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13th September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group, continuing United Kingdom-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-Italy-United Kingdom shuttle bombing mission, take off from USSR bases, bomb steel and armament works at Diosgyor and proceed to Fifteenth Air Force bases in Italy. 750 heavy bombers from United Kingdom bomb 3 synthetic oil plants, 2 aero engine factories, 3 marshalling yards, airfield, motor works, ordnance depot, fuel depot, and several cities and isolated targets in Central and South West Germany. 11 fighters groups escorting later strafe airfields and miscellaneous ground targets. 28 heavy bombers and 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers claim 33 aircraft destroyed in the air and 2 on the ground. A P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group sweeping South of Munich strafes aircraft dispersal area, airfield and a marshalling yard.

Ninth Air Force. XIX Tactical Air Command Headquarters accompanies United States Third Army Headquarters to Chalons-sur-Marne. B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly leaflet mission to coastal North France and Belgium. Fighters support ground forces in Brest and Nancy-Metz areas (air-ground coordination being especially effective between XIX Tactical Air Command and French 2d Armoured Division in defeating enemy move on Vittel), and fly armed reconnaissance over Cologne, Aachen, Koblenz, Linz, Rhine, and Wahn areas. XIX Tactical Air Command inaugurates rail cutting campaign. Transports fly numerous supply and evacuation missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy bridge at Peschiera del Garda, cutting the Milan Verona line. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb guns and defensive positions North of Florence. Fighter-bombers attack railroads, rolling stock, and bridges in North Italy, although heavy overcast hampers operations in North West.

Fifteenth Air Force. 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters-escorted B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Auschwitz oil and rubber works and Odertal and Blechhammer oil refineries, hit Cracow Auschwitz area and bomb marshalling yard at Vrutky. Over 100 other heavy bombers attack Avisio viaduct, Mezzocorona and Ora railroad bridges.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit targets at Mawhun and some of the fighter-bombers afterwards strafe targets on the Irrawaddy River from Katha to Shwegu. 8 others sweep the river between Bhamo and Katha. 12 more hit targets along road in Kutkai area. Large-scale transport operations in China-Burma-India (CBI) continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 3 cargo vessels sunk off Pescadores Islands.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit 4 airfields and bomb villages on Morotai Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Langgoer airfield while A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit 2 airfields in Efman Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers hit Babo antiaircraft positions and airfields at Manokwari and Ransiki.

Thirteenth Air Force. Thirteenth Air Force moves from Los Negros to Hollandia.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit buildings on Pagan with rockets and machine gun fire. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance, snooper, and training missions bomb Iwo Jima, Marcus, and Pagan.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Colne Point.

R247 R-boat
Launched 13 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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