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24th December 1944

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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 December 1944.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wanstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Eastwood.

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

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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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