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20th December 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Bad weather prevents all combat operations, except night intruder mission by 2 fighters.

Twelfth Air Force. Continued bad weather limits operations. Medium bombers are grounded and overcast prevents fighters and fighter-bombers to reach many targets in Central and East Po Valley. However, the Brenner line is cut South of Trento and trains are successfully attacked near Padua and Treviso. Armed reconnaissance in West Po Valley accounts for several locomotives, vehicles, and other targets, and railroads, bridges, and targets are hit in the La Spezia and Genoa areas. During 19-20 December 1944, light bombers attack lights at 5 locations in East Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. For fifth consecutive day, heavy bombers hit Axis oil production. 454 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Regensburg oil refinery, marshalling yards at Linz, Salzburg, and Villach, and armament works at Plzen. Over 300 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. 40 others fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy 3 road bridges at Mongmit, bypass bridges at Tangon and Tantabin, and 3 bridges in North Burma. 3 other medium bombers blast ferry area at Thabeikkyin. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out Hay-ti road bridge and damage Pa-mao bridge. 12 other fighter-bombers sweep the Irrawaddy from Sheinmaga to Twinnge, strafing several targets. 13 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Namhkam sector. Troops, supply areas, and buildings are pounded at Hseing-hkai, Tigyaing, Na-kawnkongnyaung, and Man Hkunhawng. Transport operations to front areas total 284 sorties.

Fourteenth Air Force. 118 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance over South China and East Burma attack road, rail, and river traffic and other targets, mainly in or near Wanling, Mongyu, Monhkong, Lashio, Hochih, Chinchenchiang Hong Kong, Sinyang, Lohochai, Leiyang, Kweilin, Sintsiang, Siangtan, Paoching, Liuchenghsien, Hengshan, and Hengyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers pound 10 airfields throughout Central Philippine Islands and 3 on Mindanao. In Netherlands East Indies (NEI) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Malang airfield and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Haroekoe. Numerous other single Far East Air Force (FEAF) flights and small forces attack a large variety of targets throughout Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and the Philippine Islands.

Seventh Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, based on Saipan, pound Iwo Jima. During 20-21 December 1944, 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan hit Iwo Jima with 5 snooper strikes.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies armed reconnaissance over the Kurils. Another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strikes Onnekotan installations, while 2 more flying armed photo mission over Kashiwabara and Kataoka also strafe buildings on Onnekotan and bomb Nemo Bay. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers abort a fighter decoy mission due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Crayford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Brentwood.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Berkhamstead Hill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Cuffley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Foulness Point.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Nevendon.

M606 Minesweeper
Launched 20 December 1944

M389 Minesweeper
Commissioned 20 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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