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22nd December 1944

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Ninth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters groups of IX Tactical Air Command are transferred to XIX Tactical Air Command to concentrate air power for cooperation with United States Third Army to which main effort against the Bulge has been assigned. The groups return to control of IX Tactical Air Command on 25 December 1944. Fighters fly a few strafing, weather reconnaissance, intruder patrol, and alert missions. Bad weather cancels all other missions.

Twelfth Air Force. During 21-22 December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit scattered targets in Po Valley. Clearing weather during the day enables medium bombers to hit bridges at Torre Beretti, Pontetidone, and at Chiari. Fighter-bombers concentrate on railway targets, destroying 5 bridges in North Italy and making numerous cuts in rail lines, several on the important Brenner line. Motor transport and guns North of battle area are also successfully attacked.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather restricts operations to reconnaissance, supply dropping, and escort missions over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply area at Magyidon. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out Namhkai bypass bridge and damage 2 bridges at Kinu. 16 hit targets along Irrawaddy River from Tagaung to Thabeikkyin and along road East and North to Mongmit. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe personnel area at Onbauk and bridge at Na-lang. More than 300 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at Song Hoa. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Yungning. 80 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance over wide reaches of South China, East Burma, and North Indochina hit numerous targets. Airfields at Heho and Tien Ho are strafed and several aeroplanes are destroyed in battles over Canton and Kai Tek airfields. Rail facilities, river and road traffic, and other targets are hit at several locations including Chinchengchiang, Wanling, Gia Lam, and Pingsiang-Yungning area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support, bomb Clark Field while P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Lipa airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Carolina airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters cover, hit Fabrica airfield. On Mindanao B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb storage and personnel areas while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit water front at Zamboanga. Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly numerous shipping searches, armed reconnaissance, and sweeps over Mindanao and throughout Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Numerous fighter-bombers pound Wasile River and Goeroea areas and Hate Tabako airfield. United States and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers bomb Lolobata and Hate Tabako airfields and Goeroea area.

Twentieth Air Force. 48 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's from XXI Bomber Command hit Mitsubishi aircraft industrial complex. Total cloud cover prevents accuracy, and damage is light. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's claim 9 fighters downed.

Seventh Air Force. During 22-23 December 1944, 2 Guam and Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers make harassing strikes on Iwo Jima.

Eighth Air Force. Nearly 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Ehrang, Kaiserslautern, and Homburg, Saar, command centres at Junkerath, Ahrweiler, and Dahlem, rail junction at Homburg, Saar, and several targets. 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly escort and encounter an estimated 75-100 fighters, claiming 23 shot down. 3 fighters groups on sweeps encounter about 350 fighters and claim 46 destroyed.

Henschel Hs 298
Testing commenced using Ju 88 and Do 217 as carrier aircraft.

R260 R-boat
Commissioned 22 December 1944

R402 R-boat
Sunk 22 December 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.
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