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10th September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack aircraft, tank, motor transport and engine plants, airfields, and jet propulsion units plant in South Central Germany, along with Ulm and Heilbronn marshalling yards and several other secondary and targets. 12 groups of escorting fighters claim 6 aircraft destroyed in air and 73 on ground. 12 heavy bombers and 12 fighters are lost. 3 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups strafe airfields and ground and rail traffic in sweep over Cologne, Frankfurt Main, and Kassel areas, claiming destruction of 40 parked planes. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters are lost, mostly to flak.

Ninth Air Force. Advance Headquarters, Ninth Air Force, assigns rail lines approaching the Rhine from the West, North of Karlsruhe, to be attacked by IX and XIX Tactical Air Command in first of series of orders setting up rail interdiction programs to cut lines West and East of the Rhine in September 1944 and early October 1944. Changes and additions to targets appear on 12-14 September 1944 when a list of all lines to be cut is published. About 340 medium bombers and light bombers hit strong points and ammunition stores in Foret de Haye, Custines rail bridge, and road bridge over Mosel River. Escorting fighters provide general air cover in Metz Nancy area, and support United States Third Army ground forces in stemming counterattack there. 800 transports complete supply and evacuation missions. Southern invading forces and those of the Normandy invasion meet. City of Luxembourg is liberated.-

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers continue campaign against railroad bridges in Po Valley and execute 4 attacks against supply and ammunition dumps. Fighter-bombers of 87th Wing hit dumps and command as ground assault on Gothic Line commences during early morning. France based XII Tactical Air Command Mrs and fighter-bombers blast command in Belfort and Dijon areas, cutting railroads and hitting several trains.

Fifteenth Air Force. 344 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 5 ordnance depots and Southeast industrial area in Vienna and 2 oil refineries in the area. 88 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Trieste port. 45 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escorting, fly supply mission to Lyon.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Troop Carrier and cargo hauls continue on large scale to numerous points in China-Burma-India (CBI). 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul fuel to Kunming.

Fourteenth Air Force. 45 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb towns of Kutkai, Ssutang, Samshui, Tunganhsien, Lingling, and Tunghsiangchiao, and hit fuel dump near Lingling. About 140 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over East Burma, South West China, and inland Southeast China attack a huge number of targets including troops, aircraft, river shipping, trucks, runways, bridges, and supply areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airfields at Langoan and Mapanget and hit Tomohon and waterfront area of Menado. Lolobata and Hate Tabako airfields are bombed and areas along Wasile Bay strafed. Medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields and oil storage at Namlea, Amahai, and Boela while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Laha airfield. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighters hit airfields at Samate, Sagan, Nabire, Urarom, Manokwari, Moemi, and Ransiki.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit Iwo Jima and strike shipping near Iwo Jima. Eniwetok based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly shipping sweep off Suribachi.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Fambridge, near Southend

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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