Eighth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers supported by 3 fighters groups bomb Stuttgart marshalling
yard, city of Bietigheim, and a target.
Ninth Air Force. Bad weather
cancels 9th Bomber Division combat operations. Fighters escort The British Royal
Air Force (RAF), fly night patrol and intercept missions, and support United States
First Army elements in Ardennes as German Field Marshall Gerd
begins all out counter offensive, and XII and XX Corps at Saarlautern
bridgehead and in Saint-Avold Saarbrucken area where news of Ardennes counteroffensive
cancels XII Corps plans for assault on Westwall.
Twelfth Air Force. Bad
weather grounds medium bombers. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers hit
occupied buildings and guns in battle zone South of Bologna, continue attacks
on Brenner rail line effecting 16 rail cuts, hit and set aflame 3 vessels in La
Spezia drydock, and blast several railroad bridges North of battle area.
Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb synthetic oil plant
at Brux and armament works at Plzen, benzol plant at Linz, and marshalling yards
at Innsbruck and Villach, plus several scattered targets. P-38 Lightning fighters
and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort operations to Czechoslovakia. Other P-38
Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance missions while P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
fly reconnaissance escort.
Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support United States ground forces near
Tonkwa. Locomotives, storage areas, buildings, personnel, and areas of Japanese
activity are attacked at Se-eng, Nanponpon, Kangon, Winghsa, Inywa, Molo, and
Mabein. Large-scale air supply to forward areas continues.
Far East Air
Force (FEAF). Major operations of Far East Air Force (FEAF) include B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers strikes on Padada and Puerto Princesa airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers attack airfields and targets
including shipping in Ceram area and in Central Philippine Islands. Targets are
also attacked in North Borneo and in Vogelkop Peninsula area.
Air Force. Daytime activities are limited to reconnaissance flights by B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers over the Bonin and Kazan Islands and by P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
over Pagan. During 16-17
1944, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan fly individual snooper
strikes against Iwo Jima. Go To: 17th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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