40's attack tgts in Porton area.


05/06/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin and Kwajalein hit Wotje and Jaluit. B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, escort Navy airplanes on photo rcn of Guam. The B-24's bomb Guam from 20,000 ft, scoring hits on 2 A/Fs and a town area and proceed to Los Negros to prepare for return flight. The HBs claim 4 interceptors shot down."


05/07/44

Eighth AF

549 B-17's bomb city of Berlin, 167 B-24's bomb industrial center of Osnabruck, 145 B-24's strike industrial area of Munster, and around 30 other HBs bomb various T/Os in Germany in morning raids. During the afternoon 19 B-24's bomb M/Ys at Liege and 9 bomb T/Os. This is the first day in which over 900 Eighth AF HBs attack tgts and the second time in which over 1,000 are airborne on a single-day's operations. 9 bmrs are lost.


05/07/44

Twelfth AF

Weather remains poor and precludes MB operations. A-20's hit dump SW of Albano Laziale. FBs hit comm, especially roads, with excellent results. Roads, motor transports, trains, gun positions, bridges, tracks, M/Ys, harbor areas, and other tgts are attacked in areas around Stimigliano, Vetralla, Viterbo, Bracciano, Anzio, Manziana, Acquapendente, Civitavecchia, Terracina, Rome, and Elba I.


05/07/44

Fifteenth AF

420-plus B-17's and B-24's bomb M/Ys in Bucharest. 62 P-51's escort HBs to tgt and 53 provide withdrawal escort. 84 P-38's and P-51's fly tgt cover. 38 B-17's attack bridge at Belgrade.


05/07/44

Tenth AF

35 A-31's pound area around Bishenpur. 15 P-38's hit Kangaung area. 4 P-40's hit T/Os along road from N of Nanyaseik to Kamaing. 4 B-24's lay mines in Gulf of Siam off Sattahib.


05/07/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's hit vehicle concentrations W and NW of Hsiangcheng and bomb town of Chiahsien, and 4 P-40's destroy at least 25 trucks between the 2 towns. 8 P-40's destroy or damage 40-60 trucks, tanks, and other vehicles during road sweeps from Loyang to Yenshih and from Yehhsien to Paofeng. 8 P-40's strafe forces and equipment E of Luchou, while 4 hit railroad T/Os at Lang Son.


05/07/44

Fifth AF

B-24's, B-25's, and P-40's hit Urarom, Biak I, HollandiaWakde coast, and Sawar-Maffin Bay area. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs again attack T/Os from Wewak to area around Hansa Bay and strafe villages along Sepik R.


05/07/44

Thirteenth AF

15 B-25's, hampered by bad weather, attack coastal gun on Cape Friendship and bomb W coast of Rantan I. 70-plus P-39's, P-38's, and P-40's bomb numerous tgts throughout Buka and Bougainville, including shipping and supply area at Chabai and Tsirogei, huts at Hiru Hiru, near Tonu, and at Monoitu, and bridges W of Haigi and on Miwo R.


05/07/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk during 6/7 May. B-25's from Engebi hit Ponape during the following day. Makin-based B-25's bomb Jaluit and Wotje.


05/08/44

ETO

Gen Eisenhower sets D-Day for Normandy invasion as 5 Jun. Date subsequently will be changed to 6 Jun.


05/08/44

Eighth AF

During the morning 378 B-17's bomb Berlin, 287 B-24's and 49 B-17's strike aircraft factories near Brunswick, and 29 HBs attack Brandenburg and scattered T/Os in the area; 36 bmrs are lost on these raids. In afternoon 52 B-17's bomb 1 V-weapon site at Sottevast, 29 B-17's bomb sites at La Glacerie, and 56 B-24's bomb M/Ys at Brussels, with 5 HBs being lost in these afternoon operations.


05/08/44

Ninth AF

About 450 B-26's and A-20's bomb M/Ys, coastal defenses, bridges, A/Fs, and V-weapons sites in France and Belgium.


05/08/44

Twelfth AF

FBs hit roads and railroads N of Rome, supply dump N of Anzio beachhead, and station at Colleferro. Numerous trucks and railroad cars are destroyed and many troops killed. Attacks against rolling stock on Rome-Orte rail line are especially effective.


05/08/44

Tenth AF

12 A-31's continue attacks on sector SE of Buthidaung. 9 B-24's and 9 B-25's bomb Moirang and a village to the N, causing considerable damage including the destruction of a road bridge. 12 P-38's hit Kangaung A/F.


05/08/44

Fifth AF

B-24's and P-40's operating in Geelvink Bay area attack Mokmer A/F and nearby shipping. A-20's and FBs continue to pound T/Os along NE New Guinea coast from Wewak to Hansa Bay and along Sepik R.


05/08/44

Thirteenth AF

FBs pound Tobera A/F and strafe T/Os in the area. 2 sqs of B-24's bomb gun positions at Sohano I and Hahilia while 30-plus P-39's and P-40's hit areas around Porton, Tsimba, Tarara, Kieta, Numa Numa, Tsirogei, and at several other points. B-25's blast coast near Banin, hit Sohano I, and bomb A/F areas at Bonis and Buka.


05/08/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Engebi strike Ponape while Makin-based B-25's pound Jaluit and Wotje, using Maj uro as a shuttle base between strikes. B-24's that landed at Los Negros after Guam strike on 6 May return to the Marshalls, bombing Ponape en route.


05/09/44

Eighth AF

A total of 797 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs at Saint Dizier Robinson, Thionville, Juvincourt-etDamary, Laon/Athies, Laon/Couvron, Lille, Nivelles, Saint-Trond, and Florennes; and M/Ys at Liege, Thionville, and Luxembourg. This is start of an offensive against A/Fs, set within a month of Normandy invasion so that the GAF will not have time to recover before D-Day."


05/09/44

Ninth AF

The 367th and 406th Ftr Gps become operational, bringing the ftr gp total of the Ninth AF to 18. over 40 MBs attack M/Ys, railway batteries, coastal defense batteries, bridges, and NOBALL sites in France.


05/09/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's hit Incisa in Valdarno railroad bridge and viaduct while A-20's attack fuel dumps. FBs again blast roads and railroads and other tgts at various locations N of Rome, including Lake Bolsena, Civitavecchia, Colleferro, Civita Castel-lana, Orte, and San Giovanni Valdarno.


05/09/44

USSR

Soviet Army captures Sevastopol.


05/09/44

Tenth AF

20-plus A-31's continue attacks on Buthidaung area, hitting troop concentrations and supply dumps. More than 100 A-31's, P-51's, and B-25's hit positions and occupied areas at Moirang, Kanglatongbi, Myothit, and SE of Palel, and severely damage bridge over Uyu R near Nawngpu-awng. Mogaung Valley tgts, including tgts in spt of ground forces near Kamaing, are pounded by more than 60 B-25's, A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's. 9 P-51's hit troops and gun positions at Mawlu and Namkwin and hit Nalong area. 3 B-24's blast barracks area at Nagorn Sawarn while 3 P-51's hit Anisakan A/F, destroying or damaging 20-plus trucks, 2 airplanes, and a locomotive. 8 B-24's lay mines in Moulmein area, 2 others make diversionary strike on Martaban, and 5 mine Mergui waterfront.


05/09/44

Fifth AF

More than 50 B-24's and B-25's bomb Langgoer and Faan airstrips, and Bosnik supply area and Mokmer A/F. 220-plus A-20's and FBs continue to blast numerous T/Os along NE New Guinea coastline from Wewak to Hansa Bay area. 12 B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb Woleai.


05/09/44

Thirteenth AF

33 FBs pound A/ F at Lakunai. Ftr sweeps over New Ireland and New Britain continue. On Bougainville 30-plus P-39's and P-38's hit barges in Porton-Chabai area, huts at Kieta, and ammo dump S of Aitara Mission. 10 other P-38's and 12 B-25's bomb Bonis A/F and nearby T/Os in Buka Passage.


05/09/44

Seventh AF

During 8/9 May B-24's stage through Kwajalein to bomb Truk. Makin-based B-25's hit Wotje and Jaluit, using Majuro as a rearming point between attacks.


05/10/44

Ninth AF

About 300 MBs attack M/Ys, A/Fs, and NOBALL tgts in France and Belgium. P-47's and P-51's dive-bomb tgts in NW Europe for the sixth straight day. Bad weather causes large number of aborts.


05/10/44

Twelfth AF

Weather permits MB operations for first time in several days. B-25's hit bridges near San Giovanni Valdarno, Orvieto, and Monte Molino, and Terni viaduct. B-26's attack bridges W of Arezzo. FBs continue attacks on roads and railroads N of Rome. Tgts in areas of Avezzano, Civitavecchia, Furbara, Terni, Todi, Orvieto, Manciano, Perugia, Monte San Savino, and La Spezia, and near Rome are attacked.


05/10/44

Fifteenth AF

485th Bomb Gp (B-24) is declared operational, giving Fifteenth AF its planned operational strength of 21 HB gps. The 52d Ftr Gp (P-51) also begins operations with the Fifteenth on this date, making a total of 6 ftr gps. Around 400 HBs attack A/F and industrial complex at Wiener-Neustadt. Over 200 ftrs provide spt. 19 HBs hit Knin railroad center. Over 300 HBs are forced to abort due to bad weather which has halted operations for the past few days. Opposition is fierce against the Wiener-Neustadt missions. 21 HBs and 1 ftr are lost. US aircraft claim 50 combat victories."


