Eighth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighters groups escort aeroplanes of First Allied Airborne
Army as second troop echelon is dropped in the Netherlands
to participate in heavy fighting in Arnhem area. Fighters
bomb and strafe flak positions and other ground targets and
encounter heavy flak and over 100 Luftwaffe fighters which
claim 7 United States fighters. United States claims include
29 fighters and 33 flak positions destroyed. Almost 250 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, supported by nearly 200 fighters,
drop supplies to First Allied Airborne Army in the Netherlands.
Intense flak downs 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 21
fighters. 2 of the fighters groups strafe rail and highway
traffic and over 50 fighters bomb flak positions. In last
Eighth Air Force shuttle bombing mission, 18-22
September 1944, United Kingdom-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-Italy-United
Kingdom, 110 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 150 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers (64 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers to
continue to USSR) drop supplies to Polish forces at Warsaw.
3 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers abort and 2 are lost.
After completing supply drop, 105 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers and the 64 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers proceed to
Ninth Air Force. First 9th Bomber Division Headquarters on
European continent opens at Chartres. Weather cancels all
bomber activity. Less than 100 fighters support United States
VII Corps in West Germany and fly cover in area of Brest where
organised resistance comes to an end.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers continue to hit troop concentrations
and gun positions in support of British Eighth Army forces
which opens assault on defences in Rimini area. Despite bad
weather B-26 Marauder medium bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters maintain attacks on bridges, rail lines, and transportation
in Po Valley.
Fifteenth Air Force. 463 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers, some with fighters escort, hit Subotica and Szeged
marshalling yards and railroad bridges at Novi Sad, Belgrade,
Szob, and Budapest (2). Fighters maintain cover over Budapest
Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters pound Japanese positions in Myothit area.
8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit supply dumps and installations
at Chefang. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Liuchow.
200 other sorties by Troop Carrier aircraft deliver men and
supplies to several points in China-Burma-India (CBI).
Fourteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack town areas and fuel dumps
at Lingling, Taohsien, and Chuanhsien and damage the approaches
to Lingling ferry crossing. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
over Formosa Strait claim 1 freighter sunk. About 115 P-40
fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance
attack troops, trucks, tanks, shipping, town areas, and other
targets throughout Hunan province South of Tungting Lake to
Luichow Peninsula and Chikhom Bay.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast several targets in Davao
area, including oil storage at Sasa. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit Langoan airfield and lake area. Others hit Samate
airfield. Bad weather forces B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
over Ceram Amboina area to individually attack targets which
include 4 airfields. Fighter-bombers hit airfields and town
of Manokwari and antiaircraft guns at Moemi.
Seventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance from
Saipan bomb Marcus. 28 Eniwetok based B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb Truk. Gilberts based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
launched against England, hit Lambeth.
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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