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17th December 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents bomber operations. Over 1,000 fighters fly armed reconnaissance, defensive patrols, and attacks on bridges and gun positions. IX and XIX Tactical Air Commands also support ground forces (8th, 28th, 78th, 99th, and 106th Infantry Divisions, 5th Armoured Division, V, VII, VIII, XII, and XX Corps) against counteroffensive in the Ardennes and in battle to hold Saarlautern bridgehead.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather again cancels medium bombers operations. XXII Tactical Air Command hits command in Po Valldssssey and attacks Trento marshalling yard on rail line running North to Brenner Pass.

Fifteenth Air Force. 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb oil refineries at Blechhammer North and South, Odertal and Moravska Ostrava, marshalling yards at Gross Strehlitz, Villach, Saak, Salzburg, and Wels. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers, fly reconnaissance, strafe railroad running from Rosenheim into Austria, and escort photo reconnaissance operations. Enemy fighters appear in force for first time since August 1944, heavy bombers and fighters claim 55 air victories.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Namhkam sector. 8 more P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit rail targets between Kyaikthin to Kinu, then East to the Irrawaddy and up the river to Tigyaing. 4 hit river craft at Tagaung. 50 fighter-bombers attack storage areas, vehicles, bivouacs, personnel areas, and general targets at Pang-hsao, Kyaukme, Manai, Kutkai, Ma-ugon, Hpa-ye, and Man Namman. 12 more strafe targets during Kyaukme Nampyao railroad sweep. 290 transport sorties are flown.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Camranh Bay area. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb road at Wan Pa-Hsa while 12 fighter-bombers hit nearby railroad bridge, damaging it severely.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Bacolod airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Silay airfield. P-40 fighters join Marine fighter-bombers in attacking Cananga area and P-38 Lightning fighters destroy several aircraft during sweeps over Negros. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Likanan while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support, hit Jolo airfield. Fighter-bombers hit positions at Valencia. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and fighter-bombers attack Jesselton and Laha airfields.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and 26 from Guam pound Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan, on armed reconnaissance, bomb Woleai Atoll and Eauriprik. During 17-18 December 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and Guam fly 3 single plane harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Leyton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Camberwell.

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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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