05/10/44

CBI

In drive to free the Burma Road, Chinese troops cross Salween R on a 100-mi front and attack Japanese positions in N Burma.


05/10/44

Tenth AF

12 A-31's hit Buthidaung area. More than 70 B-25's, A-36's, P-51's, P-40's, and 10 B-24's blast numerous tgts, concentrating on barracks and storage in Myitkyina-Mogaung vicinity and also hitting gun positions and bridges at Kamaing, and railroad siding and buildings at Mohnyin. 60-plus A-31's hit Kohima and Bishenpur, and damage bridge near Kalewa. 16 P-38's destroy several aircraft in strikes on Aungban and Kangaung A/Fs.


05/10/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's sink 6 large junks and damage several others in Fan Tou Bay, and destroy several trucks between Wan Pa-Hsa and Mong Ho Pung. 28 P-40's bomb Tengchung town area, strafe nearby truck convoy, damage bridges at Tingka, Bac Le and Hsenwi, hit power dam at Tasa, bomb tank and truck dispersal area at Hsiangcheng, and hit 30plus railroad cars at Lang Giai, Dong Dang, and Na Cham.


05/10/44

Fifth AF

120-plus B-24's, A-20's, and FBs, along with RAAF airplanes, maintain attacks on T/Os along NE New Guinea coast from Hansa Bay area to Wewak. 2 B-24's hit Mokmer A/F. 45 B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb A/F on Eten I and warehouse area at Dublon.


05/10/44

Thirteenth AF

41 FBs attack Tobera A/F. 11 B-25's hit Matupi I. Ftrs on sweep hit trucks W of Keravat. 4 B-25's bomb Muguai Mission. 61 P-39's (some back from Tobera strike) and 12 P-40's attack tgts throughout Buka-Bougainville area, including bridge over Crepers R, supply area at Mawareka, barge at Chabai, village on Schwarze Pt, pillbox at Gohi, and general area of Porton Plantations.


05/10/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Kwajalein bomb Wake during 9/10 May. During the day, B-25's from Engebi bomb Ponape while Makin-based B-25's raid Jaluit and Wotje.


05/10/44

Eleventh AF

The Eleventh directs its components to place more emphasis on photographing and bombing of specific tgts instead of general rcn.


05/11/44

Eighth AF

164 B-24's bomb M/Ys at Mulhouse, Belfort, and Epinal; 24 bomb secondary tgts of M/Ys at Chaumont; 66 attack Orleans/Bricy and other tgts of last resort. 5 bmrs are lost in these early afternoon raids. In late afternoon 2 forces, totalling 549 B-17's, bomb M/Ys at Saarbrucken, Ehrang, Volkingen, KonzKarthaus, Thionville, Liege, Brussels/Midi, Brussels/Schaerbeek, Bettembourg, and elsewhere in Luxembourg. 8 bmrs are lost.


05/11/44

Ninth AF

More than 330 MBs attack A/Fs at Beaumont-le-Roger and Cormeilles-en-Vexin and M/Ys at Aerschot and Mezieres/Charleville. Bad visibility and failure to rendezvous with ftrs cause over 100 aborts. This is start of Ninth's participation in AAF pre-invasion offensive against A/Fs.


05/11/44

Twelfth AF

MBs, hampered by weather, attack Portoferraio, bridges near Orvieto and Ficulle, tracks at Piombino, viaduct at Poggibonsi, and bridges at Certaldo and Signa. FBs hit Fondi, rail lines NE of Rome, A/F at Littoria, rail facilities in Perugia area, barge, harbor area, and factory in Portoferraio area, and tracks near Castiglione d'Orcia. Other FBs attack numerous positions along main front as US Fifth and British Eighth Armies begin assault through the Gustav Line and the drive toward Rome."


05/11/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's hit Japanese positions at Labawa and SE of Maungdaw. 36 A-31's hit positions at Kohima and Potsangbam. In Mogaung Valley 70-plus B-25's, A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's, attack Myitkyina and Pinbaw areas, Sahmaw, tgts NW of Kamaing, gun positions at Nsopzup, and T/Os along road from Inkangahtawng to Kamaing. 24 P-51's attack A/F at Meiktila, Anisakan, and Heho, shooting down 13 airplanes in the area. 14 B-24's pound Maymyo railroad station. 12 B-25's attack railroad in Shwebo-Sagaing area. 12 other B-25's knock out bridges at Pyu, Thawatti, Ela, and 7 mi S of Ela.


05/11/44

Fourteenth AF

24 P-40's knock out main bridge N of Mangshih, bomb town area of Lungchwanchiang, damage radio station on Cat Ba I and destroy several large junks off shore, and attack power dam W of Cao Bang, buildings at Dong Dang, and boxcars and oil drums at Lang Giai. 6 B-25's and 24 P-40's (some firing rockets) pound railroad yards and depot at Sinyang, blast warehouse area 30 mi to the N, and sink a small freighter, 3 motor launches, and several sampans between Siaokan and Chienli. 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's hit troops, tanks, and trucks in YenshihTengfeng-Mihsien area and in Luchou-Hsiangcheng vicinity. 6 P-40's pound supply dumps at Mienchih and 13 P-40's sink at least 5 supply boats on the YanFtze in the Hosueh area.


05/11/44

Fifth AF

130-plus B-24's and B-25's bomb gun emplacements and supply areas on Wakde and Mokmer A/F and T/Os on Biak. 220-plus FBs, A-20's, B-24's, and B-25's continue to pound coastal bridges and villages, fuel dumps, vehicles, gun positions, supply areas, bivouacs, and various tgts along the shoreline from Hansa Bay to Wewak.


05/11/44

Thirteenth AF

8 P-38's bomb supply-personnel area W of Tobera. 12 B-25's, 12 P-40's and 3 B-24's hit Vunakanau A/F. Ftrs on sweeps and bombing missions over the Bismarcks hit various tgts at Kabanga Plantation, Gazelle Peninsula area, N of Sae R, and at Labout. 70-plus P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's (flying total of 18 missions) attack variety of tgts, including piers at Chabai, Ratsua, and Porton, wooded area near Pipipaia, town of Siruluna, bridge at Tokinotu, and A/F at Buka.


05/11/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk during 10/11 May. During day B-25's from Engebi hit Ponape while others, based at Makin, pound Jaluit.


05/12/44

Eighth AF

800 B-17's and B-24's operating in 3 forces, bomb oil plants, other industrial tgts, M/Ys, A/Fs, and some unidentified T/Os at Merseburg, Lutzkendorf, Zeitz, Bohlen, Zwickau, Gera, Chemnitz, and Brux. An estimated 430 ftrs offer intense opposition. 46 HBs are lost.


05/12/44

Ninth AF

IX TCC carries out EAGLE, a full-scale exercise of the tactics and techniques of paradrop, glider tow, parapack in resupply, air landing of supplies, and medical evacuation as a dress rehearsal for the airborne invasion of Normandy. More than 450 MBs attack coastal defenses, A/Fs, bridges, railroads and railroad guns, and V-weapon sites in France and Belgium. Thick haze impedes visibility and causes many aborts.


05/12/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's blast cmd posts along main battlefront as Allied ground forces seek to break through Gustav Line. MBs hit concentration near Fondi, attack forces at Vallecorsa and Pastena, and bomb numerous positions along main front. FBs pound cmd posts, guns, bridges, road and rail traffic, and troops along assault front and in rear areas, concentrating especially on the Monte Cassino Benedictine Abbey and surrounding area.


05/12/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 730 B-17's and B-24's (largest HB force used by Fifteenth AF on any day to this time) attack German HQs at Massa d'Albe and Monte Soratte; town of Civitavecchia; A/Fs at Tarquinia and in surrounding area; M/Ys at Chivasso, Piombino, Marina di Carrara, Viareggio, and Ferrara; Orbetello I; Piombino harbor; docks and comm at San Stefano al Mare; harbor, M/Y, and railroad bridge at Chiavari; La Spezia M/Y and harbor; and several T/Os. 26 P-38's strafe Piacenza A/F. Other ftrs fly over 250 sorties in spt of bombing missions.


05/12/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's hit positions at Labawa and SSE of Maungdaw. 36 A-31's hit villages around Bishenpur while 4 B-25's strike at Tiddim road NNW of Tonzang. 50-plus B-25's and FBs knock out railroad bridge at Pinbaw, pound gun positions and supply area at Myitkyina and hit defensive positions near Kazu-Tiangsup. 4 B-25's damage Myothit bridge while 8 P-38's bomb Kyaukye. 21 P-51's hit A/Fs at Meiktila and Heho, claiming 8 interceptors downed. 4 B-25's knock out bridge at Daga while 2 others bomb camp at Taungbaw.


05/12/44

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's and 11 B-25's hit several tgts in S China and in Indochina. Military installations, arty positions, and tank concentrations are pounded in Yoyang area, a bridge and several trucks are damaged at Sienning, a naval vessel is attacked at Hong Kong, a radio station on Cat Ba I is bombed, and railroad yards, supply dump, and river junks are blasted in Phu Lang Thuong area.


05/12/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Mokmer A/F and attack tgts on Ceram, Amboina and Timor. A-20's, B-25's and FBs blast villages, coastal bridges and roads, vehicles, airstrip at Boram, and other tgts throughout WewakHansa Bay region.


