Eighth Air Force. Almost 600 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers attack targets in battle area of West
Germany, including 8 marshalling yards, 4 rail bridges, 2
rail junctions, cities of Hildesheim and Eckfeld, and 13 targets.
4 fighters groups fly support. 5 other groups on sweeps engage
about 200 Luftwaffe fighters in combat, claiming about 30
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th
Bomber Division attacks rail bridges, command centres, and
targets in Germany and Belgium. Fighters escort bombers, fly
patrols and armed reconnaissance, and support United States
3d Armoured and 82d Airborne Divisions in Manhay and Trois-Ponts
area, and III, VIII, and XII Corps in Saint-Hubert, Bastogne,
Twelfth Air Force. On 26
December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc
light bombers bomb pontoon bridges at Ficarolo, road bridges
at Ostiglia and Castel Maggiore, San Benedetto Po crossing,
Turin airfield, and several Po Valley roads. Medium bombers
blast 3 Brenner area routes leading into Austria and Yugoslavia,
and bomb 2 supply dumps in Bologna area. Fighter-bombers devote
main effort to support United States Fifth Army in Serchio
Valley area where counterattacks are being successfully halted.
Other fighter-bombers hit command in Po Valley and escort
medium bombers and C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft dropping
supplies to Italian partisans.
Fifteenth Air Force. 520 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers bomb Vosendorf oil refinery, Linz ordnance depot,
marshalling yards at Wiener Neustadt, Villach, Klagenfurt,
Bruck an der Mur, Graz, and Maribor, Feldbach railroad junction,
Brenner rail line, Venzone viaduct, and Vipiteno and Bressanone
railroad bridges. 44 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb bridges
at Latisana and Casarsa della Delizia. 29 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
strafe railroad targets between Vienna and Linz. Other fighters
fly over 250 escort sorties.
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges at Kin and Kyaukhlebein,
damaging the former. 28 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop
and supply areas at Se-hai, Man Hkam, Mong Yok, and Mong Nge.
285 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. 4 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers continue offensive reconnaissance against command
lines during 27-28
Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb area West of Kengtung. 2
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters hit Ishan
area. 29 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack
area South of Puchi. 17 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers over
White Cloud, Whampoa, and Tien Ho airfields claim 10 aeroplanes
destroyed. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost. 40 P-40
fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets at or
near Kweiyi, Vinh Yen, Lungan, Mong Long, Mong Khong, and
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb San Jose-Talisay and Matina
airfields. Small miscellaneous strikes are carried out over
Borneo, Celebes, and Lesser Sunda Islands.
Twentieth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's and crews of 313th Bomber
Wing (VH), commanded by Colonel John H Davies, begin to arrive
on Tinian, joining the 73d Bomber Wing as the XXI Bomber Command's
second operational wing. 39 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's
from the Marianas bomb Tokyo's Nakajima and Musashino aircraft
plants. 13 attack alternates and targets. Enemy fighters are
active, flying over 250 individual attacks on the very heavy
bombers. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's claim 21 downed.
3 very heavy bombers are lost, 1 to fighters and 2 to mechanical
Seventh Air Force. 13 Saipan based United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima while
21 more bomb Chichi Jima. 35 from Guam also pound Iwo Jima
while P-38 Lightning fighters strafe the island on which 2
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also make snooper strikes during
(A-9) missile launched on 27 December 1944.
launched against England, hit Navestock.
launched against England, hit Downham Area.
launched against England, hit Waltham Holy Cross.
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