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21st October 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Bad weather grounds bombers. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance and attack railroads in West Germany and support elements of United States Third and Seventh Armies in East France and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, in the day's only medium bombers mission, attack Nervesa della Battaglia railroad bridge and causeway. Fighters and fighter-bombers operate in close support of United States Fifth Army forces South of Bologna and fighter-bombers also hit command in North Italy as far North as Verona and as far West as Turin. During 20-21 October 1944, light bombers bomb targets during intruder missions North of battle area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 104 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with fighters escort attack marshalling yards at Gyor and Szombathely. Almost 100 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe Szombathely and Seregelyes airfields and rail lines between Sajoszentpeter to Ipolyszog.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage at least 3 bridges throughout the railroad corridor in North Burma. 15 other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Mohnyin area, hitting gun positions and defensive works at Ywathit. 12 others attack positions and occupied areas around Bhamo and Muse, 6 knock out Paungni River bridge, and 4 attack town of Mawhun. About 270 sorties are flown by Tenth Air Force transports in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 130 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack shipping, gun positions, troop areas, bridges, town areas, road traffic, and other targets around Yuma, Takhing, Dosing, Konghow, Shawan, Kuanyang, Kweiping, Tungpingchi, Tingka, Muse, Wan Lai-Kam, Shekpo, Menghsu, and Amoy.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Cagayan and Parepare. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit Misamis and blast truck convoy near Kibawe. Other fighter-bombers hit Kaoe Bay supply areas. Fighter-bombers hit Boela airfield and Amboina town area. Mongosah and Sagan airfields are also bombed.

Seventh Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in first United States air strike from Guam, hit Yap.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hays.

M31 Minesweeper
Sunk 21 October 1944

M279 Minesweeper
Commissioned 21 October 1944

M330 Minesweeper
Commissioned 21 October 1944

M602 Minesweeper
Launched 21 October 1944

R148 R-boat
Launched 21 October 1944

R151 R-boat
Sunk 21 October 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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