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
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
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
Eleventh Air Force. The weather mission finds squall conditions
and is aborted.
launched against England, hit Bexley.
launched against England, hit Hackney.
launched against England, hit near Shoeburyness.
launched against England, hit Mildenhall Area.
Sunk 23 December 1944
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