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16th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, along with Ninth Air Force and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) aeroplanes, attack tactical targets East of Aachen in support of United States First and Ninth Armies offensive. 9 fighters groups fly escort and 2 groups later strafe transportation targets in Giessen, Marburg, and Berleburg areas.

Ninth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division bombers hit defended areas and strong points at Echtz, Luchem, and Eschweiler. IX Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers dive-bomb gun positions and other targets in Stolberg and Hurtgen areas and XIX Tactical Air Command supports United States XX Corps in Merzig, Trier, Saarbrucken area. XXIX Tactical Air Command attacks targets in 12 West German towns. United States First and Ninth Armies begin eastward thrust (Operation QUEEN) into areas hit by IX and XXIX Tactical Air Commands.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers fly over 250 sorties against rail lines in Brenner Pass and other parts of Northeast Italy destroying the railroad bridge at Sacile. Fighter-bombers in support of British Eighth Army advance to North West of Forli hit guns, ammunition supplies, and other military targets, attack pipeline crossings of the Po at Ostiglia and Ferrara, and pontoon stores near Ficarola, as well as hitting command targets North of battle area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Munich West marshalling yard and troop concentrations at Visegrad as well as alternate target of Innsbruck marshalling yard and scattered targets. Over 250 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters support the attack on Munich. 26 other P-38 Lightning fighters strafe transport targets on roads between Sarajevo and Novi Pazar.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentrations and supply areas at Naungmo, Nawngmoloi, and Lashio. 11 support ground forces in Pinwe area, 4 attack bridges at Meza and over Sindaw River. 4 bomb Meza railroad station, 16 sweep railroad from Sagaing to Kanbalu, and 16 strafe Nawnghkio and Hsumhsai airfields. Transports fly 270 sorties to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Changsha. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Lohochai and bomb Wanling area. 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Nghia Trang, Duc Tho, Nha Trang, and Do Len. 70 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers over Southeast and South West China on armed reconnaissance attack road, river, and rail traffic, town areas, and other targets at several scattered locations.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In Central Philippine Islands and in Mindanao area United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and fighter-bombers hit airfields, harbours, shipping, and targets. In Kendari area and on Northeast peninsula of Celebes, and on Halmahera, heavy bombers, medium bombers, and fighter-bombers pound airfields, villages and shipping. Medium bombers also support ground forces in Mapia Islands and bomb Namlea airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. Colonel Willard R Wolfinbarger becomes Commanding Officer of XIII Fighter Command.

Seventh Air Force. 12 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping at Chichi Jima while 2 others attack barges at Haha Jima. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 3 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields and ragan In the first combat strike by P-38 Lightning fighters in the Marianas. During a 16-17 November 1944, snooper mission in the Bonins a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attacks shipping.

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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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