05/12/44

Thirteenth AF

12 B-25's and 20plus P-40's and P-38's pound Tobera airstrip and nearby personnel areas; some of the B-25's returning from Tobera bomb Sohano I. 12 P-39's and about 70 Navy SBD's and TBF's sink numerous barges throughout Rabaul area, especially at Simpson Harbor and Keravia Bay. Gun positions in Matupi area are also attacked.


05/12/44

Seventh AF

12 Makin-based B-25's bomb Nauru. A single B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Jaluit.


05/12/44

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 reconnoiters and bombs Matsuwa I installations, concentrating on the A/F on Tagan Cape."


05/13/44

Eighth AF

689 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs, M/Ys, aircraft assembly plant, and T/Os at Tutow, Osnabruck, Barth, Sylt I, Stettin, and Stralsund. 12 HBs are lost.


05/13/44

Ninth AF

More than 300 B-26's and A-20's bomb A/Fs, coastal defenses, railway battery, and V-weapon sites in France and Belgium. P-47's carry out dive-bombing raids on various tgts."


05/13/44

Twelfth AF

MBs, LBs, and FBs continue to attack lines of comm but devote main effort to spt of Allied ground forces push against Gustav Line (French Expeditionary Force with US Fifth Army gains spectacular breakthrough by fierce assault). A-20's hit cmd post; B-26's damage Cortona, Certaldo, Signa, and Montepescali bridges; B-25's blast towns in rear of battleline with good results at Pastena, Pico, Vallecorsa and Itri; and FBs carry out armed rcn and scheduled attacks against comm, road and rail traffic, and gun positions along immediate battleline and in areas around Esperia, Pico, Sant' Oliva, Pignataro Interamna, Arce, Fondi, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Terni, Orvieto, Chiusi, Rieti, and N of Rome.


05/13/44

Fifteenth AF

HBs continue interdiction in spt of ground forces. 670-plus B-17's and B-24's, mostly with ftr escort, attack M/Ys at Trento, Bronzola, Fidenza, Piacenza, Faenza, Imola, Cesena, Modena, Parma, San Rufillo, Borgo San Lorenzo, Castel Maggiore and Bologna, and hit railroad bridges at Bolzano and Avisio. Ftrs sweep Bologna-Modena area.


05/13/44

Tenth AF

Nearly 100 P-40's and P-51's over Mogaung Valley hit gun positions, bridges, spt ground forces (near Nanyaseik), and hit numerous T/Os throughout the whole valley. 12 A-36's hit positions near Maungdaw. 19 B-25's and 46 A-31's pound several points along road and bomb troop concentrations at Bishenpur. 30-plus B-24's, B-25's, A-36's, and P-51's hit Indaw, Taungbaw, and Mohnyin. 11 B-25's bomb Monywa.


05/13/44

Fourteenth AF

19 B-25's hit storage and warehouse areas at Mangshik and Lungling, bridge at Hsenwi, truck and tank concentrations SW of Loyang, and town area of Lungling. 39 P-40's hit military installations at Mengta and Tating, village N of Kaitou bridge at Tingka, and truck concentration at Yingyangchen."


05/13/44

Fifth AF

B-24's hit dispersal areas on Japen I, supply areas and AA guns at Bosnik, and A/Fs at Sorido, Namber, and near Moemi R. B-24's and B-25's hit A/Fs in the Wakde-Maffin-Sawar-Arare area. More than 200 FBs, A-20's, and B-25's thoroughly pound A/Fs, bridges, fuel dumps, vehicles, villages, AA guns, and supply areas in WewakHansa area.


05/13/44

Thirteenth AF

50-plus P-39's and P-40's attack piers at Ratsua, Porton, Chabai, and Tarlena. 30-plus other FBs hit various tgts, including supply area SE of Bonis, town of Chabai, village near Ibu, and huts and villages along Numa Numa trail. 3 B-25's hit coastal guns at Hahela Mission. 21 B-25's and more than 40 P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's pound supply areas at Talili Bay. Ftr sweeps over N New Britain and New Ireland continue. Many T/Os are strafed.


05/13/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein, bomb Truk during the early morning hours. Other HBs from Kwajalein bomb Maloelap and Jaluit. B-25's from Engebi hit Ponape.


05/13/44

Eleventh AF

1 B-25 flies a shipping strike and strafes 2 fishing vessels.


05/14/44

Twelfth AF

Spt for Allied ground assault into Gustav Line continues as aircraft hit at lines of comm N and NW of Rome and blast tgts in immediate battle area. MBs claim hits on bridges, bridge approaches, and viaducts at Chiani, Marsciano, Monte Molino, Castiglione d'Orcia, San Giovanni Valdarno, Poggibonsi, Tabianello, and Arezzo. A-20's pound cmd posts in battle area. FBs hit stations, tracks, roads, town areas, bridges, gun positions, and T/Os in immediate battle area and in or near Esperia, Terni, Narni, Itri, Terracina, Perugia, Chiusi, Orvieto, San Giovanni Valdarno, Maranola, and other locations N of Rome.


05/14/44

Fifteenth AF

Just over 700 B-24's and B-17's attack M/Ys at Vicenza, Padua, Ferrara, Treviso, Mestre, Mantua, and Piove di Sacco, and A/Fs at Piacenza and Reggio Emilia. Ftrs fly over 170 sorties in escort. 48 P-38's strafe Aviano and Villaorba A/Fs."


05/14/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's bomb troops and gun positions at Lahaw. 12 P-38's hit Tiddim road at Tonzang, causing roadblock. 48 A-31's bomb positions at Kalewa and S of Bishenpur. 11 P-40's hit bridge and road at Kazu and railroad shed at Myitkyina. 25 B-25's and P-51's hit troop positions at Hopin. Meiktila and Heho A/Fs are hit by 20-plus P-51's and P-38's. The ftrs claim 4 airplanes downed in combat.


05/14/44

Fourteenth AF

60 P-40's and P51's hit trucks at Yoyang, river shipping, boxcars, and trucks at Pailochi and Sienning, and storage area at Shayang. 20 other P-40's bomb and strafe towns near Mamien Pass, Pingkai and areas around Mengta and Tating. 6 Japanese bmrs hit Kienow, rendering A/F temporarily unusable.


05/14/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Bosnik supply areas and Sorido runway. In Wakde-Sawar-Maffln Bay area, villages and AA positions are pounded by B-24's and B-25's. FBs, A-20's, B-24's, and B-25's maintain strikes against A/Fs, bridges, trucks, villages, and other tgts in Wewak-Hansa Bay area.


05/14/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's bomb Tobera airstrip. 44 FBs pound supply and personnel areas at Vunakanau. P-39's and P-40's strafe tgts in N and E Gazelle Peninsula, and ftr patrols over Rabaul area attack several T/Os. In Buka-Bougainville area, 40-plus P-39's and P-40's bomb Hangan, Tsirogei, Tokiparo, pier at Kessa Plantation, and near Ibu.


05/14/44

Seventh AF

53 B-24's from Kwajalein and 43 B-25's from Makin join Navy aircraft in pounding Jaluit.


05/15/44

Eighth AF

38 B-17's attack V-weapon site at Marquise/Mimoyecques while 90 B-24's bomb similar tgt at Saint-Pol/Siracourt.


05/15/44

Ninth AF

45 A-20's and B-26's bomb A/Fs at Creil and Evreux/Fauville, and Somain M/Y. Over 300 others are forced to abandon missions because of thick clouds.


05/15/44

Twelfth AF

MBs and LBs again hit comm lines N and NW of the front while FBs in close spt of Allied ground assault through Gustav Line blast gun positions, motor transport, ammo supplies, bridges, rolling stock, and other military tgts in the battle area. The MBs and LBs also hit harbors and vessels along coasts at Piombino, Talamone, Portoferraio, and Ancona.


05/15/44

Fifteenth AF

Weather cancels all operations except ftr sweep over Toulon-Marseille area.


05/15/44

Tenth AF

20-plus A-31's hit gun positions W of Buthidaung and signal center to the SE. 19 B-25's pound T/Os along Tiddim road while 36 A-31's hit Moirang. 20-plus B-25's and FBs hit gun positions at Hopin and A/F at Myitkyina. 17 P-38's attack Heho and Kangaung A/F, claiming 15 aircraft destroyed, most of them in the air. 7 B-24's bomb Myitkyina, Kalewa, and Mandalay.


05/15/44

Fourteenth AF

B-25's strike Kengluang bridge and hit installations near Wan Pa-Hsa. P-40's strafe troops near Pingkai, along Mamien Pass, and in the Mengta area.


05/15/44

Fifth AF

Wewak-Hansa Bay area is again hit by A-20's, B-24's, and FBs. B-24's and B-25's attack numerous tgts in Wakde-Sawar-SarmiMaffin Bay areas and on Biak I. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's from the Admiralties bomb supply and bivouac areas on Mariaon and Tagaulap Is and AA guns on Woleai and Paliau Is.


05/15/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's and 40-plus P-40's, P-38's, and P-39's, along with TBF's and SBD's, pound area N of Muguai, and hit Maika area between Muguai and Ebery's Lease. 40-plus ftrs on sweeps over Bougainville and Shortland Is attack AA positions, trucks, and huts at several locations including Kieta, Cape Friendship, and Chabai areas. Allied ftr sweeps continue over Rabaul area; several T/Os, including a concentration of barges in Keravia Bay, are hit.


