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20th November 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers sent against Eudenbach airfield must abort because of bad weather. Over 150 others bomb Scholven, Buer synthetic oil plant and Munster marshalling yard, with 7 fighters groups in support. 6 other groups strafe West German ground targets.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather prevents United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division operations. Fighters fly sweeps and night patrols over broad areas of West Germany and strafe and bomb numerous railroads, trains, buildings and various military targets.

Twelfth Air Force. During 19-20 November 1944, 44 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Po River crossings, airfields and lights in the Po Valley. During the day bad weather prevents medium bombers from successfully attacking targets. Fighter-bombers able to operate during the late morning destroy 2 factories East of Modena, and supply dumps near Parma, and cause large explosions in dump near San Felice del Benaco.

Fifteenth Air Force. 192 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Blechhammer South oil refinery and town of Prerov (a target). 284 others encounter bad weather and attack several alternate targets and targets in Czechoslovakia including town of Zlin and marshalling yards at Brno, Hodonin, and Breclav and other targets in Central and Southeast Europe. 92 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Sarajevo marshalling yard, and railroad bridges at Doboj, Zenica, and Fojnica. 11 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb marshalling yard at Brod, while 43 others strafe command between Esztergom, Veszprem, and Vienna. Other fighters fly heavy bomber escort, reconnaissance, and reconnaissance escort.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out Hsipaw road bridge. 4 others fail to damage Bawgyo bridge. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Pinwe sector. 20 others hit defences at Mong Nge, horse transport unit at Selan, bomb storage areas at Kyungon and Kyakataing, Japanese Headquarters and troop concentration at Man Mao, and several scattered targets. Transports maintain continuous flights to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit barracks area at Lashio. 60 P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over parts of Southeast and South West China and Indochina attack shipping especially severely in the Chiuchiang area and barracks, radio stations, villages, and other targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Haroekoe and Laha airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets over Sidate and in Makassar areas.

Seventh Air Force. Bad weather cancels all bombing missions.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly an air cover mission for the Navy.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pinner.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit East Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Abridge, near Epping.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woodford Bridge.

T34 Torpedo boat
Sunk 20 November 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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