Diary June 22, 1944


Poltava raid

The only existing picture of the Poltava raid. A B-17 Flying Fortress in the light of German target marker bombs (‘christmas trees’).

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, June 22, 1944:

Air War

Eastern Europe – Poltava raid: Luftwaffe stages surprise night raid (60 planes) on 8th AF ‘shuttle bombing’ base in Ukraine. 44 B-17 Fortress destroyed; 26 men killed; 2,045,745 liters fuel burned. Shuttle raids subsequently abandoned.

Western Front

Normandy: Saturation bombing attack heralds major US infantry assault on Cherbourg.

Politics

Finland: Ribbentrop flies to Helsinki and brow-beats Finnish ministers into making public announcement that Finland will continue to support Germany (and not make a separate peace), in return for despatch of German troop reinforcements and arms.

Home Fronts

USA: GI ‘Bill of Rights’ promising generous benefits for returning US Servicemen, signed by Roosevelt.

Southeast Asia

Burma: Japanese siege off Imphal lifted.

Imphal-Kohima Losses
Casualties Planes
British and Indian 16,700 + 5,100 Chindits 130 RAF, 40 USAAF
Japanese 30,520 dead, 23,003 wounded + 120 tanks, c. 90 guns, 17,000 horses c. 100

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