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18th November 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters groups strafe oil storage depots in Hanau and Ulm areas, airfields at Leipheim and Lechfeld, and miscellaneous ground targets. About 70 fighters are encountered. United States fighters claim 26 air victories and 69 destroyed on the ground. 8 United States fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 340 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers of 9th Bomber Division strike barracks areas, rail bridges, rail facilities, strong points, and defended positions at 13 locations in Germany. Fighters escort Bomber Division, fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance over West Germany, and support ground forces East of Aachen and in Sarreguemines area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb bridges at Pizzighettone, Romano di Lombardia, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Migazzone, Casarsa della Delizia, Casale Monferrato, and at Zidani Most and also pound Brod Ljubljana railway, the principal Wehrmacht escape route in the Balkans. Fighter-bombers continue successful attacks on rail lines, dumps, guns, and pipelines in the North Apennines and the Po Valley, XXII Tactical Air Command claiming over 100 train cars, 8 locomotives, and nearly 75 vehicles destroyed.

Fifteenth Air Force. 680 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb Vienna, Floridsdorf and Korneuburg oil refineries, airfields at Aviano, Villafranca di Verona, Udine, and Vicenza, and troop concentrations at Visegrad. 126 P-38 Lightning fighters escort Austria missions while 12 others bomb the troop concentrations at Visegrad. 186 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide cover for raids on the Italian airfields and sweep target areas. Over 50 other fighters fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort.

Tenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bomber's support ground forces South of Pinwe and in Bhamo area. 16 attack troops and supply area at Panglong and Ngapwegyi while 7 hit ferry area at Meza, 20 hit targets along Kanbalu Wuntho railroad and at Maymyo and Wetwin. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Man Pwe rail yards, destroying warehouses and other buildings and causing much general damage. Transports continue large-scale operations to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast stores at Hengshan and hit populated areas from Ishan to Liuchow. 130 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters pound targets scattered over vast areas of South China. Troops, shipping, supplies, trucks, and railroad targets are hit particularly hard North of Lingling, from Liuchow to Ishan, from Hengshan to Hengyang, from Kweilin to Liuchou, from Siangtan to Paoching, and at Chuanhsien, Hwaiyuanchen, Chingmen, Chuchiang, and Shihkiachwang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In Mindanao Northeast Celebes areas United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers again hit airfields and targets. Fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over several locations in Philippine Islands pound shipping, supply and personnel areas, harbours, barges, airstrips, and command targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters supporting, launch major strike against oil installations at Tarakan. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping off Tarakan and in Brunei Bay. In the Makassar Kendari area B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Polewali shipyards. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airfields in Ceram Amboina area while P-38 Lightning fighters strafe shipping. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to support ground forces in Mapia Islands.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and Guam hit shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. P-38 Lightning fighters and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan escort photo planes over Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Suribachi shore batteries, including one on Takikawa Cape. A shipping sweep by 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers is cancelled due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stanford Rivers.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chadwell Heath.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Theydon Mount, near Epping.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Erith.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

Tübingen Hospital ship
Sunk on 18 November 1944

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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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