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2nd November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force is ordered to increase size of 406th Bomber Squadron (Night Leaflet), as liberation of Europe and conquest of Germany accelerate. About 1,100 heavy bombers in 5 separate forces attack synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, Leuna, Castrop-Rauxel, Sterkrade, and Bielefeld, Schildesche railroad and marshalling yard, along with several targets. Opposition is heavy with an estimated 500 fighters attacking, mainly against the Merseburg, Leuna force claiming 40 heavy bombers. The 17 escorting fighters groups lose 28 planes. Total of over 160 fighters are claimed destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. 147 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers of 9th Bomber Division attack rail bridges at Mayen, Euskirchen, Bullay, Konz Karthaus, and Trier. Fighters fly escort to 9th Bomber Division and Eighth Air Force, attack bridges, fly armed reconnaissance and night patrol, and provide support for ground forces in front line areas.

Twelfth Air Force. Clouds over Po Valley prevent medium bombers operations. XXII Tactical Air Command aircraft are also grounded due to unserviceable fields and bad weather over Italian battle areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather curtails operations. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery, while 2 others hit an airfield North of the city and bomb Klagenfurt. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters fly weather reconnaissance missions. All other operations are cancelled.

Tenth Air Force. Tenth Air Force moves from New Delhi to Myitkyina. 80 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit variety of targets. The fighter-bombers bomb bridge at Ho-hko, support ground forces at Myothit, bomb supply dumps at Namdaungmawn personnel and supply areas at Naungletgyi and Mawtaung, knock out bridge at Meza, hit nearby railroad cars, attack airfields at Nawnghkio and Sinlanzu and strike boats and boxcars South of Katha. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out 2 bridges at Tangon and Tantabin. A single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs Indaw. Transports fly 268 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over South West and Southeast China and North Indochina attack targets in Lungling and Mangshih area, knock out bridge at Dara and hit Nantingshun and Pinglo towns. The fighter-bombers also damage 4 factories at Kweilin, hit tanks and troop concentrations North of town, attack targets near Pinglo, Tahsu and East of Yungfu, and airfield, barracks, town area, and trains at Gia Lam.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Ormoc Bay attack Japanese convoy, claiming 1 transport sunk and another damaged. P-38 Lightning fighters hit smaller shipping in Ormoc Bay, strafe vehicles from Ormoc to Valencia, and bomb San Enrique. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Matina, Libby, Davao and Likanan airfields. During 2-3 November 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Makassar, concentrating on wharf area.

Twentieth Air Force. 17 Marianas based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb sub pens on Dublon Island.

Seventh Air Force. 11 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Chichi Jima. 3 from Guam, on armed reconnaissance, hit Marcus.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Suribachi and Onnekotan. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a photo and offensive sweep bomb targets at Torishima Islands and Hayakegawa setting fire to 15 buildings, including a cannery.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ditton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lewisham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Banstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Long Reach.

M603 Minesweeper
Launched 2 November 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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