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2nd October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, escorted by 17 groups of fighters, attack 4 assigned targets at Bettenhausen ordnance depot, Henschel plant and other Kassel areas, Cologne motor works, Hamm marshalling yard, and several targets in these areas. 15 heavy bombers and 11 fighters fail to return.

Ninth Air Force. IX Tactical Air Command moved advanced Headquarters to Verviers, maintaining close association with United States First Army. Headquarters XXIX Tactical Air Command (Provisional) goes into operation along with United States Ninth Army. This new Tactical Air Command is formed from elements of IX and XIX Tactical Air Command. 9th Bomber Division strikes industrial area of Ubach and defended positions at Herbach. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance (and later night patrol) over Belgium, East France, and West Germany and support United States First, Third, and Seventh Armies in East France and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers and restricts fighters to reconnaissance and patrols. During 1-2 October 1944, light bombers bomb targets in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Unfavourable weather again cancels bombing missions and limits operations to weather reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 49 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound several towns and bridges in Bhamo area and destroy buildings in Shwekyina, Kaungsin, Maingka, Kyungyi, Singan, and Kabani. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit North Burma railroad targets and troops at Man He and Manla. 7 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Kutkai while 8 sweep Lungling Loiwing area, destroying a warehouse at Selan. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers slightly damage road bridges North of Lashio. 4 others bomb and damage Namhkai road bridges and their vicinity. Troop Carrier aeroplanes fly 260 sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack town of Pingnam while 16 bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud airfields and town of Samshui. 70 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over South China attack various targets, chiefly river traffic and troop areas around Chuanhsien, Taochuan, Takhing, Wuchou, Dosing, and Wenchow peninsula, and attack shipping in Campha Port Hongay area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Laha airfield while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Haroekoe. P-38 Lightning fighters cover Laha raid, attack shipping in Seri and Amboina Bays and hit Amahai and Kairatoe airfields. Off Halmahera Island B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly barge sweep, bomb Laboehan, and attack coastal villages on Weda and Boeli Bays. P-40 fighters attack vessels off Tamoelol village and Misool Island and bomb Otawiri and Ransiki airfields.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Marcus and shipping West of Chichi Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. Photo reconnaissance missions, by 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers to Paramushiru and by 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers to Onnekotan, abort due to weather.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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