From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Carrying out sharp attacks on four Luftwaffe bases and other targets over a wide area of France, American warplanes yesterday rounded out the heaviest month of air activity in history.

Eighth Air Force heavies, operating for the twenty-seventh day of the month, hit three airfields in northern France and one in Belgium. Escorted by P51s, the Fortresses and Liberators bombed by instruments through heavy cloud. The previous record for operational days in one month was 25, set in March and equaled in May.

In a thrust from the south, Italian based U.S. heavies hammered the Vienna region, German News Agency reported.

Marauders, Thunderbolts and Mustangs of the Ninth Air Force, at the cost of one P47, meanwhile made a series of savage assaults on railway and road junctions, railway tracks, a bridge and other targets scattered over France.

Spearheading the offensive, B26s pounded a road and rail junction halfway between the Normandy towns of Mezidon and Falaise. Soon afterward, P51 fighter-bombers hit a large warehouse at Arville, east of Le Mans; rail tracks at Villafrance and others east of Beaugency, as well as a large concrete bridge on the outskirts of Beaugency. In addition, the Mustangs strafed and damaged two locomotives, 15 box cars and gasoline storage tank near Blere eat of Tours.

P47 fighter-bombers reported direct hits on a railway track and a railway yard and the destruction of five Nazi machine-gun emplacements in the Orleans area from Vendome to Vierzonville, west of Bourges.

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A B26 Marauder of the 322nd Bomb Group over France

For Further Reading Check Out:

Battle Colors, Vol. 3: Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War II

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  • Bill Getz says:

    What wasn’t reported in the article is that B-24s hit the aircraft plant in Ascherleben in south central Germany, a seven hour mission. My group, the 491st, with 37 B-24s encountered our first German fighters. Four made a pass at my B-24. The group’s tight formation discouraged the fighters and they then left us alone and attacked the 492nd BG that lost twelve aircraft. They flew a loose formation. We destroyed the aircraft plant. It proved to us that our long training back in the States as a group paid-off in defense against enemy aircraft attacks.

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