05/15/44

Seventh AF

Operations are limited to photo rcn of Jaluit from Kwajalein.


05/16/44

International

US, UK, USSR, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands sign agreement concerning the administration of countries as they are liberated.


05/16/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack railroad bridges and a tunnel in C Italy. LBs blast guns in Roccasecca while FBs and ftrs just behind enemy lines seek out motor transport tgts, crater roads, and hit bridges, harassing the already strained comm network, while US Fifth Army troops push rapidly W and NW and British Eighth Army forces push through last defenses of Gustav Line in effort to isolate Cassino, a joint effort by British 13 Corps and Polish 2 Corps.


05/16/44

Tenth AF

30-plus A-31's pound Kohima, Moirang, and S of Buthidaung. About 70 B-25's and FBs hit Myitkyina and Hopin areas. 11 B-24's hit Ywataung and Sagaing M/Ys and town of Akyab."


05/16/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-24's blast motor pool and warehouse areas at Mangshih.


05/16/44

Fifth AF

Fifth AF aircraft continue to pound a variety of tgts in Netherlands New Guinea and NE New Guinea. Tgts include A/Fs and supply areas on Noemfoor and Biak Is, AA guns, supplies, and occupied villages in Wakde I-Maffin-Sawar coastal area, and bridges, villages, troop concentrations, and AA positions.


05/16/44

Thirteenth AF

40-plus FBs hit Vunakanau area. Ftrs on sweeps hit barges at Jacquinot Bay and Mioko Harbour, vehicles at Kurakakaul, Mandres Bay, and Vunarima, and N of Vunakanau, a small vessel in Mandres Bay, and a sawmill at Keravat. FBs hit occupied areas at Tunuru, near Kieta, near Manetai Mission, and at Tinputs.


05/16/44

Seventh AF

Kwajalein-based B-24's pound Wake. B-25's from Makin hit Nauru and Ponape.


05/17/44

Twelfth AF

Operations continue in spt of Allied ground assault. B-26's bomb road bridges in immediate battle area with generally fair results. Roads are blocked in Frosinone. B-25's bomb landing ground at Viterbo while A-20's bomb cmd post near Valmontone and drop supplies to French troops on Monte Revole. FBs hit railroads, bridges, trucks, and gun positions behind and along battle front with good results, destroying or severely damaging 6 bridges, creating road blocks in towns of Vallecorsa and Pico, blasting gun emplacements at Cassino, and hitting numerous T/Os."


05/17/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 450 B-24's and B-17's bomb Piombino and San Stefano al Mare harbors and shipping in the areas, harbor area and nearby steel works in Portoferraio, causeway at Orbetello, M/Y at Ancona, and town of Bihac. P-38's strafe A/Fs at Ghedi, Villafranca di Verona, Modena, Forli, and Reggio Emilia while other ftrs fly over 130 sorties of escort duty.


05/17/44

Tenth AF

20-plus A-31's hit positions S of Buthidaung and S of Labawa. An equal number pound Bishenpur-Moirang area. 18 B-25's bomb Chauk oil installations while 20 P-38's hit Kangaung A/F. B-25's and FBs fly 90 sorties against Mogaung Valley tgts, hitting T/Os at Kazu and Namti and bridge at Kamaing, and supporting ground forces in Myitkyina area.


05/17/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's spt ground forces at Mamien Pass, hit Japanese positions at Tatangtzu, damage bridge and several trucks at Shweli, strafe troops at Luchiangpa, and bomb and strafe horse pack train near Tengchung. 7 B-25's and 13 P-40's pound Shayang barracks area and hit troops and vehicles NE of Shasi.


05/17/44

Fifth AF

Allied forces land without opposition near Arare after naval bombardment. Fifth AF B-24's and B-25's hit tgts in general vicinity at Sawar, Sarmi, and mouth of Orai R. More than 100 B-24's, with P-38 escort, pound AA positions on Bosnik, Sorido, and Mokmer, and supply areas and A/F on Noemfoor. 120 plus FBs, A-20's, B-25's, and B-24's continue to hit Wewak-Hansa Bay area.


05/17/44

Thirteenth AF

25 B-25's bomb A/F at Tobera while 43 P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's, in conjunction with 40-plus Navy dive bmrs, blast Vunakanau area. Ftrs on sweeps over the Bismarcks hit Nubai R bridge and strafe tgts on Gazelle Peninsula. 39 FBs hit numerous tgts in Bougainville area, including Muguai area, bridge N of Numa Numa, barges at Banin Harbor, and area around Ratsua.


05/17/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Kwajalein bomb Wake while Engebi-based B-25's hit Ponape.


05/18/44

Twelfth AF

MBs continue to hit rail bridges, bombing farther into the N of Italy and thus putting more pressure on the strained German comm system. LBs hit storage areas. FBs continue close spt to Allied ground forces, hitting town areas, roads, enemy positions, railroads, and numerous other tgts in battle area, including points in or around Pico, Pontecorvo, Fondi, Terracina, Ceccano, Pastena, San Giovanni Valdarno, Perugia, Terni, Spoleto, Sant' Elpidio a Mare, Pedaso, and N of Rome, as British Eighth Army completes reduction of Gustav Line in Liri R Valley with capture of Cassino, while US Fifth Army takes Formia.


05/18/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 450 B-17's and B-24's, most with ftr escort, attack M/Ys at Belgrade and Nish and oil refineries at Ploesti. Over 300 other HBs abandon missions because of bad weather. Ftrs strafe Nish and Scutari A/Fs.


05/18/44

Tenth AF

12 A-31's bomb Daletme while 36 hit tgts SW of Homalin, S of Bishenpur, and at Moirang. 140-plus FBs and 6 B-25's pound numerous tgts throughout Mogaung Valley, concentrating on bridges (at least 4 are knocked out) and spt of ground forces in areas around Myitkyina, Nanyaseik, Kamaing, Namkwin, Kazu, Lonkin, and Katkyo. 8 B-25's knock out Mu R bridge and damage Chaungu bridge approaches. 12 P-38's destroy several airplanes at Shwebo.


05/18/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound barracks and warehouse areas at Chienyangi, causing many fires. 30 P-40's spt ground forces in Salween area, hitting troops and positions at Tengchung, Tatangtzu, Mamien Pass, and Luchiangpa. 12 B-24's bomb towns of Lungling and Tengchung. 25 CACW and CAF P-40's attack trucks, armor, and troops at Chueh-shan and Loning, causing widespread destruction.


05/18/44

Fifth AF

More than 100 FBs, A-20's, B-25's, and B-24's pound T/Os in Wewak-Hansa Bay area throughout the day. B-24's hit T/Os on Halmahera I and bomb Bosnik. B-25's hit Larot and Saumlakki.


05/18/44

Thirteenth AF

10 P-39's hit barges off Porton. 40-plus P-38's and P-39's pound supply area N of Muguai.


05/18/44

Seventh AF

B-25's based at Makin bomb Taroa, rearm at Majuro, and attack same tgt during return flight to base."


05/18/44

Eleventh AF

Over the Kurils, a B-24 on weather rcn hits a Japanese aircraft and 2 B-25's sink an auxiliary vessel. Another is sunk shortly before midnight by 2 other B-25's.


05/19/44

Eighth AF

493 B-17's bomb Friedrichstrasse section of Berlin, and 49 bomb port facilities at Kiel. 273 B-24's hit industrial area at Brunswick. 8 other HBs attack T/Os and last resort tgts in Germany. Enemy resistance is heavy, and 28 HBs and 20 escort ftrs are lost. US bmrs and ftrs claim 164 aircraft destroyed."


05/19/44

Ninth AF

About 290 B-26's and A-20's bomb coastal defenses, port area, railway battery, and NOBALL tgts in France. More than 125 others fail to bomb because of extremely thick haze. About 300 P-47's divebomb tgts in France.


05/19/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit railroad bridges in NC Italy while LBs bomb ammo dump. FBs continue spt to Allied forces advancing rapidly N and W, blasting road network in battle area, and hitting motor transport, bridges, town areas, and T/Os, in areas around San Giovanni Valdarno, Pastena, Vallecorsa, Terracina, Fondi, Pistoia and elsewhere.


05/19/44

Fifteenth AF

HBs hit comm tgts, ports, and oil storage in NE, C, and NW Italy. Over 500 B-17's and B-24's hit railroad bridges at Latisana, Tagliamento, Casarsa della Delizia, and Rimini, M/Ys at Forli, Faenza, and Bologna, oil storage at Porto Marghera, port and M/Y at La Spezia, harbor at Leghorn, and harbor and rail installations at Genoa. Ftrs fly over 250 sorties in spt. These operations are notable for absence of ftr opposition.


05/19/44

Tenth AF

A-31's again hit various tgts in Arakan area. A-31's fly over 60 sorties against villages S of Bishenpur and gun positions at Kanglatongbi. A-36's, P-40's, P-51's and a few B-25's fly 140-plus attack sorties against various tgts in the Mogaung Valley, concentrating on gun positions in Myitkyina area. 8 B-25's damage railroad tracks in Myingatha-Saye area and 16 P-38's hit A/F at Nawnghkio.


