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16th December 1944

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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 von Rundstedt 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.

Seventh 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 December 1944, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan fly individual snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.

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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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