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15th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Almost 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 9 marshalling yards and gas unit plant in and around general area of Cologne, along with several other targets including oil facilities at Reisholz and Monheim. 3 fighters groups give general area support while 12 groups provide close escort. 2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups attack command in Hannover and Munster, Kassel areas.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents bomber operations. Fighters fly rail cutting missions and support elements of United States First, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Armies in East France and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges in West Po Valley. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridges in the East part of the Valley, and have excellent success bombing a railway fill at Ossenigo, trapping over 300 railway cars North of the target. Fighters and fighter-bombers concentrate efforts toward support of ground forces along wide front in the mountains South of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. Approximately 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack positions in Mohnyin area and at Man Naung, supply concentrations at Kyungyi, railroad targets in Mawhun area, ammunition stores at Manwing, and buildings near Muse. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Onbauk, storage facilities at Indaw, and vicinity of Thabeikkyin. Transport operations in China-Burma-India (CBI) continue on large scale.

Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 33 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and 18 P-40 fighters pound White Cloud airfield and shipping in Hong Kong area. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Amoy. 6 fighter-bombers hit targets near Mangshih and Tajungchiang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers again pound airfields and oil storage on Ceram. P-38 Lightning fighters carry out shipping sweep over Flores area and on Halmahera bomb Pitoe and Kaoe areas. P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Amahai airfield while bombers on armed reconnaissance hit nearby targets. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Sagan airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan strike fuel storage, antiaircraft positions, and installations at airfield on Iwo Jima. 1 other heavy bomber bombs airfield at Pagan. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls bomb Wake on 15-16 October 1944.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on armed reconnaissance over Paramushiru turn back when flight drifts off course. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strafes a freighter off Shimushiru.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rettenden near Chelmsford.

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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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