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17th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 5 marshalling yards and 2 targets at Cologne. 15 fighters groups give support.

Ninth Air Force. All Rhine rail and road bridges are cleared for attack. 2 days later Advance Headquarters prescribes bridges as having priority on target list second only to rail lines. 35 medium bombers hit rail bridge at Euskirchen. Fighters escort medium bombers, fly armed reconnaissance in Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse area, attack railroads in Allendorf an der Lahn Gemunden area, and marshalling yard at Dielkirchen.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels all medium bombers operations and limits fighter-bombers to limited sorties in the battle area South of Bologna, hitting roads, rail lines and bridges. A-20 Havoc light bombers during 16-17 October 1944, on armed reconnaissance over Po Valley bomb targets and cause explosions on North edge of Ravenna.

Fifteenth Air Force. 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Blechhammer South oil refinery and industrial area of Vienna, plus alternate targets and targets including marshalling yards at Banhida, Nagykanizsa, Szombathely, Strass, Graz, and Maribor, railroad bridge at Maribor, rail line at Furstenfeld, and targets scattered throughout the Balkans. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort a C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft picking up personnel at Valjevo airfield, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers carrying a photo crew to Rumania to photograph Ploesti, and several C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft transporting personnel to Araxos airfield.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb supply area near Naba, hit Japanese Headquarters and supply area near Mawhun, and blast supply base and permanent camp at Myazedi. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Nawnghkio airfield and 3 attack bridges near Kawlin and Thityabin. Approach to the latter bridge is damaged. Transports fly almost 300 sorties to various points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 12 P-40 fighters, and 10 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound supply depot at Tien Ho airfield. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply depot at Victoria Harbour. 44 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack river craft, troop concentrations, villages, and other targets around Kweiping, Tengyun, Mangshih, Tajungchiang, Wuchou, and Dosing. Runway at Tanchuk airfield suffers considerable damage.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields, shipping and scattered targets in the Halmahera area. In Ceram Amboina Boeroe area A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to pound airfields and oil facilities. In the principal strike of the day almost 60 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit oil installations, barracks, and shore targets on Ilang and North Davao Bay areas.

Thirteenth Air Force. XIII Bomber Command moves from Wakde to Morotai.

Twentieth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, flying out of Chengtu, bomb Einansho air depot. 14 others bomb alternate targets.

Seventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit shipping off Haha Jima and town of Okimura. Later, during 17-18 October 1944, 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs airfield on Iwo Jima. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Gilberts hit Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly cover sorties for naval Task Force.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Baddow, Chelmsford.

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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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