05/19/44

Fourteenth AF

31 ftrs spt ground forces in Salween area at Chiangtso, Watien, and Mamien Pass. 4 P-40's knock out bridge at Shweli, 13 P-40's bomb and strafe Puchi area, and 16 P-40's and P-38's damage bridge at Tayeh and hit military installations and other buildings at Yangsin. 11 P-51's bomb village near Anking, causing large explosions and fires. 2 B-24's on sea sweep seriously damage 2 freighters S of Hong Kong. 16 CACW P-40's pound trucks, tanks, and troops in Ichang-TangyangLoyang area and attack river trafflc at Itu on the Yangtze R.


05/19/44

Fifth AF

B-24's, A-20's and P-38's hit A/Fs and shipping in Manokwari-Noemfoor I area. Other B-24's pound beach defenses at Bosnik on Biak I and hit area between Bosnik and Mokmer. 270-plus A-20's, P-47's, P-38's, and B-2B's continue to blast Wewak, knocking out radar and radio stations, and attack T/Os from Wewak to Hansa Bay area.


05/19/44

Thirteenth AF

More than 40 P-39's, P-38's, and P-40's hit Makada I. 16 B-25's bomb gun positions and supply area at Talili Bay. 20 AAF ftrs and a few Navy airplanes bomb huts and bridges at Monoitu, Porton, Toborei, Moisuru, and Tsimba.


05/19/44

Seventh AF

B-25's based at Engebi hit Ponape and B-25's from Makin hit Nauru.


05/19/44

Eleventh AF

A B-24 flies armed rcn over Shimushu and Ketoi Is.


05/20/44

Eighth AF

287 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs, aircraft works, and M/Ys at Orly, Villacoublay, Reims and Reims/Champagne. Large force of nearly 250 HBs scheduled to bomb at Liege and Brussels is forced to abort because of dense cloud cover over tgts.


05/20/44

Ninth AF

Around 450 MBs attack A/Fs, coastal defenses, and Vweapon site in France. About 250 aborts are caused mainly by bad cloud conditions and failure to rendezvous with ftrs. P-47's dive-bomb tgts in NW Europe.


05/20/44

Twelfth AF

Weather prevents operations by MBs and LBs. FBs continue to hit comm and gun positions in battle area. Areas in and around Vallecorsa and Terracina are hit especially hard. Ftrs maintain patrols and rcn, destroying or damaging numerous vehicles between Pisa and Pistoia.


05/20/44

Tenth AF

100-plus A-36's, P-40's, and P-51's pound gun positions, attack bridges, bomb troops, and hit numerous T/Os in areas around Myitkyina, Kamaing, Nanyaseik, and Nsopzup. 16 A-31's and 2 P-38's hit tgts in Arakan area, including signal center SE of Buthidaung, gun positions SE of Maungdaw, and jetty at Akyab. 24 A-31's bomb positions at Churachandpur. About 40 B-24's and P-51's hit oil installations at Yenangyaung and Chauk, A/F at Pakokku, and town of Akyab.


05/20/44

Fourteenth AF

13 B-24's attack convoy S of Hong Kong claiming 2 motor launches sunk and damaging several larger vessels. 3 HBs are lost at sea. 37 P-40's hit trucks, armored vehicles, river trafflc, and troops in or near Shasi, Ichang, Tangyang, Chingmen, Loyang, and Loning. On Salween front 43 ftrs and 8 MBs spt ground forces and damage bridge N of Tengchung over Shweli R.


05/20/44

Fifth AF

B-24's, A-20's, and B-25's hit airstrips, revetments, supply areas, AA positions, and shipping at Manokwari, Noemfoor and Biak Is, and Mawi Bay. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs continue to pound A/Fs, coastal villages, bridges, supply dumps, trucks, and various other tgts at Wewak and from Wewak to shore of Hansa Bay.


05/20/44

Thirteenth AF

22 B-25's, 44 P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's and 30-plus Navy and Marine aircraft pound AA positions, bivouacs, and supply areas from Muguai-Ebery's Lease area to Maika area. 24 other P-39's hit barges in Matchin Bay, AA guns at Sohano I, and bridges at Kieta. 3 B-24's bomb Tobera runway while 2 B-24's, with Navy ftr escort, attack barges and a launch NW of Rabaul.


05/20/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Engebi bomb Ponape."


05/21/44

Eighth AF

99 B-24's bomb V-weapon site at Siracourt while 25 B-17's strike similar installation at Marquise/Mimoyecques.


05/21/44

Ninth AF

50 B-26's bomb A/F at Abbeville/Drucat. Over 600 P-47's and P-51's attack railroad rolling stock in France.


05/21/44

Twelfth AF

In NC Italy, MBs are restricted by bad weather but bomb a few bridges and roads, while LBs hit a bivouac area. FBs continue spt of ground forces, hitting troops, vehicles, roads, and railroads in or near battle areas, particularly around Sezze, Ceccano, San Giovanni Valdarno, and Pontecorvo.


05/21/44

Tenth AF

A few A-31's continue attacks against gun positions in Arakan area. 120-plus P-40's, P-51's, A-36's, and B-25's hit Mogaung, Myitkyina, Talawgyi-Hokat area, and Kamaing. Gun positions around Myitkyina and Mogaung are also hit. 21 A-31's hit troop concentrations at Homalin and score hits on Manipur bridge. A single B-24 bombs NW part of Mandalay.


05/21/44

Fifth AF

B-24's, A-20's, and P-38's attack A/Fs, town areas, barges, personnel and supply areas, and fuel dumps at Manokwari, Urarom, along Moemi R, and on Noemfoor and Biak Is. FBs, A-20's, and B-25's continue almost constant pounding of supply dumps, camps, AA positions and a variety of tgts along coast from Wewak to Hansa Bay. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's bomb Truk.


05/21/44

Thirteenth AF

3 B-24's, 30-plus P-39's and P-40's, and over 40 Navy dive bmrs hit Vunakanau A/F and nearby plantation. 8 P-38's, followed shortly by Navy aircraft, bomb Lakunai A/F. More than 40 P-39's, P-38's, and P-40's fly sweeps over Bougainville. Bridges at Rigu Mission and Shishigatero are reported demolished.


05/21/44

Seventh AF

53 B-24's from Kwajalein bomb various tgts in Wotje Atoll. 41 B-25's, based on Makin, follow up with bombing, cannonading, and strafing attack on the atoll. 8 B-24's stage through Eniwetok, strike Rota, and rearm at Los Negros.


05/22/44

Eighth AF

Occupancy of all planned Eighth AF stations in Britain is completed with transfer of A/F at N Pickenham from RAF to the Eighth. Total stations number 77, including 66 A/Fs, occupied by 82 operational or HQ units. 269 B-17's bomb shipyards at Kiel and 23 others release bombs prematurely in Kiel area. 94 B-24's attack V-weapon site at Siracourt.


05/22/44

Ninth AF

Around 330 B-26's and A-20's bomb A/Fs and other tgts in Cherbourg, Calais, and Paris areas while a like number of P-47's and P-51's dive-bomb M/Ys, A/Fs and other tgts in same general areas.


05/22/44

Twelfth AF

332d Ftr Gp is assigned to Fifteenth AF. This move, following a series of reassignments of ftr gps to Fifteenth AF and to India, leaves XII FC with only 1 ftr gp. MBs are inactive or abortive except for a raid on Cave. FBs maintain close spt of the ground adv, hitting at motor transport, roads, and bridges in battle areas and nearby points in C Italy, including Terracina, Ceccano, Sezze, Bastia, points between Rome and Bracciano Lake, and near Balsorano.


05/22/44

Fifteenth AF

As weather again clears, 550-plus B-17's and B-24's concentrate on comm and military tgts in C and NW Italy, attacking P-49 Pescina, troop concentrations at Avezzano, port and oil depot at La Spezia, supply and ammo dumps at Marina di Carrara, port and harbor installations at Piombino, railroad and highway bridges in Pineto area, railroad from Ancona to Pescara and N of Pescara, and towns of Valmontone and Palestrina. Ftrs fly over 200 sorties in escort to HBs. There is no ftr opposition.


05/22/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's attack large concentration of sampans in Honghai Bay. 2 others heavily damage a 150-ft cargo vessel near Hong Kong. 22 P-51's pound town of Anking and military area NE of Nanchang. 24 P-40's hit Sienning area, bombing factory W of town, damaging bridge near town, and strafing numerous trucks in the vicinity. 23 P-40's hit road and river traffic in areas around Loyang, Loning, and Itu. 5 P-40's bomb Yangsin.


05/22/44

Fifth AF

B-24's and B-25's bomb Manokwari, shipping E of Cape Manggoear, and storage areas and Sorido village on Biak I. P-40's hit supply and fuel dumps, trucks, and other T/Os in area of Wakde Is. B-24's, B-25's, and FBs continue to bomb and strafe various tgts in Wewak-Hansa Bay area.


05/22/44

Thirteenth AF

40-plus P-39's, P-38's, and P-40's hit T/Os in coastal area near Talili Bay. 24 B-25's pound Mioko I. 40-plus P-39's bomb Bonis supply area and blast 4 small bridges near Kieta.


05/22/44

Seventh AF

8 B-25's based on Engebi bomb Ponape. Weather cancels other strikes.


05/22/44

Eleventh AF

2 Attu-based B-25's on a shipping strike near Paramushiru bomb and strafe a picket boat, which is left sinking.


05/23/44

Eighth AF

804 B-17's and B-24's bomb tgts at Hamburg, Saarbrucken, Metz, Epinal, Bayon, Chaumont, Etampes, Chateaudun, Caen/Carpiquet, Bourges, Avord, and Orleans/Bricy. Ftr opposition is very light; one bmr is downed by AA fire.


