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15th September 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force main Headquarters moves from Sunninghill Park to Chantilly. Bad weather prevents bomber operations. IX Tactical Air Command supports United States First Army troops and flies armed reconnaissance around Cologne and from Trier to Rhine River area. XIX Tactical Air Command supports United States Third Army and flies armed reconnaissance in Nancy Strasbourg area.

Twelfth Air Force. 87th Fighter Wing, 47th Bomber Group, 57th Fighter Group, 86th Fighter Group, and several other units are transferred from XII Tactical Air Command to XII Fighter Command. XII Tactical Air Command passes under operational control of Ninth Air Force. All medium bombers missions are cancelled or aborted due to weather. Fighter-bombers, though restricted by weather, carry out armed reconnaissance against enemy command and defensive positions in Milan, Genoa, Modena, Pistoia areas, as Allied forces (joined on this date by elements of Brazilian Expeditionary Force) attempt to penetrate enemy strongholds in the North Apennines.

Fifteenth Air Force. 276 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tatoi, Eleusis, and Kalamaki airfields and Salamis submarine base. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort, target cover, and sweep target areas. The attacks are aimed at hampering withdrawal of enemy forces from the area. 53 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly supply mission to South France. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers begin evacuating aircrews formerly imprisoned in Bulgaria from Cairo to Bari.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). Combat Cargo Task Force is formed as a command of Eastern Air Command (EAC). General Evans is Commanding General. Headquarters is temporarily located at Hastings AB and later moved to Comilla. The command is responsible to air deliver supplies to British Fourteenth Army and other organisations as required, a task it fulfils until its disbandment on 1 June 1945.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Kutkai, 16 sweep river from Bhamo to Katha and bomb Naba, Katha, and Mohnyin. Several other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep Burma Road from Lungling to Muse to Bhamo and strafe boat on river at Myothit. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Mawhun while 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit fuel storage and targets in Chefang area. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Liuchow.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb military storage area at Hengyang. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Chuanhsien and 5 pound ferry crossing and bus station at Lingling. More than 90 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack river shipping, numerous buildings, troops, and general targets from Northeast of Ichang to Liuchow Peninsula concentrating on Kiyang and Changsha areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Kaoe, Lolobata, and Hate Tabako. P-39 fighters bomb Manokwari airfield and town area.

West Pacific. United States forces land on Morotai and Peleliu.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan hit antiaircraft positions on Pagan with machine gun and rocket fire. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima. All other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers missions abort.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sunbury.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit All Hallows.

R76 R-boat
Sunk 15 September 1944

R29 R-boat
Sunk 15 September 1944

R200 R-boat
Sunk 15 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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