Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) IX and
XXIX Tactical Air Commands are transferred from Ninth Air
Force to British Second Tactical Air Command Air Force control
to operate against the North line of the Bulge. XIX Tactical
Air Command flies armed weather and intruder reconnaissance
in Saarbrucken Trier area. Weather grounds all operations.
Twelfth Air Force. During 20
December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc
light bombers attack highways, secondary roads, and targets
in North and Central Po Valley. During the day, bad weather
grounds medium bombers and reduces fighters and fighter-bomber
operations of XXII Tactical Air Command. However, XXII Tactical
Air Command aircraft are effective against railroad targets
in Treviso area and damage Ghedi airfield. Trains, vehicles,
guns, and buildings are attacked in or near Mantua, Milan,
Turin, La Spezia, Padua, and Mestre.
Fifteenth Air Force. 84 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb main marshalling yard and
railroad sidings at Rosenheim. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
provide escort. Over 40 P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo
reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.
Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply and personnel area at
Magyidon. 13 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage bridges at Hay-ti,
Mong Long, and Pa-Mao. Rail targets from Hsumhsai to Hsipaw
are attacked by 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. More than 20
fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations at several points
including Man Ka-lao and general area East of Shweli River.
12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe Lashio area.
290 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and front
Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance
over wide expanses of South China, East Burma and North Indochina.
The fighters attack chiefly troops and river, road, and rail
traffic and a variety of targets at numerous locations. 9
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kunlong and Minkiang.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and fighter-bombers pound 10 airfields mostly on Negros and
elsewhere in Central Phils. Leyte based fighter-bombers fly
over 100 attack sorties. Likanan airfield is also hit by heavy
bombers. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Goeroea, Anggai,
Twentieth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's from Chengtu attack Mukden.
The primary objective Manchuria Aeroplane Manufacturing Company
suffers little damage and nearby arsenal and rail yards are
slightly damaged. 8 other very heavy bombers bomb alternates
Seventh Air Force. 23 Guam based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima. During
1944, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marianas fly
3 harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.
launched against England, hit Noak Hill.
launched against England, hit Brentwood.
launched against England, hit Rayleigh.
launched against England, hit Bradwell on Sea.
launched against England, hit Firstead.
launched against England, hit Barking.
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