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18th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit marshalling yards at Cologne, Kalk, Kaiserslautern, and Mainz, areas of Koblenz, Lutzel, and Bonn, and several targets. Bad weather causes over 500 aborts. 7 fighters groups fly escort.

Ninth Air Force. 160 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-26 Invader light bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit defended positions at Harperscheid, Hellenthal, Blumenthal, Dreiborn, and Herhahn. Fighters fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance over West Germany claiming over 40 Luftwaffe aeroplanes downed plus hitting numerous ground targets and support United States 2d, 4th, 28th, and 106th Infantry Divisions West of Butgenbach, West of Trier, Southeast of Clervaux, and Southeast of Saint-Vith, and XII Corps at Niedergailbach. IX Tactical Air Command hits Panzer units spearheading Bulge.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again curtails operations. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers hit command in East Po Valley, scoring particular success against lines in North part of the Valley in Padua region, and support United States Fifth Army operations in battle area South of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. 560 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit oil refineries at Blechhamer (2), Odertal, Vienna, Floridsdorf, Moravska, Ostrava, and Auschwitz; marshalling yards at Graz, Studenzen, and Sopron; Bruck an der Mur industrial area, and various scattered targets. Fighters fly escort and reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out two railroad bridges at Wetlet and damage another at Saye. 17 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters destroy bypass bridges at Hinlong and Wingkang. 11 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit airfields at Nawnghkio while 12 others sweep airfields at Anisakan, Hsumhsai, and Nawnghkio. 9 fighter-bombers provide close support to ground forces in Namhkam. 17 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack personnel and supply areas at Man Ton and Hseing-hkai. 292 transports fly men and supplies to forward bases and battle areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb barracks and administrative buildings at Hankow. 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Wuchang. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb barracks and damage a bridge at Siaokan airfield while 6 others pound storage buildings at Kunlong. 149 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support the Hankow, Siaokan, and Wuchang raids and claim 42 aircraft downed and destroyed on the ground. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters follow the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike on Kunlong with napalm attacks, causing considerable damage. 28 other P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack various targets around Hochih, Nanning, Mengmao, Wanling, Sang Song, and Phu Bang Thuong.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers destroy bridge on Palompon Cananga road on Leyte and pound Calatagan airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit San Roque airfield. Fighter-bombers attack Tanao harbour and airfield and targets in Tarakan area, strafe seaplane facilities at Sanga Sanga, and bomb Haroekoe airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. 63 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's flying out of the Marianas hit Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya. 10 others bomb last resort targets and targets. 84 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, flying out of Chengtu area, drop incendiaries on docks at Hankow in the first mass firebomb attack by B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. The strike is made in conjunction with 200 aircraft of Fourteenth Air Force, 5 other very heavy bombers hit alternates.

Seventh Air Force. 6 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying armed photo reconnaissance over Moen, Param, and Eten bomb Dublon. After photographing airfields on the 3 islands, the heavy bombers return by way of Woleai, Puluwat, and Namonuito and photograph all 3 atolls. During 18-19 December 1944, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tillingham Marshes.

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

T10 Torpedo boat
Sunk 18 December 1944

R268 R-boat
Launched 18 December 1944

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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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