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
. Fighters fly a few strafing, weather reconnaissance,
intruder patrol, and alert missions. Bad weather cancels all
Twelfth Air Force. During 21
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.
Testing commenced using Ju
as carrier aircraft.
Commissioned 22 December 1944
Sunk 22 December 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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