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
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
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
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.
launched against England, hit Hazeleigh Lodge, Maldon.
launched against England, hit near Chelmsford.
launched against England, hit Ilford.
launched against England, hit Bradwell Marshes.
launched against England, hit Lewisham.
Scuttled 19 December 1944
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