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23rd December 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Approximately 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack rail bridges, command targets, villages, rail junction and targets in Germany losing 31 bombers. Fighters fly bomber escort, armed reconnaissance, and patrols (claiming over 100 aircraft downed and 3 airfields bombed), and support ground forces between Werbomont and Butgenbach along North battle line of Bulge and United States III, VIII, and XII Corps forces along South battle line of the Bulge.

Twelfth Air Force. On 22-23 December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers on intruder patrols hit Po River crossings and targets. Bad weather during day grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers operate in West Po Valley, mainly against railway comm. airfield near Milan is attacked, and several enemy aeroplanes destroyed.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather again limits operations to reconnaissance, supply dropping, and escort missions over Central and East Europe.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out and damage bridges at Mong Long, Pa-mao, and Man Pwe. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy bridges at Tonbo, Saye, Ketka, and Nampawng, and damage several others. 40 fighter-bombers attack storage areas, bivouacs, and enemy held points at Namhkam, Nyaunggyin, Hseinghkai, Mongyin, and Kutkai. Transport sorties to forward bases and front line areas total 353.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound points along Burma Road. 13 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town areas, trains, and other targets at Vinh, from Dap Cau to Lungchow, and from Lang Son to Yungning. In China 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 5 P-40 fighters damage about 50 railroad cars in area South of Yellow River. 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers over Wuchang and Hankow damage 2 ferry ramps and blast 3 oil dumps. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters damage 2 hangars at Heho airfield, 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound railroad shops at Chenghsien, and bomb Houmachen with napalm.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Fabrica and Silay airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide cover. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Grace Park airfield and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound San Roque airfield and Davao and Zamboanga areas. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers blast Lolobata, Hate Tabako, and Goeroea area. Again numerous Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly various small strikes, armed reconnaissance, and sweeps over Philippine Islands and Netherlands East Indies (NEI). fighter-bombers are especially active against targets in Central Philippine Islands and Halmahera.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and 14 from Guam hit Iwo Jima. 3 others from Guam, flying armed reconnaissance mission, bomb Woleai. During the night 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan fly harassing strikes against Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. The weather mission finds squall conditions and is aborted.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bexley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hackney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Shoeburyness.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mildenhall Area.

M489 Minesweeper
Sunk 23 December 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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