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30th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 8 marshalling yards, 6 bridges, rail junction and city area, and 13 targets in West Germany. 11 fighters groups fly escort, 2 others fly area sweeps.

Ninth Air Force. Weather forces recall and cancellation of 9th Bomber Division and IX Tactical Air Command missions. XXIX Tactical Air Command flies armed reconnaissance over battle area and around Wallersheim and XIX Tactical Air Command covers large areas of France, Belgium, and Germany hitting numerous ground targets and supports United States III, VIII, and XII Corps in Saint-Hubert, Bastogne and Diekirch areas.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers concentrate major effort on rail line running North to Brenner Pass, hitting fill at Dolce and bridges at Calliano, Ala, and Santa Margherita d'Adige, and ammunition dump at Bologna. Fighter-bombers blast road bridges, support United States Fifth Army Southeast of La Spezia, and hit bridges in Mantua and Modena areas. During 29-30 December 1944, light bombers hit targets at numerous North Italian locations, including Ghedi airfield, and train South of Mantua.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out and damage bridges at Man Pwe, Ho-hko (2), and Inailong. 17 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast troop and supply area at Kyatpyin. 28 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit troops, supplies, and areas of enemy activity at Myethin, Manna, Nanponpon, Lawa, Sabenago, Hmattawmu, and Hosi. Transports complete 338 sorties to forward areas. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue single plane offensive reconnaissance over command lines during 30-31 December 1944.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damage a bridge West of Kengtung while 2 others Northeast of Thanh Moi damage a bridge, railroad tracks, and more than 40 boxcars. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack targets at several points including areas around Mong Nawng, Man Pong, Mong Long, Ka-chun, Shanhsien, Ichang, and Shayang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In the principal action of the day, fighter-bombers pound airfields in Central Phil, North Borneo, and North and South West Celebes while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit barge anchorage and supplies at Haroekoe. Smaller strikes by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and fighter-bombers are flown against shipping, oil targets, airfields, and targets throughout Philippine Islands and Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Seventh Air Force. 14 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima which is hit again over an almost 7 hour period, 30-31 December 1944, by 9 heavy bombers singly operating from Guam.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham, Prince Regent Lane.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Northfleet.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sutton at Hone.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stansgate Abbey, near Maldon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Orsett, Essex.

M607 Minesweeper
Launched 30 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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