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21st September 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Almost 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers escorted by 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups attack synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen, Opau, marshalling yards at Koblenz and Mainz, and targets in Rhineland. 3 fighters groups support First Allied Airborne Army aeroplanes dropping supplies and paratroops of Polish 1st Brigade near Driel. Bad weather forces recall of 1 group near Dutch coast. Other groups encounter about 50 Luftwaffe fighters, claiming 20 destroyed against 4 aerial combat losses. Over 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry gasoline to France.

Ninth Air Force. 79 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb marshalling yards at Gerolstein, Pronsfeld, and Ehrang. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance over Bonn, Koblenz, Karlsruhe, Cologne, and Strasbourg area, and support United States First and Third Armies in West Germany and East France. IX Tactical Air Command is exceptionally effective in aiding V Corps withdrawal from Wallendorf bridgehead. During the evening IX Air Defence Command fighters patrol Luxembourg, Chaumont area.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather and unserviceable landing grounds cancel all operations.

Fifteenth Air Force. 345 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Debreczen, Bekescsaba, and Brod, railroad and highway bridges at Baja, in Kiskore area, and at Tiszafured, plus Novi Sad railroad bridge. 42 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Osijek marshalling yard. Other fighters escort heavy bombers. 2 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft 1 from Balkan airfield, with 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escorting, evacuate Fifteenth Air Force personnel from Yugoslavia to Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Man Mawn. 1 other bombs Indaw. 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul fuel to Liuchow. 170 other transport sorties are flown to various terminal points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Kiyang, Yungming, Lingling and areas to the North, and area West of Chuanhsien. 100 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack buildings, river shipping, troops, horses, and supplies at numerous points especially around Sinshih, Kiyang, Wuchou, and Isuho.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Laha and Kairatoe airfields and shipping in Piroe Bay. P-38 Lightning fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Menado, Tomohon, Kakas rest camp, small craft near Belang Island, Kairatoe, and Namlea airfield, and barge off Kaoe Point. Fighter-bombers hit Windissi and Ransiki targets and strafe targets near Orai River. During 21-22 September 1944 fighter-bombers hit Geelvink Bay Bentoni Bay area.

Seventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance and training missions from Saipan bomb Marcus and Pagan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based in the Gilberts, strike Ponape.

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