Eighth Air Force. Nearly 1,900 (of over 2,000 dispatched)
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack
11 airfields, 14 command centres, and numerous other targets
including 2 marshalling yards, 5 cities, and over 50 targets
all in battle areas. 13 fighters groups meet over 200 Luftwaffe
fighters and claim 70 destroyed.
Ninth Air Force. 276 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
medium bombers and light bombers hit rail bridges and command
centres in West Germany. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division,
fly armed reconnaissance, and support United States III, VIII,
and XII Corps along South battle line of the Bulge, stretching
from Echternach to area North West of Neufchateau, as 4th
Armoured Division reaches the Wehrmacht's ring around Bastogne.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather again holds operations to a minimum.
However, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters carry out very successful raid on Thiene airfield,
causing considerable damage and destroying several enemy aeroplanes.
Other missions find little activity and result in destruction
of only a few trucks and trains.
Fifteenth Air Force. Unfavourable weather curtails all but
photo and weather reconnaissance missions.
Tenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentrations and supply areas
at Pangkai, Man-namman, Man Om, Mong Nge, and Kyanhnyat. 6
support ground forces in Si-U sector while 12 hit targets
along Sinlum Nawghkio rail line. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
strafe airfields at Lashio. 287 transport sorties are flown
to forward areas.
Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Kunlong ferry area 3 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers claim 1 tanker sunk in South China
Sea. 100 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and
P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack targets
throughout South China, especially river, road, and rail traffic,
troops, and buildings around Hengyang, Lingling, Siangtan,
and Changsha. Also Hong Kong area shipping is pounded (1 tanker
claimed sunk and other ships damaged) and 30 enemy aeroplanes
claimed destroyed at Tsinan airfield.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Clark Field, Puerto Princesa,
and Kudat airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers
blast Goeroea area, bomb Silay airfield and hit San Roque
barracks, Zamboanga waterfront, and Davao Bay shipping. Again
Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft on miscellaneous small
operations attack many targets throughout Netherlands East
Indies (NEI) and Philippine Islands.
Twentieth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
XXI Bomber Command B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's attack
2 airfields on Iwo Jima.
Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan and 38 from Guam
strike Iwo Jima. 17 Saipan based P-38 Lightning fighters make
low-level strafing attack on Iwo Jima. 23 other B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, based on Saipan, bomb Chichi Jima. 2 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers on harassment strikes from the Marianas hit
Iwo Jima during 24-25
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