05/23/44

Ninth AF

In predawn mission 15 B-26's bomb A/F at Beaumont-leRoger. During afternoon 58 B-26's bomb coastal batteries at Etretat/ Sainte-Marie-Au-Bosc, Maisy, and Mont Fleury. Over 120 P-38's strafe and bomb rolling stock in C France.


05/23/44

Twelfth AF

MBs abort missions because of weather. LBs hit comm between Cisterna di Roma and Campoleone. FBs actively spt general offensive of Allied ground forces in Liri Valley and at Anzio where US and British forces break out of the beachhead. Ftrs on armed rcn join in the attacks and numerous enemy vehicles, gun positions, transport routes, and personnel are hit hard in areas in and around Terracina, Littoria, Norma, Marcigliana, Fara in Sabina, Borghetto, Arezzo, and Civita Castellena. M/Y on Empoli-Siena line is hit also.


05/23/44

Fifteenth AF

300-plus B-17's and B-24's concentrate attacks on troop concentrations and comm in rear of battle area, at Avezzano, Subiaco, Valmontone, Marino, Nemi and Grottaferrata. P-38's and P-51's provide escort. Other P-38's, covered by P-47's, strafe A /F at Ferrara.


05/23/44

Tenth AF

Tenth AF"

"12 P-38's bomb Tiddim road and 32 A-31's bomb Kohima, Tiddim, and Kalewa. 12 B-24's bomb Indaw M/Y and Homalin. 16 P-38's attack Kangaung A/F. 23 P-40's and 4 A-36's bomb gun positions, troops, and supply dumps in Myitkyina area.


05/23/44

Fifth AF

B-24's hit Manokwari while B-24's, A-20's, and P-38's hit tgts at Biak I, including trucks at Borokoe, AA positions and control tower at Mokmer A/F, village of Sorido, and offshore tgts at Bransfari. P-40's hit troops on Wakde and on Biri R. P-38's spt ground forces in Aitape area. A-20's, P-39's, B-24's, and B-25's maintain bombing and strafing of Wewak-Hansa Bay area.


05/23/44

Thirteenth AF

2 B-24's bomb Tobera, while 32 B-25's and 40-plus P-39's, P-38's, and P-40's attack gun positions near Rabaul, near Lakunai, and in vicinity of Tunnel Hill Road. In Bougainville area 51 P-39's and 8 P-40's attack huts, barges, bridges, and other T/Os at several locations.


05/23/44

Seventh AF

Makin-based B-25's strike Jaluit. B-24's returning from Los Negros, where they landed after raid on Rota on 21 May, bomb Ponape.


05/24/44

Eighth AF

400 B-24's attack A/Fs at Orly, Melun, Creil, and Poix. 447 B-17's bomb Berlin while 72 attack T/Os in the area. Enemy opposition is heavy and 33 HBs are lost.


05/24/44

Ninth AF

More than 450 MBs attack A/Fs, coastal defenses, and Vweapon sites in France. P-38's and P-47's dive-bomb 4 landing fields in France.


05/24/44

Twelfth AF

MBs, LBs, and Fbs fly numerous sorties in spt of rapidly advancing ground forces and in attacks against rail lines, bridges, and roads in NC Italy. MBs hit at least 5 bridges, create several road blocks and cause havoc in comm to N of battle area. LBs blast bivouac area. FBs have great success in attacks on motor transports, mainly in battle area, and in conjunction with British airplanes destroy over 300 and damage as many more.


05/24/44

Fifteenth AF

620-plus B-17's and B-24's attack Avisio viaduct, Atzgersdorf aircraft components factory, town of Neunkirchen, A/Fs at Munchendorf, Graz, Wollersdorf, Bad Voslau and Zagreb, and Varazdin M/Y. Escorting ftrs fly over 250 sorties. Enemy ftr opposition is especially heavy against Bad Voslau force, downing 6 HBs.


05/24/44

Tenth AF

60-plus A-31's bomb enemy positions in Palel-Chassud area, hit village near Moirang, and attack truck park beside Tiddim road. 20-plus P-40's in Myitkyina vicinity destroy 3 barracks buildings and knock out a railway bridge and a machinegun post. A single B-24 bombs Gwa in Arakan area.


05/24/44

Fifth AF

A-20's hit A/Fs at Namber and Kamiri. More than 200 A-20's, P-38's, P-47's P-39's, and B-25's continue to blast T/Os in WewakHansa Bay area throughout the day.


05/24/44

Thirteenth AF

In Rabaul area 19 P-38's, P-40's, and 22 B-25's attack Hospital Point gun positions. 2 other B-25's hit town of Rabaul. Ftr patrols hit various T/Os in Rabaul area and S New Ireland. 51 P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's, and a single B-24, attack various Buka-Bougainville tgts including Buka A/F, E Bougainville coastal bridges, and Cape Lalahan radar station.


05/24/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Makin pound Wotje and Jaluit, using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming between the strikes. B-25's based at Engebi hit Ponape.


05/24/44

Eleventh AF

2 bmrs fly weather and photo rcn over Shimushu and bomb Matsuwa area.


05/25/44

Eighth AF

859 B-17's and B-24's operating in 4 forces bomb M/Ys at Mulhouse, Troyes, Tonnerre, Belfort, Sarreguemines, Thionville, Metz, Blainville-sur-l'Eau, Liege, Brussels, Alost, and Charleroi; A/Fs at Esseyles-Nancy and Bretigny-sur-Orge; and coastal batteries at Fecamp and Saint-Valery-en-Caux. 2 HBs are downed by AA fire and 2 are lost to unknown causes.


05/25/44

Ninth AF

Over 225 MBs attack bridges near Liege and A/Fs at Lille/ Nord and Monchy-Breton. About 250 P-47's dive-bomb various tgts in NW Europe.


05/25/44

Twe1fth AF

Twelfth AF has most active day to date against enemy forces in Italy. Some MBs continue to pound bridges in NC Italy, damaging several bridges and viaducts, while others join FBs and LBs in close spt of ground troops in battle area and behind enemy lines. Motor transport N and S of Rome and N of Anzio is hit hard by the air attacks. US Fifth Army achieves a solid front with junction of VI Corps (Anzio force) and II Corps (advancing along W coast) during the morning near Borgo Grappa.


05/25/44

Fifteenth AF

340-plus B-17's and B-24's attack M/Y's at Lyon, Carnoules, Amberieu-en-Buguey, and Givors, while another 250-plus Hbs hit Porto Marghera oil stores, Monfalcone harbor and shipping, and Piacenza A/F and dispersal area. P-38's and P-51's fly more than 200 sorties in spt.


05/25/44

SE Europe

German paratroops attack Marshal Tito's HQ in Bosnia, but Tito and Maj Randolph Churchill escape to the mountains.


05/25/44

Tenth AF

28 P-38's sweep over Mandalay area. 12 of them hit about 10 railroad cars near Shwebo, leaving them burning. In the Chindwin area 20 A-31's attack a bivouac and score hits on Manipur R bridge at Tonzang. B-24's hit tgts in Katha area, 6 of them bombing Indaw and 4 bombing Naba rail junction area.


05/25/44

Fifth AF

B-24's attack shipping at Halmahera and hit Mokmer and tgts in Wakde area. 90-plus FBs, A-20's, B-25's, and B-24's pound numerous tgts in Wewak area.


05/25/44

Thirteenth AF

3 B-24's bomb Rabaul, Lakunai, and Rapopo. 8 P-38's hit Vulcan Crater barge hideout. 12 B-25's, clouded out of Vunakanau, hit Talili Bay supply area. 15 B-25's, 32 P-39's, and P-40's, and 25 Navy dive bmrs hit supply areas at Porton. 4 other P-40's hit trucks at Monoitu Mission. 16 P-39's attack several T/Os, including Cape Lalahan radar station.


05/25/44

Seventh AF

B-25's flying out of Engebi bomb Ponape.


05/25/44

Eleventh AF

1 Shemya-based B-24 flies rcn and bombing mission in the C Kurils. Another B-24 aborts due to equipment failure.


05/26/44

Eighth AF

Eighth AF reaches its peak strength in number of ftr gps when 479th Ftr Gp (P-38) becomes operational. (By end of year all ftr gps except one will be converted to P-51's)."


05/26/44

Ninth AF

Nearly 400 B-26's and A-20's attack A/Fs at Beaumont-surOise and Chartres and bridges at Vernon and Poissy. 108 P-47 and P-51 FBs hit bridge at Oissel and A/Fs at Creil, Cormeilles-en-Vexin and Evreux/Fauville. P-47's and P-38's dive-bomb tgts in NW Europe.


05/26/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit railway tgts in Florence area and bomb roads in battle area with good results. LBs hit Frascati. Other MBs join FBs in assault against motor transport achieving wide-spread enemy vehicle destruction, especially on the RomeBracciano road over which enemy is pouring reinforcements S toward battle area.


05/26/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 700 B-17's and B-24's attack M/Ys at SaintEtienne, Lyon, Nice, Chambery, and Grenoble. HBs also hit Var R bridge and troop concentrations at Bihac. Ftrs escort the HBs and strafe and dive-bomb A/F at Donji Zemunik.


