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25th October 1944

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Events On This Day

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 area.

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.

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

R250 R-boat
Sunk 25 October 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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