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27th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Bingen and Offenburg marshalling yards and 5 targets, 5 fighters groups fly escort. 10 groups of fighters (2 of fighter-bombers) sent against oil targets in North Central Germany fail to locate primaries. Several fighter-bombers bomb and strafe rail targets and airfield in Stendal area. 8 groups are jumped by about 750 fighters (largest sighting to date) in Magdeburg, Munster, Hannover areas when the Luftwaffe mistake them for heavy bomber formations. United States fighters claim 98 destroyed against 11 losses. After combat 4 fighters groups resume strafing of ground targets.

Ninth Air Force. Weather forbids bomber missions. Fighters patrol over West Germany, dive-bomb bridge at Rurdorf, and support United States 104th, 8th, and 1st Infantry Divisions near Hurtgen and in Weisweiler Franz area, and XIX Corps (mainly 2d Armoured Division) at Merzenhausen.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds all missions except 5 weather reconnaissance sorties.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions. Bad weather cancels other operations.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly close support strikes in Pinwe area. 21 fighter-bombers destroy bridges at Inailong and Thegyaung and damage bridges at Ho-hko and Kawnghka. 60 fighter-bombers attack personnel and supply areas at Kutkai, Kyungon, Kodaungbo, Mongmit, Datwin, Man Namsawk, Old Lashio, and Ugingyi. Transports fly 280 sorties, carrying men and supplies to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Gia Lam. 17 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Hochih area, 6 bomb Phu Lang Thuong, and 8 pound warehouses at Lashio. 56 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over East Burma, North Indochina, and vast areas of South China attack town areas, railroad targets, bridges and other targets around Lampang, Phu Binh, Pachai, Ishan, Wanling, Chefang, Hsenwi, and Kawnghka.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Malogo, Bacolod and Daliao airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Namlea, Liang, and Laha airfields. A variety of Far East Air Force (FEAF) United States aircraft attack airfields, shipping, and targets on Celebes, North Borneo, and in the Halmahera and the Ceram areas.

Twentieth Air Force. Operating from Calcutta area, 55 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Bangsue railroad yards at Bangkok. 3 others hit individual targets. 81 Marianas based B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's fly against Tokyo. None of the very heavy bombers bomb the primary targets Musashino and Nakajima plants but 59 hit secondary (urban area and docks). 7 bomb Hamamatsu, a target. While the mission is in progress 11 enemy aeroplanes attack Isley Field on Saipan, destroying or damaging several B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. Antiaircraft and intercepting fighters down 10 aircraft.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan, escorted by 12 P-38 Lightning fighters, hit Iwo Jima. 29 more B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, from Guam, fly a second strike against the island. 25 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Del Monte airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sidcup.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chingford

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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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