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13th October 1944

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Ninth Air Force. 9th Bomber Division hits bridges at Saarlouis, Roermond, Venlo, Euskirchen, and Mayen, plus several targets. Escorting fighters also fly armed reconnaissance over areas of Metz and extensively over West Germany, attacking railroads and other targets, and support United States First, Third, and Seventh Armies.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels all medium bombers operations except for attacks on 4 targets bridges and supply dumps in the battle area South of Bologna. Fighter-bombers support United States Fifth Army operations more successfully in the area, hitting gun emplacements, troop concentrations, supply dumps, bridges, and vehicles.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters escorted heavy bombers bomb oil refineries at Blechhammer and Vienna, Floridsdorf, motor works, locomotive shops, and marshalling yard at Vienna, Graz, Banhida, Szekesfehervar, Papa, Hranice and Mezirici. Some of the escorting fighters strafe railroads, roads, and airfields in areas of Balaton and Neusiedler Lakes, Vienna, and Prostejov. Other fighters strafe roads, railroads, and Danube River traffic in Vienna, Gyor, Budapest areas.

Tenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strike Okkyin, Yebyangale, and Theinlon, and hit troops in Myothit area. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Mohnyin area, 12 attack and considerably damage Wanling bridge and 4 hit targets in the area. Transports fly over 280 sorties hauling troops and supplies to China-Burma-India (CBI) terminals.

Fourteenth Air Force. 138 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on numerous armed reconnaissance missions throughout South China and into West Burma attack troop areas, river craft, town areas, bridges, trucks, and other targets. 71 of the fighter-bombers hit targets in Kweiping area while the others attack targets around Chuanhsien, Litou, Shepchung, Tengyun, Lungfukwan, Kingshan, Mangshih, and Chefang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Menado and surrounding area. P-38 Lightning fighters hit antiaircraft positions, enemy concentrations, and other targets in Northeast Celebes and Halmaheras. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers attack Boela oil installations and airfields at Amahai, Kairatoe, and Namlea.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Yap. From the Marshalls B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Truk. Gilberts based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kurabu airfield and bomb and strafe buildings on Tomari Cape, scoring hits on canneries, warehouses, and barracks. Later, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photograph and bomb targets at Kashiwabara.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Great Burstead, Brentwood.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Wakering, Southend.

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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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