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18th September 1944

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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 USSR.

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 area.

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 pound Ponape.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lambeth.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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