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13th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers dispatched against targets in Germany are recalled when weather grounds fighters escort.

Ninth Air Force. 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit supply dump at Schleiden, plus defended positions in several villages and marshalling yard at Euskirchen. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly night bombing missions, attack targets in Cologne area, and support XX Corps in Dillingen, Saarlautern bridgehead area, and XII Corps in Habkirchen, Bliesbruck area along Blies River.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again hampers operations. The only United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombing mission of the day aborts. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack mainly occupied areas and buildings in battle area South of Bologna, command throughout Central Po Valley, and coastal defend antiaircraft guns South of La Spezia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather restricts operations to reconnaissance and escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage and personnel area at Mongmit. 7 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage approach to Hay-ti road bridge while 4 support United States infantry forces near Tonkwa. Supply areas, personnel, Japanese held buildings, vehicles, and general targets are hit by 60 fighter-bombers at several places including Hosi, Longkin, Kyauktaing, Tigyaing, Kantha, Man-pwe, and Konnyaung. 260 transport sorties carry men and supplies to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers severely damage warehouse area at Hsenwi. 2 bomb town of Wuming. 24 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit town of Bac Ninh and rail yards at Phu Lang Thuong, and damage bridge at Chiengmai.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Carolina and Talisay airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb San Roque, Haroekoe, Amahai, Old Namlea, and Liang airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on small raids hit shore positions at Galela Bay, while covering attempted rescue of downed pilot by torpedo boat, and bomb Goeroea supply area. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on reconnaissance hit targets in Sulu Archipelago.

Twentieth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's from the Marianas bomb and considerably damage Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya as bombing accuracy is improved.

Seventh Air Force. With most of its personnel aboard the Sea Flasher and its equipment aboard the Cape Catoche, Seventh Air Force Headquarters arrives at Tanapag. Remainder of Headquarters arrives by air, 14-19 December 1944. 15 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan, on armed reconnaissance mission, bomb Marcus Island. During 13-14 December 1944, 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers make individual harassment raids against Iwo Jima from Saipan and Guam.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers weather abort a shipping search.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Warley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Foulness Point.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pitsea Marshes.

M605 Minesweeper
Launched 13 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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