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16th September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters groups, 4 carrying bombs, strafe Hannover, Bremen, Osnabruck areas and bomb Ahlhorn airfield and Mannheim, Kaiserslautern area.

Ninth Air Force. Headquarters Ninth Air Force begins reorganisation of IX Bomber Command as 9th Bomber Division, implementing the redesignation on 30 August 1944. 150 medium bombers and light bombers attack Bath dike and Arnemuiden road and rail embankment. Fighters escort bombers, fly sweeps, and armed reconnaissance over Rastatt and Haguenau, and support United States Third Army's XII and XV Corps in repelling counter-attacks in Northeast France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack fuel and supply dumps and defensive positions in Bologna and Rimini areas while fighter-bombers and fighters bomb and strafe rail and road targets North of battle areas in the North Apennine mountains as United States Fifth Army forces struggle to break through strong enemy defences in hills North of Prato, along main Monte Altuzzo ridge, on Monte Veruca, Monte Monticelli, and other mountain positions.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather cancels bombing operations. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters fly weather reconnaissance and 54 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly supplies to South France.

Tenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul fuel to Liuchow. In spite of bad weather, 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep Lungling, Wanling, Loiwing road and 5 damage bridge approach at Manyut.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Hengyang. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kutkai. 28 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets in China, including Yuangshaho ferry, Pakmushih, Chuanhsien, and Lengshuitang. 130 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit targets in Mangshih and Lungling area and from North of Tangyang and along the Yangtze River southward including areas around Changsha, Kiyang, Samshui, Chuanhsien, Lingling, and Kwongning.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kendari air depot and Ambesia airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack large warehouse at Gorontalo. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Namlea, Liang, Haroekoe, Kairatoe, Laha, and Kamarian. Fighter-bombers hit Manokwari, Sagan, Moemi, and Waren airstrips.

Seventh Air Force. 17 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima. 3 others on training and armed reconnaissance missions bomb Pagan and Marcus. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound enemy positions on Pagan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in the Marshalls bomb Emidj.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kataoka naval base. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers abort a shipping sweep due to weather and mechanical difficulties.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Southgate.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wembley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Yiewsley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Willingdon, near Eastbourne.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Noak Hill, near Romford.

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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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