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11th September 1944

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Events On This Day

Second Quebec conference opens. President Roosevelt and Mr Churchill discuss Pacific war plans and completion of European war.

Eighth Air Force. The Eighth begins another FRANTIC shuttle bombing mission, as 75 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers with 64 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack armament plant at Chemnitz, and land at USSR bases. 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber is lost. FRANTIC mission lasts until 17 September 1944 and takes the planes from United Kingdom to USSR to Italy to United Kingdom. Over 850 other heavy bombers, escorted by 14 fighters groups, bomb 6 synthetic oil plants, an ordnance depot, an engine works, a marshalling yard, a tire plant, and numerous other scattered targets, along with several German cities. An estimated 525 fighters attack the formations or are engaged by Eighth Air Force planes. 52 heavy bombers and 32 fighters are lost. Heavy bombers claim destruction of 17 fighters while the United States fighters claim 116 in the air and 42 on the ground.

Ninth Air Force. 358 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers, in support of United States Third Army, hit gun positions and strong points in Metz area. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance over Lissendorf and Duren areas, and support Third Army ground forces in Metz area. Armoured reconnaissance elements of this Army cross into Germany, the first Allied unit to do so. Fighters also support ground forces in Brest area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit defensive positions as United States Fifth Army elements push through North Italian mountain passes toward Gothic Line defences. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges at Vigevano and Canneto sull'Oglio and supply areas. Fighter-bombers and fighters attack roads, railroads, guns, supply areas, bridges, and other targets at Vernio, and in Alessandria, Turin, Piacenza, and Milan areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to supply mission by 54 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers to France.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit roads, towns, and general targets in Tengchung, Lungling, and Bhamo areas. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Kunming. Numerous other transport flights throughout China-Burma-India (CBI) continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast storage area at Manling. 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tunganhsien and Kiaotow and hit targets in Lingling area. 12 P-40 fighters blast trucks along Burma Road and around Lungling. 59 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit river shipping, railroad targets, troop concentrations, supply dumps, and other targets in Canton Tungting, Lake area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields at Galela and Miti. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kairatoe airfield and village and Boela airfield while P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields at Namlea and Amahai and oil tanks at Boela. A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kaoe airfield and scattered targets. A-20 Havoc light bombers strike Otawiri, Sagan, Nabire, and Urarom airfields while fighter-bombers hit airfields and antiaircraft guns at Manokwari and Ransiki.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima and hit shipping off Chici Jima. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Pagan with strafing attacks and rockets.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a shipping search sink a small craft off Shimushu. 2 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly search mission for B-25 Mitchell medium bombers (which force landed in USSR on 9 September 1944 but is still reported as missing).

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lullinstone, near Crockenhill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Magdalen Laver.

M462 Minesweeper
Sunk 11 September 1944

R80 R-boat
Sunk 11 September 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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