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14th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 1,100 heavy bombers bomb 7 marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, Kaiserslautern, and Cologne, city of Euskirchen, and targets in the Cologne area. 15 fighters groups give escort.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather grounds 9th Bomber Division. Fighters escort leaflet mission, fly sweeps and rail cutting operations, armed reconnaissance over East France and West Germany, and support United States Third Army.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all medium bombers operations. Over 100 fighters and fighter-bombers pound troop concentrations, gun positions, supplies, bridges, roads, and rail lines South of Bologna where hard fighting is taking place in Monterumici, Livergnano, and Gesso ridge areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. 317 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hampered by bad weather, bomb oil refineries at Blechhammer and Odertal, and several targets including marshalling yards at Bratislava, Nove Zamky, Komarom, Komarom and Nove Zamky railroad bridges, Borzavar industrial area, and Ugod military garrison. Escorting fighters strafe airfields, rail and road traffic and other targets in target areas. 52 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb slip railroad bridge and marshalling yard at Maribor. 54 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on strafing mission in Balaton Lake area attack airfields at Szekesfehervar and Seregelyes. 55 P-38 Lightning fighters escort Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft carrying airborne forces to Megara airfield.

Tenth Air Force. Transport aircraft fly more than 200 sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack troops, town areas, and river traffic around Samshui, Mangshih, Kweiping, Hsinganhsien, Konghow and Tajungchiang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again bomb oil refineries and associated industries in Balikpapan area. Others bomb Pombelaa mine. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers again hit Laha and Haroekoe airfields.

Twentieth Air Force. 103 Chengtu based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb aircraft plant at Okayama. 12 more hit last-resort targets and targets. This is first Twentieth Air Force mission during which over 100 very heavy bombers attack targets and the first of a series of missions against Formosa in conjunction with United States invasion of Leyte.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on sweep over Pagan bomb and strafe storage caves. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls bombs Wake during 14-15 October 1944.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe buildings at Otomae Bay.

Erwin Rommel commits suicide on 14 October 1944, rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Fairlop airfield.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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