Eighth Air Force. Almost 1,200 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers in 5 forces attack 3 oil refineries,
Neumunster airfield and aircraft repair works, synthetic oil
targets at Gelsenkirchen and Scholven, Buer, and several other
targets including marshalling yards at Munster and Hamm. 11
fighters groups provide support.
Ninth Air Force. First Tactical Air Force (Provisional) is
established, but not yet organised, therefore Ninth Air Force
continues to administer, supply, and control all XII Tactical
Air Command and assigned units until mid November 1944, when
First Tactical Air Force assumes full control. 9th Bomber
Divisions missions are cancelled because of bad weather. Fighters
fly sweeps, hit rail and military targets in Saarbrucken area,
and support United States XIX Corps in West Germany.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather again grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers
blast guns, vehicles, and command in battle area South of
Bologna while fighters destroy over 20 locomotives in Piacenza
Fifteenth Air Force. Weather again limits operations. 3 B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Klagenfurt aircraft factory
and Sankt Veit and der Glan marshalling yard. 5 P-38 Lightning
fighters complete 3 weather reconnaissance missions.
Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters
damage railroad tracks at Dara bridge. 7 P-38 Lightning fighters
and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Mongyu bridges and destroy
Kawnghka bridge. 4 others strafe Nawnghkio airfield. 20 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance
attack targets at Tengyun, Kweiping, and Ssuanghsu, and about
50 strike targets throughout Menghsu area.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). 50 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by P-38 Lightning
fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, attack naval forces
in Mindanao Sea, firing small vessels and claiming a light
cruiser damaged. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ambesia
airfield and attack shipping in Makassar Kendari area. Fighter-bombers
hit barges and villages in areas of Dodinga and Wasile Bays.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and
fighter-bombers hit Piroe, Boela, Halong, Amboina, Saparoea,
Haroekoe, and North Ceram coastal targets. A-20 Havoc light
bombers pound supply and fuel dumps in Sarmi area.
Twentieth Air Force. 59 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, flying out of Chengtu,
bomb aircraft plant at Omura. Several other very heavy bombers
hit alternate targets and targets.
Seventh Air Force. 29 Saipan based United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima during
the morning. Later during the day 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
from Saipan and Guam, on armed reconnaissance missions, bomb
Yap. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan bomb Pagan.
launched against England, hit Rawreth, Essex.
Sunk 25 October 1944
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