05/26/44

Fourteenth AF

23 P-40's sink several supply boats on Yangtze R near Shihshow, strafe troops at Shasi, hit road traffic near Loyang, and strafe pontoon bridges, supply dumps, and troops at Shanhsien. 7 P-40's bomb town of Hsing-tzu. 2 B-25's damage a small tanker N of Swatow.


05/26/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Biak I while B-25's hit Wakde I and nearby coastal areas. Other B-25's bomb a variety of tgts in Aroe Is. 100-plus A-20's, B-25's and FBs continue to blast coastal region around Wewak. Villages and gun positions on Hansa Bay are also hit.


05/26/44

Thirteenth AF

24 P-39's and P-40's hit Rabaul area while 12 B-25's bomb supply areas at Talili Bay. More than 40 P-39's and P-40's hit barges NW of Ballale I, supply areas and other tgts at Porton, and piers at Ratsua and Soraken.


05/26/44

Seventh AF

46 B-25's, flying out of Makin, attack Emidj. 9 B-25's from Engebi fly successful search mission for a downed B-25 crew in the vicinity of Ponape and Pakin Is. After locating the survivors, later picked up by Navy destroyer, the MBs attack Pakin and Ponape with cannon and machinegun fire.


05/26/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's off on an armed photo mission over Shimushu turn back due to mechanical troubles.


05/27/44

Eighth AF

923 B-17's and B-24's bomb M/Ys, aircraft industries, and A/F at Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Konz-Karthaus, Neunkirchen, Saarbrucken, Lachen/Speyerdorf, Strasbourg, and Woippy. Coastal batteries at Fecamp and Saint-Valeryen-Caux also are bombed. Opposition is heavy and 24 HBs are lost on mission.


05/27/44

Ninth AF

About 690 MBs attack railroad, bridges, and M/Ys in France. P-47's bomb tgts in NW Europe.


05/27/44

Twelfth AF

MBs concentrate efforts against lines of comm in Orvieto area. A-20's bomb storage area. FBs pound a much reduced flow of motor transport behind enemy lines and hit railroads, gun positions, bridges, and T/Os in and behind battle area, hitting tgts at Subiaco, Sora, Tivoli, Frosinone, Capena, and Orvieto, W of Bracciano Lake, between Sulmona and San Benedetto de Marsi, and at several other points.


05/27/44

fifteenth AF

Almost 700 B-17's and B-24's, with P-38 and P-51 escorts, bomb M/Ys at Avignon, Montpellier-Frejorgues, Nimes, MarseillesBlancarde, and Marseille-SaintCharles, A/F at Salon-de-Provence, and port of Razanac.


05/27/44

Tenth AF

15 B-24's bomb Pakokku and Nyaung-u."


05/27/44

Fourteenth AF

24 rocket-firing P-40's hit barracks area W of Sinyang, militay installations and trucks at Nanchang, and troops, trucks, barracks, and warehouse area in Puchi vicinity.


05/27/44

Fifth AF

Babo A/F and Biak I are pounded by 170-plus B-24's and B-25's. After the aerial and naval bombardment, Allied amphibious forces land on Biak in the Bosnik area, secure beachhead, and gain control of trail over ridges to inland plateau to the N. About 170 A-20's, P-38's, P-40's, and B-25's blast Wewak area.


05/27/44

Thirteenth AF

About 200 AAF, Marine, and Navy aircraft (ftrs, dive bmrs, and B-25's) are sent against gun positions on Hospital Pt. 160plus aircraft bomb the tgts with more than 90 tons of explosives, destroying or damaging several of the guns. Other ftrs hit T/Os in Rabaul area and a barge off SW New Ireland. 4 B-24's bomb Tobera. AAF ftrs attack beached barges in Chabai area and in Buka Passage, Aku and Nova Plantation, and bridge over Oamai R.


05/27/44

Seventh AF

24 B-24's from Kwajalein and 52 B-25's from Engebi pound Ponape.


05/27/44

Eleventh AF

2 bmrs fly weather and armed photo rcn and bomb Ushishiru I.


05/28/44

Eighth AF

Almost 900 HBs attack aircraft works, synthetic oil plants, military vehicle plants and repair depots at Ruhland, Dessau, Cologne, Merseburg, Zeitz, Konigsberg, Lutzkendorf, Magdeburg, and nearly 30 different T/Os. An estimated 450 ftrs oppose the mission with about 350 concentrating in Magdeburg area. 32 US bmrs are lost.


05/28/44

Ninth AF

Over 600 B-26's and A-20's bomb M/Ys, naval yards, railway bridges, and V-weapon sites in France and Belgium. 8 aircraft are lost. P-47's dive-bomb several tgts in same general area.


05/28/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit bridges, viaducts, and railroad lines at several locations in C Italy, including Narni, Cortona, Terni, Ladispoli, Torrita di Siena, Magnano, Recco, Arezzo, Rapallo, Vado, Bucine, and Castiglion Fiorentino. LBs hit ammo dump while FBs continue close spt to advancing ground forces, encountering considerably less enemy motor transport behind lines because of the heavy attrition of recent days. Many roads, railroads, and bridges are hit as well as numerous other tgts along the battlefront which now stretches from W coast SW of Carroceto to the NE almost to Valmontone, then SW to just above Sezze, and from there rambles E to NE to E coast below Pescara.


05/28/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 100 B-24's bomb Genoa harbor and Vercelli M/Y. P-38's fly ftr sweeps against A/Fs in Kurilovec area and vehicles, comm lines, and T/Os in Knin-Bihac-Banjaluka area.


05/28/44

Tenth AF

10 B-24's pound Kalemyo while 3 B-25's hit Tiddim road. 50-plus FBs and a few B-25's hit various tgts at or near Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin, and Sahmaw. 76 FBs and 24 B-25's bomb M/Ys at Namma and Katha, hit several tgts in Mohnyin-Hopin area, and bomb railroad between Naba and Namma.


05/28/44

Fourteenth AF

14 P-40's in spt of ground forces in Salween area strafe oil storage at Hsiangta, bomb and strafe Watien area, and destroy 1 bridge and damage another on Shweli R N of Tengchung. 2 B-25's sink a patrol boat and damage another near Saint John I.


05/28/44

Fifth AF

In spt of ground forces on Biak I, B-24's and B-25's hit villages, supply areas, troop concentrations, and gun positions on Biak, Noemfoor, and Japen Is. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs blast troop concentrations, AA positions, and supply dumps in Wewak area. A-20's supporting ground forces in heavy fighting in Sarmi area, hit positions with minimum-level strikes. B-24's bomb Boela. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's bomb A/F on Woleai.


05/28/44

Thirteenth AF

3 B-24's, followed by 23 B-25's and 12 P-38's, blast A/F at Lakunai. 33 P-39's and P-40's join 40-plus dive bmrs in strike on Tobera airstrip. 5 MBs hit Namatanai supply and personnel area. FBs hit Tsun-dawan supply area, huts and buildings at Gohi, Nova, and Monoitu, suspected barge hideout near Tonolai, and AA guns at Ballale I.


05/28/44

Seventh AF

29 B-25's stage from Eniwetok, bomb Jaluit, and land at Makin. B-24's from Eniwetok bomb Saipan and Guam. Those bombing Guam turn S to Los Negros to rearm while the others return to Eniwetok. B-25's flying from Engebi bomb Mille. HBs escort Navy photo planes over the Marianas.


05/28/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly rcn and drop bombs on Shimushu and Matsuwa. 1 B-25 and P-38's fly guardship coverage mission, 2 other B-25's fly a negative anti-shipping sweep.


05/29/44

Eighth AF

881 HBs attack synthetic oil plant at Politz, A/Fs at Hohn and Schneidemuhl, A/F and aircraft assembly plant at Tutow, and aircraft factories and assembly plants at Leipzig, Cottbus, Sorau, Krzesiny, and Poznan. 34 HBs are lost on misslon.


05/29/44

Ninth AF

Over 450 B-26's and A-20's bomb A/F, M/Ys, railroad bridges, coastal battery, and NOBALL tgts in France and Belgium. Over 200 P-47's bomb tgts in same area.


05/29/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb rail bridges near Bucine and at Poggibonsi and Lisciano. B-26's hit viaducts at Terni and near Stifone, railroad junction and M/Y at Terentola, Castiglion Fiorentino bridge, the Voltri shipyards, and a bridge nearby. A-20's hit troops in bivouac and bomb supply dump. FBs continue to blast motor transport between battlelines and Rome. Transports evacuate over 400 wounded from Anzio area.


05/29/44

Fifteenth AF

829 B-17's and B-24's (largest number of Fifteenth AF HBs completing attacks in a single day up to this time) bomb A/Fs and aircraft factories at Wollersdorf, Wiener-Neustadt, and Atzgersdorf, and attack A/Fs, troops, and supply concentrations at Zegar, Zavalje, Prijedor, Bosanski Novi, Knin, Banjaluka, Drvar, Livno, and Basanska Krupa. P-38's and P-51's escort the Austrian missions while P-38's accompany the HBs to Yugoslav tgts and afterwards strafe numerous T/Os. Ftr opposition over Yugoslavia is negligible but around 150 ftrs attempt interception over Austria, principally in Wiener-Neustadt area. 23 US aircraft are lost. HBs and ftrs claim over 60 ftrs shot down.


05/29/44

Tenth AF

27 B-25's and 40-plus FBs pound troops and positions at Bhamo and Mohnyin, railroad at Mogaung, and warehouses at Sahmaw.


