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27th December 1944

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Events On This Day

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 kills.

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, Martelange area.

Twelfth Air Force. On 26-27 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 December 1944.

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 Namtao.

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 difficulties.

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 27-28 December 1944.

Aggregate 4b (A-4b) Aggregate 9 (A-9) missile launched on 27 December 1944.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Navestock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Downham Area.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Waltham Holy Cross.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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