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19th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Ehrang and Koblenz marshalling yards and 8 West German rail and road junctions, rail and road choke points, and railhead targets. Only 1 fighters group flies escort as weather grounds others.

Ninth Air Force. All administrative sections and extra operational equipment of XXIX Tactical Air Command are moved from Maastricht to Saint-Trond to avert transportation problems should XXIX Tactical Air Command be subsequently forced into a hasty withdrawal. Weather grounds bombers. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance in West Germany, escort The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancasters, fly patrols from Belgium to the Rhine, support United States 1st, 2d, 99th, and 106th Infantry Divisions, and 7th Armoured Division North and East of Malmedy and Southeast and South West of Saint-Vith, and fly cover for United States Twelfth Army troops and XII Corps near Verdun and Saint-Avold.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers, unable to reach primary targets further North, hit command North of battle area but concentrate mainly on gun positions in La Spezia area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Blechhammer North and South and Moravska, Ostrava oil refineries, Rosenheim rail sidings and marshalling yard and Strasshof, Villach, Klagenfurt, Graz, Innsbruck, and Sopron marshalling yards, town of Sternberk, and several scattered targets. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance missions and escort heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit road junctions at Mongmit and South of Kyaukme, Kyaukme railroad station, and Hsenwi bridge. 7 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters severely damage Tonbo road bridge, and 11 others hit targets during Onmaka Hsoplong rail sweep. 42 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound supply and personnel areas and troops at Myadaung, Tantabin, and Twinnge, village of Nyaugbintha, and truck park near Humon. 300 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 24 P-40 fighters, attack Pengpu. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Wanling Mongyu road causing traffic block. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers claim 2 freighters sunk off Hong Kong. 2 P-40 fighters destroy 3 locomotives and a truck at Sinyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-supported B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Fabrica airfield. Fighters on sweep over Ponay, Negros, and Leyte hit Fabrica, Bacolod, Silay, Dumaguete and Alicante airfields, and town of Palompon. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Legaspi airfield while P-38 Lightning fighters hit Batangas airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters pound Kairatoe area. Other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft on armed reconnaissance, sweeps, and small strikes hit targets at many locations throughout Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and Philippine Islands.

Twentieth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, from Chengtu area, hit aircraft plant at Omura, 13 others hit secondary target of Shanghai, and another 2 strike other alternates.

Seventh Air Force. Headquarters Seventh Air Force is officially opened at Tanapag. 27 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and 25 from Guam strike Iwo Jima. 3 on armed reconnaissance from Guam bomb Marcus. 14 P-38 Lightning fighters from Saipan, with 3 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's as navigational escort, strafe airfields on Iwo Jima. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Guam and Saipan carry out 3 snooper strikes against Iwo Jima during 19-20 December 1944.

Zone of Interior. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters of Fourth Air Force, directed by Los Angeles Control Group to search for Japanese balloon reported over Santa Monica, are unable to locate the target.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hazeleigh Lodge, Maldon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Chelmsford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bradwell Marshes.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lewisham.

Schleswig Holstein Pre-dreadnought
Scuttled 19 December 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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