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30th November 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike 4 synthetic oil plants at Bohlen, Zeitz, Merseburg, Leuna, and Lutzkendorf, and marshalling yards at Neunkirchen and Homburg, Saar. 16 Eighth Air Force and 3 Ninth Air Force fighters groups providing escort encounter sporadic fighters opposition. Intense accurate flak downs at least 29 heavy bombers of a total loss of around 40.

Ninth Air Force. 288 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack defended villages of Vettweiss, Stockheim, Erp, and Pirmasens, armed vehicle repair centre at Gemund, a rail tunnel, a military camp at Malsbenden, and marshalling yard at Zweibrucken. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, give area support to Eighth Air Force heavy bombers at Leipzig, fly sweeps, dive bombing missions, and reconnaissance over West Germany, and support elements of United States VII Corps in Hurtgen area (especially 104th Division at Lammersdorf and Inden).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Romano di Lombardia and Crema. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack command in Po Valley, cutting rail lines and destroying a large number of railroad cars and motor transport. Targets also include bridges, guns, and buildings.

Fifteenth Air Force. On 29-30 November 1944, 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Linz benzol plant. 3 others hit marshalling yards at Villach, Klagenfurt, and Gmunden. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit marshalling yards at Munich and Innsbruck. During day P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance over Yugoslavia, Italy, and Germany.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out and damage bridges at Bawgyo, Namhkai, and Hsenwi. 16 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces at Bhamo. Town of Pinwe is found to be free of enemy forces. About 70 fighter-bombers attack troops and supply areas at several locations including Molo, Naungmo, Namun, Hkumpen, Myadaung, Kutkai, Kanbalu, Kyauk, and Natpe. 13 others attack bridges at Meza and in Bawdwin area. 8 strafe targets along Kyaukme Panglong road. 321 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers damage 2 railroad bridges and several buildings at Phu Lang Thuong and Phu Ly. 11 bomb 5 warehouses and several other buildings at Lashio, and Wanling. 9 fighter-bombers hit shipping, rail targets, and troops at various points in Thailand. 23 fighter-bombers attack targets in Chefang area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in major strikes of the day hit Malimpoeng and Parepare, Legaspi airfield, Matina airfield, and 4 airfields on Halmahera. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Dumaguete airfield. Fighter-bombers, heavy bombers, and medium bombers fly armed reconnaissance, harassing strikes, and light raids over various areas of Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and Philippine Islands.

Seventh Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb airfields on Iwo Jima. 8 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorting photo aeroplanes over the Kazan and Bonin Islands, bomb Haha Jima. 37 from Angaur hit Legaspi airfield. During 29-30 November 1944, 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan, bomb Iwo Jima airfield during snooper missions.

Eleventh Air Force. A weather sortie is the only mission.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Leystonstone.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Foulness Point.

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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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