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28th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 9 marshalling yards, 4 bridges, and several cities and targets in West German tactical area. 11 groups of P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly support. 4 other fighters groups sweep Bonn, Koblenz area.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents all combat operations except night-fighters missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack troop concentration at Aulla, dump at Mirabello Monferrato, 3 rail lines from Austria and Yugoslavia into Northeast Italy by hitting bridges at Chiusaforte and Bodrez, and viaduct at Borovnica. XXII Tactical Air Command planes support United States Fifth Army in Serchio Valley, where counter-attacks are repulsed, hit roads and bridges, and destroy a number of vehicles, many at a motor transport depot near Aulla which the fighters bomb and strafe. During 27-28 December 1944, light bombers bomb lights and motor transport at almost 50 places throughout Po Valley and Brenner area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 480 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Regensburg oil storage and freight yard in Germany, marshalling yards at Zwettl, Amstetten, Kallwang, Hieflau, and Salzburg, oil refineries at Kralupy nad Vltava, Kolin, and Pardubice, oil storage and sidings at Roudnice nad Labem, Nymburk railroad bridge at Kammern, Brenner rail line, and Bressanone and Venzone railroad bridges. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly over 350 sorties in support of heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridge at Nampawng and damage others at Man Pwe and Hsenwi. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers destroy bridges at Kin and Kyaukhlebein, hit an already unserviceable bridge at Padon, damage a bypass road at Lashio and bomb troop concentrations, supplies, and artillery at Mong Hseng, Mong Tat, and Kathe. 297 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue offensive reconnaissance over command lines during 28-29 December 1944.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 fighter-bombers hit town areas, railroad targets, and gun positions in Hengyang Leiyang area. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack Gia Lam airfield, pounding barracks area, hangars, shops, and railroad facilities. 40 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over South China and over Indochina hit targets at several locations including areas around Anking, Kinkiang, Wanling, Mongyu, Namtao, Yungning, Hanoi, Lang Son, Man Pong, Siangtan, and Yuncheng.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Laha, Kairatoe, and Haroekoe airfields while fighter-bombers hit Namlea airfield. In Soembawa Flores Island area, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Japanese shipping. Far East Air Force (FEAF) fighters and bombers on numerous small raids hit targets on Palawan, Mindanao, Borneo, Celebes, Halmahera, Timor and Tanimbar Islands, Lingayen Gulf, and West of Mindoro Island.

Seventh Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying out of Saipan, bomb airfields on Iwo Jima which is hit again during 28-29 December 1944, when heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan fly 2 single plane strikes.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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