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17th November 1944

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Ninth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers of 9th Bomber Division hit Haguenau. Weather prevents 100 bombers from attacking targets. Fighters escort bombers, fly patrol and armed reconnaissance over wide area of West Germany, and support United States 104th and 4th Infantry Divisions and 2d Armoured Division, East of Aachen and near Hurtgen.

Twelfth Air Force. For the first time in several months the Twelfth's medium bombers attack targets in Yugoslavia, hitting bridges along the Brod Zagreb Maribor railroad. Medium bombers also hit rail bridges and viaducts in Northeast Italy, concentrating on Brenner Pass where ground haze and smoke screen at Avisio viaduct hamper the attacks. Fighter-bombers of XXII Tactical Air Command cut rail lines, hit larger concentrations of railroad cars, and blast several ammunition and fuel dumps North of the battle line below Bologna. Fighter-bombers closely supporting ground forces also hit guns and other military targets in battle area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 630 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Blechhammer South and Vienna, Floridsdorf oil refineries, industrial area in and near Vienna, marshalling yards at Maribor, Gyor, Graz, Salzburg, Villach, and town of Sankt Johann in Tirol, plus several scattered targets. Fighters escort heavy bombers and fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop and vehicle concentrations and supply areas at Manlu, Loi Lum, Nawng Moloi, and Kyaukme. 10 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in North Burma railroad corridor near Meza. 16 others sweep rail line from Hsipaw to Sedaw hitting rolling stock, gun positions and other targets while 3 bomb Meza railroad station. 16 others strafe airfields at Nawnghkio, Anisakan, and Onbauk. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Lashio, knocking out a bypass bridge and damaging others. Several machine gun positions are silenced in the bridge area. Transports continue to operate on large scale, flying 266 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kowloon Docks. 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, in flights of 2 or 3 medium bombers each, attack gun positions, storage areas, and village and town areas North of Chuchou, South of Hpalen, West of Nanyo, and at Chefang and Nanyo. Also a bridge at Tingka is knocked out. 100 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets throughout Southeast and South West China, concentrating on Mangshih and Changsha areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Legaspi airfield. In Mindanao area B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sasa and Likanan airfields. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly heckling missions over Central Philippine Islands, Mindanao, and Northeast Celebes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to support ground forces on Mapia Islands.

Seventh Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying shipping strike out of Saipan, attack vessels South West of Muko Jima and attack harbour and town of Okimura.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Suribachi airfield. 2 fighters intercept and damage 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers which force lands on Kamchatka.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barking.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Dartford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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