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2nd December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Around 275 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Bingen, Oberlahnstein, and Koblenz, Lutzel, along with a railroad and 4 targets. Over 150 heavy bombers abort because of heavy clouds. 8 fighters groups fly support, encounter over 100 fighters and claim 17 destroyed. Fighters down 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers at Bingen. 3 fighters groups fly sweeps over Cologne, Kassel, Mannheim, Frankfurt Main area, meet about 50 fighters and claim 15 destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. 210 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb areas of Saarlautern, Ensdorf, and Fraulautern. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly armed reconnaissance over West Germany (targets hit include marshalling yard and bridges), and support United States 1st Infantry Division at Luchem, 104th Infantry Division at Inden, and 8th Infantry Division in Brandenberger Forest Tiefenbach Creek area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit several bridges in North and Northeast Italy, scoring effective hits on 2 bridges across the Piave and Brenta Rivers and 4 on the Brenner line. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack command in Po Valley and support United States Fifth Army forces in battle area South of Bologna. On 1-2 December 1944, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Ghedi airfield and targets in North Central Po Valley and trains on Brenner line.

Fifteenth Air Force. Around 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Blechhammer North and South, Odertal and Vienna, Floridsdorf oil refineries, and Strasshof and Celldomolk marshalling yard and Medvedov highway bridge, plus scattered targets in Central and East Europe. Fighters fly escort and carry out reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers fly close support strikes in Bhamo battle sector. Supply areas, ammunition dumps, personnel and tank concentrations, and strongholds at Mayathein, Kwingyi, Nanthe, Hsai-hkao, Hsenwi, Man Hkam, Wuntho, Tedaw, and Old Lashio are hit by 60 fighter-bombers. 16 others hit rolling stock on rail line between Hsipaw and Lashio and strafe supply train in Pangkyawng. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound several North Burma bridges, knocking out road bridges at Tonglau and Nam Nung and 2 railroad or barges at langon. transports fly 286 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage several buildings at Hsenwi. 39 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack troops, horses, trucks, railroad yards, shipping, storage facilities, and road machinery between Yungfengshih and Paoching, from Wanling to Lashio, in Chiuchiang area, North of Wanling and Nan-Tan, and at Kichang and Lashio.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Dumaguete, Matina, and Cagayan airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Borebore airfield and Kendari. Fighter-bombers in Central Phil and Mindanao support ground forces and hit supplies, command, and a variety of targets. Medium bombers bomb Namlea airfield and attack shipping off Ceram.

Seventh Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Iwo Jima. During 2-3 December 1944, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper missions from Saipan and Guam bomb airfields on Iwo Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ramsholt.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Benfleet.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lambeth.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Grays Thurrock.

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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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