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18th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit aircraft plants at Kassel, motor plant and marshalling yard at Cologne, and chemical works at Leverkusen, along with nearby targets. 12 fighters groups provide escort and 2 groups later strafe rail traffic between Cologne and Kassel.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents operations of all command s ( including 9th Bomber Division) except IX Tactical Air Command fighters which fly sweeps, rail cutting missions, and night patrols, and provide air cover for United States 1st Infantry Division in Aachen area.

Twelfth Air Force. Most medium bombers missions are aborted because of weather, but B-26 Marauder medium bombers effectively hit Castel San Pietro dell'Emilia warehouses and railroad bridge at Padua. Fighters and fighter-bombers, operating on restricted schedule due to weather, offer effective close support to ground forces in mountains South of Bologna and hit command targets in Bologna and Modena areas. On 17-18 October 1944, light bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb lights and vehicles East of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Vinkovci. 41 P-40 fighters escort C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft to Greece.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Mingaladon airfield, 21 support ground forces in Mohnyin area, 8 knock out 2 bridges at Wanting, and 6 hit troops near Hwemun. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage approaches to 2 road bridges at Wuntho. 6 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage approaches to 2 bridges at Namhkai and Meza. Transports again fly nearly 300 sorties to several locations in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance over vast areas of China South of the Yangtze River, attack town areas, troops, river craft, gun positions, supply facilities, airfields, and other targets around Kweiping, Shangkaishow, Tajungchiang, Konghow, Wuchou, Shepchung, Hsinganhsien, Tengyun, Liutu, Tanchuk, and Takhing. Railroad targets at Lang Son are also attacked.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Bad weather curtails major strike on Balikpapan. Of 120 heavy bombers and fighters, only 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 8 P-38 Lightning fighters reach the target. P-38 Lightning fighters hit barges, small shipping, and vehicles on West coast of Mindanao. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers at tack Sagan and Babo airfields. Medium bombers and fighter-bombers again hit Namlea, Amboina, Liang, and nearby targets, attack targets at Djailolo and in Wasile Bay area, and pound Urarom, Manokwari, Babo, Sagan, Otawiri, and other Vogelkop area targets.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers out of Saipan bomb Haha Jima while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe Pagan.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kurabu Cape airfield and Suribachi. 8-12 interceptors attack the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, which claim 2 victories.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chislet, near Canterbury.

R256 R-boat
Launched 18 October 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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