Eighth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers attack 3 marshalling yards and 2 bridges
at Andernach, Neuwied, Sinzig, and Niederlahnstein, and 3
other targets in West German battle area. 5 fighters groups
fly escort and 2 others fly sweeps in Bonn area.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th
Bomber Division attacks road junctions, rail bridges, rail
head, command and casual targets in breakthrough area as Wehrmacht's
westward drive ends short of the Maas River. Fighters fly
escort, armed reconnaissance, sweeps, and support United States
III and VIII Corps South of Bastogne, as United States 4th
Armoured Division breaks ring around the city.
Twelfth Air Force. Good weather permits operations in force
for first time in several days. During 25
December 1944, A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb area between
battle line and Bologna, attack lights, motor transport, and
railroads in Po Valley, and hit Vicenza airfield. During the
day medium bombers concentrate on Brenner Pass and hit Padua,
San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Ponte di Piave, Dolce, Pordenone
railroad bridge, and 2 dumps in Bologna area. Fighter-bombers
bomb railways, especially Brenner line, bridges in Po Valley,
and Northeast Italy, support United States Fifth Army forces
South of Bologna and in Serchio River Valley where the Wehrmacht
ground forces begin series of counter-attacks, and hit shipping
at La Spezia and Genoa.
Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 380 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers bomb Odertal, Blechhammer South, and
Auschwitz oil refineries, railroad bridge at Ora and viaduct
at Avisio, plus scattered targets 26 P-38 Lightning fighters
bomb railroad bridge at Latisana. P-38 Lightning fighters
and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort the heavy bomber missions.
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers knock out and damage bridges at Taunggon,
Padan, and Kyaukhlebein. 34 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit
troop concentrations at Panghai, Mongyu, Na-hsang, Man Om,
and Hpa-lin. 8 others hit stores area and distributing point
at Hsenwi, 11 attack supplies at Pangpao, and 2 bomb rafts,
boats, and landing points at Myitson ferry. 4 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers fly offensive night reconnaissance against
command lines. 275 transport sorties are flown to forward
Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wan Lai-Kam. 5 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit targets in Formosa Strait, in Siang Chiang
Valley, and at Ikiawan and Changsha. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
attack Tsinan airfield. 46 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-38
Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters hit railroad targets,
shipping, storage and other targets at or near Kinkiang, Anking,
Ka-chun, Lampang, Monglong Valley, and Man Pong.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Clark Field. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit Matina airfield, shipping in Davao River,
and bomb nearby Samal Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
hit Libby airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, and fighter-bombers hit Galela, Lolobata, and
Hate Tabako. Miscellaneous attacks by other Far East Air Force
(FEAF) aeroplanes are flown against targets in North Borneo,
Northeast Celebes, and Halmahera.
Seventh Air Force. 13 Guam based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima. 3 from
Saipan fly armed reconnaissance and bomb Marcus. 2 heavy bombers
from the Marianas strike Iwo Jima during 26-27
launched against England, hit Nazeing.
launched against England, hit Islington.
launched against England, hit Pitsea.
launched against England, hit Dartford Marshes.
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