World Battlefronts: Prelude

The massive preparation for invasion thundered through its 16th straight day into a new month of fantastic statistics of destruction.

In April, U.S. and R.A.F. planes from Britain and Italy had dropped some 100,000 tons of explosives and incendiaries on enemy targets.

In one week at month's end, 24,500 Allied aircraft bombed, fought, strafed.

Air war had reached such a peak that the Berlin radio said: "The invasion air force is now actually in the fight." Berlin claimed that Allied prisoners, who had parachuted from crippled planes, included highly trained invasion airmen never sent on routine attacks until the week before.

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