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12th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Almost 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit marshalling yards at Darmstadt, Hanau, and Aschaffenburg, and synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, Leuna all primary targets and other targets including Friedberg marshalling yard, Gelnhausen, Nordhausen, Dieburg, and several targets. 15 fighters groups fly escort, 4 of them later strafing ground targets.

Ninth Air Force. 90 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers strike defended villages of Gemund, Harperscheid, Hellenthal, Schoneseiffen, Wollseiffen, and Schleiden, and towns of Dorsel, Mayen, and Wiesbaden. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance and strafing and bombing missions in West Germany and support United States 83d Infantry Division in Strass Gey area, cover VII Corps in Duren area, and support XII and XX Corps in Habkirchen and Bliesbruck areas (35th Infantry Division assault across Blies River) and Saarlautern Dillingen.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all except 11 weather reconnaissance sorties.

Fifteenth Air Force. 75 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Blechhammer South oil refinery, Moravska Ostrava, and several targets. Around 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb several storage areas North of Lashio. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridges at Namyao, Inailong, and Kunlong, and damage others at Hohko, Hinlong, and Kunlong. 40 fighter-bombers hit Japanese Headquarters, trucks, town areas, troop concentrations, and supplies at Sedo, Pale, Chaunggyi, Tada-u, Hsenwi, Shwebo, and Thabyetha. 263 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kutkai, damaging 3 warehouses and 2 other buildings. 50 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack many targets including town areas, road and rail traffic, and supplies at or near Wan Pa-Hsa, Chiengmai, Sinantien, Paoching, Hengyang, Changsha, Kweilin, Nan-Tan, Hochih, and Szeenhsien. Several fighter-bombers drop napalm on Yangtong airfield.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters cover, bomb Bacolod airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit San Roque airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kendari airfield. In Amboina Ceram Boeroe area B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit 3 airfields and attack barges. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit airfields on Efman Island.

Twentieth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Service groups of 313th Bomber Wing arrive on Tinian.

Seventh Air Force. 24 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Iwo Jima. Individual B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and Guam fly 5 snooper strikes against Iwo during 12-13 December 1944.

Eleventh Air Force. The weather aircraft aborts mission due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Southwark.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Burnham on Crouch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sidcup.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Creeksea.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Notting Hill.

Z35 Destroyer
Sunk 12 December 1944

Z36 Destroyer
Sunk 12 December 1944

Köln Light cruiser
Commissioned 12 December 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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