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29th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 750 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike 5 marshalling yards, 4 bridges, 6 command centres, dock area, 5 city areas, and several targets in West Germany. 10 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly close escort and 2 groups later strafe rail transportation. 3 other groups fly area support.

Ninth Air Force. Weather causes recall of over 100 bombers except for 7 which bomb Saint-Vith command centre and Keuchingen road bridge. XIX Tactical Air Command flies armed reconnaissance over Belgium and Germany and supports United States III, VIII, and XII Corps in Neufchateau, Bastogne, Arlon areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 28-29 December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers pound motor transports, ferry crossings, road bridges, rail line, and targets throughout North West and North Central Po Valley. Medium bombers during the day blast the Rovereto bridge and Lavis viaduct, attack several bridges in Northeast Italy destroying centre span of bridge at Pordenone, and severely damage bridge at Motta di Livenza. Fighter-bombers concentrate on command targets in extreme West end of battle area, with excellent results on bridges in Massa Lombarda area and destroy numerous vehicles and several locomotives.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Innsbruck, Passau, Rosenheim, Landshut, Salzburg, and Verona (2), Brenner rail line, Castelfranco Veneto and Udine locomotive repair depots, and Bressanone railroad bridge. 14 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb road bridge South of Rosenheim. Around 300 other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort and reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troops and supplies at Panma. 15 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit supply area at Twinnge and troop concentration at Wetwun. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue armed night reconnaissance over command facilities. Transports fly 289 sorties to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets from Dong Hoa to Lang Son. 37 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack Gia Lam airfield and hit various targets East of Man Pong, East of Tsingsinghsien, North of Mongyu, and at Shanhsien and Hei-Shih Kuan.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sasa airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit Namlea. Fighter-bombers hit Northeast Celebes airfields while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Limboeng. Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly small strikes against a wide range of targets in North Borneo, Central Philippine Islands, South Luzon, and on Timor.

Seventh Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, based on Guam, pound Iwo Jima which is bombed again for a 6-hr period during 29-30 December 1944, by 9 heavy bombers, flying at varying intervals.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a fighters decoy mission abort due to weather. 2 of them are missing on return flight. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Kataoka.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Southminster.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Mundon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Burnham on Croutch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tillingham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Brentwood.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barking.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Croydon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Shotgate near Wickford.

R412 R-boat
Commissioned 29 December 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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