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15th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike Hannover marshalling yard, Kassel tank factories and marshalling yard, and 9 targets. 11 fighters groups fly escort.

Ninth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit defended positions, camp area, and oil storage at Heimbach, Wollseifen, Harperscheid, Schonau, Ruthen, and Dorsel. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, hit supply and ammunition dumps and other targets during bombing attacks and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 2d and 99th Infantry Divisions in area of Westwall fortifications, 78th Division at Kesternich, and 8th Infantry and 5th Armoured Division North of Kesternich. Fighters support XX and XII Corps in Dillingen, Saarlautern area and at Habkirchen and heights along Blies River.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, attack ammunition dumps at Cremona, Bologna, and Pavia, fuel dump at Castellar Guidobono, and severely damage railway bridges South of Asti and at Voghera. Fighters and fighter-bombers again hit targets in United States Fifth Army battle area South of Bologna and command in Central Po Valley and make numerous rail cuts throughout the area especially on the vital Brenner Line destroying many vehicles and train cars. Several bridges are hit, 3 being left impassable.

Fifteenth Air Force. 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack main marshalling yards, main station, and freight yard at Linz, marshalling yards at Amstetten, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Rosenheim all primary targets and targets including Klagenfurt and Waldhausen marshalling yard and town of Sankt Johann in Tirol. Schwaz marshalling yard is also hit due to malfunction of instruments . 250 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy Hsi-paw railroad bridge and a bypass bridge at Namhkai and damage other bridges at Namhkai. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters severely damage 2 bridges at Ho-hko. 7 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly close support strikes along Namh Kam Bhamo road. Japanese garrison at Bhamo escapes through Chinese lines early in the morning and later Chinese troops occupy the town. 13 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Lashio airfield. Town areas, troop concentrations, and supply areas are attacked at Panglong, Nanponpon, Panghkam, Kinu, Man Hpai, and Namhkam. Steady air movement of men and supplies to forward bases and front line areas continues.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast storage building at Kunlong. 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit and damage a bridge and a building South of Huizan. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters knock out bridge at Hawng Luk.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In major strikes of the day, fighter-bombers hit fuel dump at San Fernando; B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sasa and San Roque airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Puerto Princesa; and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields on Ceram and Amboina. Miscellaneous armed reconnaissance and light raids by fighters and bombers are flown against airfields on Boeroe Island and on Halmahera. Shipping and other targets are attacked at several points throughout Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Seventh Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb Iwo Jima. During 15-16 December 1944, a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper raid from Guam hits the island.

Zone of Interior. Continental Air Force is activated to coordinate the work of the 4 domestic Air Forces and I Troop Carrier Command but will not assume jurisdiction until 8 May 1945.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit River Crotch, Rayleigh.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit High Ongar.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mottingham, Sidcup.

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

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit.

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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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