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
1944, light bombers attack lights at 5 locations in East Po
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
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.
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.
launched against England, hit Crayford.
launched against England, hit Brentwood.
launched against England, hit Little Berkhamstead Hill.
launched against England, hit Cuffley.
launched against England, hit near Foulness Point.
launched against England, hit Nevendon.
Launched 20 December 1944
Commissioned 20 December 1944
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