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WWII 8th Air Force Report

WWII 8th Air Force Report

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1944.
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General,
Array
Air
Forces,
Washington
25,
D.C.(Through
Channels)*
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Operation
No.
j^U
Targets.
b.
(l)
Aircraft
Components
Factory,
Rahrael,
near
Gdynia,
Poland,
6
August,
1944*
(2)
Oil
Refinery
atTrzebinia,
Poland,
7
August,
1944.
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Buzau and
Zilistea,
Rumania,
$
August,
1944.
(4)
Toulouse
Airfield,
France,
12
August,
1944.
2.
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a.
At
a
conference on
2
August
held
at
USSTAF
Eastern
Command
Headquarters,
Russian
representatives
requested
assistance
against
G.A.F,
which,
units
based
on
the
Eastern
Front
were
hampering
movements
of
troops
and
supplies
by
attacks
on
lines
of
communications.
It
was
suggested
that
the
American
forcer-3
concentrate
their
efforts
against
enemy
airfields
located
immediately
south
of the
lasi-Akkerman
front
in
Rumania
and
also
oil
targets
in
Krakow
and
Upper
Silesia
(the
nature
of
the
latter
targetsnecessitated
use
of
heavy
bombers)
and
due
to
the
advances
it
was
consideredimperative
that
the
air
attacks
be
conducted
before
5
August,
While
this
date
was
indicated
as
a
deadline,
it
was
understood
that
progress
might
slacken
so
that
the
targets
in
upper
Silesia
would be
available
for
attack
•
over
a
longer
period.
b.
On
the
basis
of
these
requirements,
Headquarters
USSTAF
made
the
decision
to
operate
against
as
many
ofthe
targets
as
possible,
'
Cir
cumstances
permitted
only
one
operation
(the
Fifteenth
Air
Force
dis*
patched
/$
P-33's
and
36
P-^l
!
s
against
the
airfield
at
Foesani,
Rumania,
on
4
August)
before
the
indicated
deadline
bub
decision
was
made
todis
patch
as
many
missions
as
possible during
the
month
of
August
against
targets
in
support
of
the
Russian;*.
The
Eighth
and
Fifteenth
Air
Forces
were
to
beused
alternately.
The
Eighth
Air
Force
was
thereupon
instructed
to
conduct
its
second
heavy
bomber
mission
to
Russia
as
soon
after
5
August
as
weather
conditions
permitted
rather
than
12
August
as
originally
scheduled.
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Aircraft
Components
Factory
at
Rahmel,
near
Gdynia,
Poland.
2,
JMS3M»
a.
The
3rd
Bomb
Division
had
been
previously
designated
to
pro-
vide
the
necessary
forces
to
carry
out
such
shuttle
-bombing
operations
to
Russia
as
might
be
required.
The
tank
force
for
this
particular
mission
was
to
consist
of
tvo
B-17
Combat
Wings
(three
13-aircraft
Groups)
and
a
P-51
Group
(four
Squadrons),
the
latter
to
operate
as
fighter-bombers
when
notrequired
to
support
the
8~17
f
s,
The
task
force
commander,
3rd
Bomb
Division
Headquarters
and
Eighth
Air
Force
Headquarters,
participated
in
the

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