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20th September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters support First Allied Airborne Army in Arnhem and Nijmegen areas, strafing and bombing ground targets. Intense light flak claims 5 fighters. Air attacks aid ground troops in taking valuable bridges in the area and in advance toward Arnhem.

Ninth Air Force. The Ninth's Advance Headquarters follows United States 12th Army Group to Verdun. About 40 medium bombers hit Trier marshalling yard and defensive positions at Herbach to complicate rail transportation and aid in Allied ground attack on Aachen. Fighters fly air cover for United States V and VII Corps in West Germany near Dutch boundary and United States XV and XX Corps in Nancy area, and fly armed reconnaissance over Bonn, Mannheim, Hamburg, Koblenz, and Ruhr Valley areas.

Twelfth Air Force. 27th and 79th Fighter Groups are added to XII Fighter Command which on this days begins operations in support of United States Fifth Army. Weather again grounds medium bombers and severely restricts fighters which fly uneventful reconnaissance missions.

Fifteenth Air Force. 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack 3 railroad bridges at Budapest, 2 marshalling yards at Hatvan and 1 at Gyor and bomb Malacky airfield and Bratislava oil district.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Kadu rail siding, Nyaungbintha, Indaw, and troops at Hkaungtung. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers weathered out of Bhamo area hit alternates at Indaw. Troop Carrier aircraft continue large-scale operations to several points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lingling, Chuanhsien, and Kiyang and hit targets throughout Chuanhsien area. More than 100 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance over wide areas of Southeast China attack troops, horses, trucks, shipping, and other targets, particularly concentrating on areas around Chuanhsien, Lingling, Kiyang, Changsha, and Yiyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Despite poor weather over Celebes, Menado area is again attacked. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Mapanget and Sidate airfields and supply dumps and other targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Djailolo and A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters during 19-20 September 1944, strike Kaoe airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers, striking during 19-20 September 1944, and during day, pound airfields at Amahai, Namlea, Liang and Laha, town of Lautem, and several targets. Fighter-bombers hit antiaircraft guns and targets at Moemi and Ransiki airfields and hit supply dump further East along Orai River. During 20-21 September 1944, a few B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again hit Menado and Sidate areas.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan bomb and strafe gun positions on Pagan. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bombs Marcus. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in the Marshalls hit Jaluit while Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Nauru.

M132 Minesweeper
Sunk 20 September 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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