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24th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. By this date, all Pathfinder aircraft of 482d Bomber Group (engaged in H2X and other radar training at The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Alconbury) have been dispersed to heavy bomber groups within the bomb divisions, which set up their own H2X training. Over 400 fighter-bombers are dispatched to attack aircraft and ground targets in Hannover, Kassel area. 73 bomb flak positions at Elburg, factory near Nienburg, and miscellaneous ground targets. Bad weather causes other fighter-bombers to jettison bombs in Channel and Zuider Zee. The fighter-bombers strafe transportation and other ground targets with good results.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all operations except fighters patrols by IX and XXIX Tactical Air Command over West Germany. The fighters attack rail targets.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers. Over 300 XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers attack targets in support of United States Fifth Army South of Bologna and hit command and shipping in Turin, Genoa and East Po Valley areas, destroying 14 locomotives and over 100 railroad cars. During 23-24 October 1944, light bombers attack targets in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather cancels all offensive operations.

Tenth Air Force. From 24 October 1944 through 27 October 1944, fighter-bombers and medium bombers steadily support Allied troops on the North Burma front, pounding road and rail command, troop concentrations and supply dumps, and sweeping airfields. The strikes include close support of British troops advancing on the right flank of the front known as the 'Rail Corridor', and of Chinese forces pushing down the left flank along the Myitkyina Bhamo road. China-Burma-India (CBI) is split into 2 theatres India-Burma and China.

Fourteenth Air Force. Nearly 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over Southeast China, Southwest China, and East Burma hit runways, storage facilities, town areas, troops, horses, gun positions, and other targets around Amoy, Lohochai, Tanchuk, Sinthe, Menghsu Pingnam, Mangshih, Chefang, and Lashio.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Buayoan airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on armed reconnaissance hit small shipping and troops. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers hit Sandakan area. P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Amboina reservoir areas. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers again pound Babo, Moemi, Sagan, Manokwari, Otawiri, and other Vogelkop Peninsula area targets.

Seventh Air Force. Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Yap while Saipan based P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers weather abort a photo mission to Paramushiru. 2 others on a shipping sweep off Kurabu hit a freighter, which is observed listing and smoking, and strafe 2 submarine chasers.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Langdon Hill, Tilbury.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rushmere St Andrew.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wickford, Essex.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Fobbing, Essex.

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

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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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