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
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
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.
December 1944, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and
Saipan fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.
launched against England, hit Tillingham Marshes.
launched against England, hit Clacton foreshore.
Sunk 18 December 1944
Launched 18 December 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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