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25th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 18 targets (mostly rail bridges and command centres) in the tactical area West of the Rhine. 9 escorting fighters groups encounter over 300 Luftwaffe fighters and claim more than 40 kills.

Ninth Air Force. Almost 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit rail and road bridges, command centres and targets in West Germany and breakthrough area. Fighters, including an Eighth Air Force group loaned to Ninth, escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols and armed reconnaissance, and support United States III, VIII, and XII Corps along South battle line of Wehrmacht salient from Echternach to North West of Neufchateau.

Twelfth Air Force. Clearing weather in Po Valley permits fighter-bombers to successfully cut numerous rail lines running North to Brenner Pass, and lines in East Po Valley, destroying or damaging several locomotives.

Fifteenth Air Force. 253 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Brux synthetic oil plant and main marshalling yard at Wels. 145 others bomb marshalling yards at Plattling, Villach, Hall, Graz, Innsbruck (2), and Rosswein and Innsbruck antiaircraft position and rail siding. Over 30 fighters escort Brux Wels Rosswein Plattling raids. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance escort and cover Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on Yugoslav supply run.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe troop concentrations and supplies at Mabein. 8 others sweep Burma Road stretches and strafe Lashio airfield. Transports fly 259 sorties delivering men and supplies to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 fighter-bombers knock out bridge at Wan Pa-Hsa. 22 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound railroad ferry, damage tanker at Nanking, and hit nearby airfield, claiming 13 aeroplanes destroyed. 30 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance hit various targets around Yungning, Kunming, Kiungshan, Paoching, Wanling, Man Pong, and Mong Long.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters support, bomb Mabalacat, Sasa, Sandakan and Jesselton airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter-bombers, hit Galela area. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers pound Mindanao and Halmahera Island targets again during several smaller raids throughout the day.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan continue night strikes against Iwo Jima during 25-26 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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