ARMY AIR FORCE BATTERS REICH – FROM STARS AND STRIPES

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ARMY AIR FORCE BATTERS REICH – FROM STARS AND STRIPES

REICH BATTERED BY 2,700 PLANES

1,200 Heavies from U.K., Force From Italy Join In Smashing Blows

July 20, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Unloosing the sixth paralyzing American blow against the Reich in nine days, about 2,700 warplanes yesterday raided more than 12 key targets in southern Germany and boosted the toll taken on the decimated Luftwaffe in 48 hours to at least 144.

From Britain alone more than 1,200 Fortresses and Liberators, convoyed by nearly 750 pursuits, smashed at more than four plants feeding the enemy war machine, as well as rail yards and Luftwaffe stations.

In a simultaneous thrusts from Italy, up to 500 15th Air Force B17s and B24s, escorted by swarms of fighters, struck aircraft factories, airdromes and ordnance plants near Munich.



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B-24 Liberators fly through flak

As a smashing sequel to the previous day’s assault on which the Eighth Air Force shot down 21 interceptors, fighter pilots and bomber gunners yesterday destroyed 59 Nazi aircraft. Six were shot down by the heavies while Eighth P51s, P47s and P38s scored 53 kills—16 in the air and 36 on the ground.

Preliminary reports did not indicate how many had been destroyed by the Italian-based planes. On Tuesday, however, the 15th Air Force losses yesterday were 18 heavies and seven fighters.

Continuing the spectacular support of ground troops in France, which began Tuesday with a massive assault on German positions near Caen, the Ninth and Second Tactical Air Forces, although handicapped by clouds, attacked to smother enemy military movement to the front.

With Pathfinder Marauders, Havocs bombed a rail bridge at St. Hilaire du Harcourt, on a line leading to the Normandy battle area.

Among the Eighth Air Force targets were air armament factories in Augsburg, an Me109 component plant southwest of Augsburg, a chemical factory at Hollriegelskreuth, on the outskirts of Munich; ball-bearings plants at Schweinfurt; rail yards at Coblenz and Saarbrucken, and Luftwaffe stations at Lechfeld, Leipheim and Laupheim.

Meanwhile, revised figures on Tuesday’s Ninth Air Force fighter operations showed that 44 enemy aircraft were destroyed during the day—33 in the air and 11 on the ground. Twenty-six Ninth Air Force aircraft—five bombers, 19 fighters and two reconnaissance planes were lost.



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  • Bill Getz says:

    The period one month before and after D-Day, June 6, 1944, included a large number of missions in support of ground forces for my Group, the 491st, a B-24 unit. These were more “tactical” missions rather than “strategic” as described in the article. I suspect the article was more “propaganda” public relations related than factual. War is fought on many fronts. I flew missions during those nine days in the article but I would have to look at my log book to be certain how many and to where.

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