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25th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 900 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Merseburg, Leuna synthetic oil plant, Bingen marshalling yard and several targets. All bombing utilises Pathfinder technique due to very heavy clouds. Escorting fighters fly over 800 sorties. Over 65 heavy bombers fail to return from mission but many land safely in Allied occupied territory. 36th Bomber Squadron starts daily operations as a screening force for bomb divisions. It is assigned task of protecting the Eighth's primary VHF and fighters-to-bomber command from interception during assembly. Increase of flak batteries around Wehrmacht military and industrial installations soon compels the 36th to increase radar countermeasures on each mission. The squadron remains on this assignment until end of war in Europe.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division hits Landau ordnance arsenal, road junctions, and ammunition dump at Neustadt and Kaiserslautern. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division and Eighth Air Force, fly armed reconnaissance over Germany, and support ground forces East of Aachen and between Merzig and Sarreguemines.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather again hampers operations. 3 fighters groups fly only 53 sorties against railway targets and targets North of United States Fifth Army battle area, cutting lines at 14 places and destroying several vehicles.

Fifteenth Air Force. During 24-25 November 1944, over 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Linz benzol plant, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, and Munich West marshalling yards, and 2 unidentified targets. During the day P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces in Bhamo area. 24 bomb an airfield at Kawlin while 8 more strafe Tabingaung airfield and town area. 12 attack Meza railroad station and boxcars in nearby bridge area, storage and personnel areas in Lashio area and at Nawngyang, Ashang, and Man Mao. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe targets along Wuntho Shwebo rail line. Transports fly 325 sorties to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit warehouses, village and town areas at Lashio and Wanling. 6 attack rail targets, trucks, and buildings at Phu Lang Thuong. 75 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack river, road, and rail traffic, troops, buildings, and other targets at several Thailand, Burma, South China, and North Indochina locations, including areas around Lampang, Paoching, Ankang, Ishan, Hochih, Bhre, Namsang, Mongyu, and Phu Lang Thuong.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers range over wide areas of Masbate, Cebu, Leyte, and surrounding waters, attacking shipping, airfields, bivouacs, and a variety of targets. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit airfields on Ceram and Boeroe and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance over North Borneo hit shipping and other targets. During 25-26 November 1944, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields in Northeast Celebes and Halmahera.

Seventh Air Force. 7 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorting photo aircraft over Bonin and Kazan Islands, bomb Chichi Jima, Muko Jima, and Haha Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers aborts an armed photo mission over Matsuwa due to weather and instead radar bombs Kurabu airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cancel a shipping sweep due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wanstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chislehurst.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit High Holborn.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Great Warley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Deptford.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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