“I, personally, am convinced that without your air force...the invasion would not have succeeded...”
—Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe General of Fighters
By May 1944, the strategic bombing campaign had crippled the Luftwaffe’s fighter force, making the Normandy invasion possible. In the weeks before D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Eighth Air Force hit German troop concentrations, airfields, and transportation targets. After D-Day, Eighth Air Force bombers continued these attacks to support the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead.
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Eighth Air Force heavy bombers destroy a Loire River bridge on June 11, 1944, to prevent enemy troops from getting to the D-Day beachhead.
Evreaux Fauville airfield knocked out of commission after an Eighth Air Force heavy bomber attack on July 4, 1944. Repeated attacks against French airfields prevented the Luftwaffe from using them.
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