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
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
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.
launched against England, hit Chislet, near Canterbury.
Launched 18 October 1944
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