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19th September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Almost 800 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are dispatched against targets in North West Germany. Weather prevents about half from bombing primary targets but most manage to bomb secondary or targets. Over 650 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 10 marshalling yards and several bridges, railroads, factories, barges, storage areas, city areas and numerous scattered targets in North West Germany. 6 fighters groups furnish support. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups supporting First Allied Airborne Army in the Netherlands engage well over 100 fighters, downing 23. 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. As United Kingdom-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-Italy-United Kingdom shuttle mission continues, over 90 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and their fighters group take off from USSR, bomb marshalling yard at Szolnok, and fly to Fifteenth Air Force bases in Italy.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers hit marshalling yards in Duren area to prevent reinforcements from reaching Aachen area by rail. IX Tactical Air Command supports United States V Corps in repelling counterattack at Wallendorf bridgehead, supports Operation MARKET- GARDEN and flies armed reconnaissance in West Germany. XIX Tactical Air Command escorts light bombers and medium bombers, flies cover both for MARKET-GARDEN and in Brest and Nancy areas, and armed reconnaissance over Metz area.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers hit guns and defensive positions along Gothic Line and attack roads and bridges in Bologna area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 96 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack railroad bridges at Kraljevo and Mitrovica. 70 P-38 Lightning fighters provide target area cover.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to Liuchow and Chengkuing. Troop Carrier transports fly over 100 sorties carrying men and supplies to several China-Burma-India (CBI) locations.

Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lingling, Lengshuitang, Chuanhsien, Sinning, and Shanhsien. 150 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound numerous targets during armed reconnaissance flights from Tungting Lake Central Yangtze River area to the South China Sea. The fighter-bombers particularly concentrate on road transport in Changsha area and supply dumps, buildings, and trucks near Sintsiang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Striking all principal targets in Northeast Celebes, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Amoerang port area, Menado fuel tanks and shipping personnel areas and antiaircraft guns at Mapanget and Sidate, bivouac, supply areas, and lookout towers along Lembeh Strait, Langoan airfield, and Kakas rest camp.

Seventh Air Force. 29 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast shipping at Chichi Jima. 24 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe antiaircraft positions and storage areas on Pagan. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper and armed reconnaissance missions bomb Iwo Jima and Marcus.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly shipping sweep over Tomari Cape. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off to strike Kurabu Cape turn back due to weather and mechanical failures.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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