05/29/44

Fourteenth AF

7 B-24's pound areas along Burma Road, 3 bomb town of Wanling, and 2 attack convoy of Hainan, claiming a 250-ft freighter sunk. 26 P-40's and P-38's attack troops at Lushan, pound barracks and demolish 7 trucks at Yuanchu, bomb and strafe general area at Nanchang, and destroy several buildings along Hsiang R N of Changsha.


05/29/44

Fifth AF

B-24's pound gun positions, defense areas, and troops, as first tank battle of SWPA is fought W of Parai on Biak I. Other B-24's pound A/Fs on nearby mainland at Timoeka and Babo. A-20's, B-25's, and P-47's, along with RAAF airplanes and a few HBs from the Biak strike, saturating Wewak area with continuous air strikes. In WakdeSarmi battle zone, B-25's and P-40's hit forces in Mount Saskin area. B-24's of Thirteenth Air TF bomb Woleai and other nearby islands in the Carolines.


05/29/44

SOPAC

Gen Moore, USMC, takes over as COMAIRSOLS.


05/29/44

Thirteenth AF

Almost 100 B-25's, P-38's, P-39's, and a variety of Navy airplanes pound the Rabaul area, with AAF aircraft concentrating on Nordup supply area and the others concentrating on Hospital Pt AA positions. 24 P-39's and 16 P-40's blast occupied areas W of Tinputs Harbor and at Arigua Plantation."


05/29/44

Seventh AF

Operations are restricted to photo missions over Wotje, Mille, and Jaluit.


05/29/44

Eleventh AF

At dawn 2 B-25's photograph and bomb Shimushu and Matsuwa (secondary). During early afternoon 2 B-25's escorted by 4 P-38's strafe, bomb and sink a patrol boat in the Kurils. Later 4 other B-25's unsuccessfully attack 2 vessels off Shimushu.


05/30/44

UK

Loading of assault forces for OVERLORD begins.


05/30/44

Eighth AF

911 HBs operating in 6 forces attack aircraft factories, A/Fs, and depots at Dessau, Oschersleben, Halberstadt, Rotenburg, Zwischenahn, Oldenburg, Diepholz, and Handorf; M/Ys at Brussels, Troyes, and Reims; V-weapon sites at Watten and Siracourt; and various T/Os.


05/30/44

Ninth AF

Over 320 MBs attack A/Fs at Denain/Prouvy and Mantes/ Limay, and highway bridges at Meulan and Rouen. Nearly 400 P-47's dive-bomb tgts in NW Europe.


05/30/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's and B-25's destroy or damage 10 bridges, bridge approaches, and viaducts which affect supply routes to battlefronts across C Italy. LBs and FBs blast motor transports and gun positions in battle area and hit tgts in and around towns in the area, including Guidonia, Ariccia, Alatri, and Veroli. Transport airplanes evacuate wounded from Nettuno.


05/30/44

Fifteenth AF

Nearly 500 B-17's and B-24's attack A/F and aircraft factory at Wels, factories at Pottendorf, Neudorfl, and Neunkirchen and M/Y at Zagreb. P-38's and P-51's provide escort. Many of the ftrs strafe T/Os in areas around Zut, Brod, Susak, Bihac, Medak, and along Karlovac-Livno road.


05/30/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's attack railroad between Namma and Hopin. B-25's and FBs fly 100 sorties against railroad tgts, hitting tracks, rolling stock, stations, and bridges in vicinities of Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin, and Loilaw. Imphal-Tiddim road is bombed by 3 B-24's.


05/30/44

Fourteenth AF

48 ftrs spt ground forces in Mamien Pass-WatienChiangtso area. 31 supply airplanes drop food and ammo to friendly forces in Mamien Pass area. 13 B-25's damage Wan Pa-Hsa bridge and bomb town of Lungling, destroying 6 warehouses and starting several big fires. 8 P-51's hit railroad T/Os on sweeps from Peking, Chengting, Pingting, Linfen, and Puchou. 16 P-38's and P-51's dive-bomb installations at W end of Nanchang bridge, causing much damage. 5 B-25's and 12 P-40's strafe troops, supplies, and occupied strongpoints at Loyang and at several locations along Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. Japanese air strikes on Hengyang and Liangshan A/Fs destroy 4 US airplanes, damage several others, and blow up a fuel dump.


05/30/44

Fifth AF

B-25's hit enemy positions as fighting on Biak I slacks temporarily. Other B-25's bomb A/F and nearby AA guns and fuel at Timoeka. B-24's and A-20's hit Japen I. In Wakde-Sarmi battle area, B-25's bomb and strafe shoreline from NW of Sawar to Sarmi Pt. Wewak area is again blasted by 70-plus A-20's, B-24's, and B-25's, along with RAAF aircraft. Thirteenth Air TF B-24's hit Truk Atoll, Woleai, and Puluwat group.


05/30/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-26's bomb personnel areas NE of Tobera. 40-plus P-38's, P-40's, and P-39's bomb supply dump near Ratawul. 33 P-39's and 8 P-40's demolish bridges at Kirinani and over the Siaibai R. Log ramp over Miwo R is damaged and road between Puriata R and Kiaraba is hit. The FBs also attack Buka runway, Chabai barge anchorage, and Soraken supply area.


05/30/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Engebi bomb Ponape, which is also hit by B-24's returning from shuttle base at Los Negros. 2 forces of B-24's from Kwajalein strike Truk and Wake.


05/30/44

Eleventh AF

1 B-25 and 2 P-38's fly guardship cover.


05/31/44

Eighth AF

371 HBs attack M/Ys at Schwerte, Hamm, Osnabruck, Geseke, and Roosendaal; A/Fs at Luxeuil-les-Bains, Gilze-Rijen, and Florennes; and 5 bridges in France. The mission against the bridges, using radio-controlled bombs, is unsuccessful. 6 combat wgs sent to bomb A/Fs, M/Ys, and factories in France are recalled because of bad weather. 79 P-47's using dive bombing and 'Droopsnoot' (ftr equipped with bombsight) tactics attack Gutersloh A/F. 35 P-38's, unable to locate primary tgt of Lingen A/F, bomb A/F NE of Rheine, believed to be Hopsten.


05/31/44

Ninth AF

About 200 B-26's bomb lock and highway bridges at Bennecourt, Courcelles-sur-Seine, and Rouen.


05/31/44

Twelfth AF

MBs of 43d and 57th Bomb Wgs give close spt to ground forces in fierce fighting S of Rome, hitting numerous troop concentrations, roads and town areas, including points in or near Albano Laziale, Genzano di Roma, Ariccia, Frascati, Civitella Roveta, Subiaco, Cave, Nettuno, and Grottaferrata. XII TAC A-20's and FBs blast tgts in same general area, hitting troops bridges, supplies, guns, and vehicles at or near Rocca di Papa, Ariccia, Marino, Frascati, Grottaferrata, Lanuvio, Montalto di Castro, and Manciano. C-47's evacuate casualties from Anzio.


05/31/44

Fifteenth AF

480-plus B-17's and B-24's bomb oil refineries and comm tgts in Ploesti area. Ftrs fly over 200 sorties in spt. 15 HBs are lost to flak and ftrs. Over 40 enemy airplanes are shot down.


05/31/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's hit Tiddim road while 36 A-31's hit supply dumps, villages, and gun positions in the Ukhrul-Moirang area. 130-plus B-25's, A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's hit troops, defensive positions, arty emplacements, boats, railroad facilities, and villages in Myitkyina-Mogaung area, buildings at Tahona, river boats at Lonkin and Kamaing, docks at Bhamo, railroad cars at Namti, and positions NW of Mohnyin. 21 other B-25's and FBs pound the Bhamo town area and A/F. 10 B-24's bomb Ye-u, demolishing several buildings.


05/31/44

Fourteenth AF

51 P-51's and P-40's pound shipping along the Yangtze, claiming direct hits on 5 small ships. 16 P-51's and P-40's bomb Kweiyi and Yoyang and installations on river to the S. 10 P-38's bomb bridge and warehouse area at Nanchang. 12 P-40's bomb Pingkiang. 4 B-25's bomb Hankow A/F, Pailochi, and motor convoy at Yoyang. 6 other B-25's knock out bridge at Kengluang. 13 B-24's pound town of Lungling, causing big fires, while 14 B-24's, supported by P-40's blast warehouse area at Lashio. 4 P-40's destroy several aircraft during strafing runs on Linfen and Hohsien A/Fs."


05/31/44

Fifth AF

B-25's and A-20's hit Babo area, bomb A/F near Ransiki R, cover beachhead on Biak I, and attack fishing boats on shore of Japen I. P-47's and B-25's pound villages, barges, and gun positions in WakdeSarmi battle area. B-24's, P-39's, and RAAF airplanes continue to hit Wewak and Hansa Bay areas.


05/31/44

Thirteenth AF

12 P-38's bomb Vulcan Crater barge hideout. 22 P3P-39'sand 12 P-40's blast supply dumps near Ratawul. 33 B-25's pound Rabaul truck concentrations, wharf area, and NE section of town. 5 B-25's bomb T/Os along NW New Ireland coast. P-39's bomb several tgts, including Soraken, Arigua, and several barges and vehicles.


05/31/44

Eleventh AF

During the morning 2 B-25's and 4 P-38's fly guardship cover. A bmr flies a weather mission while another reconnoiters and hits Buroton Bay.


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