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21st December 1944

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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 20-21 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 line areas.

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, and Lolobata.

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 and targets.

Seventh Air Force. 23 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima. During 21-22 December 1944, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marianas fly 3 harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Noak Hill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Brentwood.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rayleigh.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bradwell on Sea.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Firstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barking.

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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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