Eighth Air Force. 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers hit 5 oil refineries, an aircraft plant, U-boat
yards, 2 airfields, targets in North Germany, 6 bridges, 3
command centres, 3 marshalling yards, a detraining point,
a city area, several targets in West Germany and Helgoland
Island. 14 escorting fighters groups engage about 150 Luftwaffe
fighters, mostly in Hamburg area, and claim about 60 kills.
Heavy bombers lose 14 to the fighters, and claim 26 fighters
Ninth Air Force. Weather grounds bombers. fighters fly sweeps
and armed reconnaissance, attacking numerous ground targets.
XIX Tactical Air Command supports United States III, VIII,
and XX Corps around Bastogne and between Mosel and Saar Rivers
in Merzig area.
Twelfth Air Force. During 30
December 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc
light bombers again fly intruder missions, bombing a variety
of targets, including motor transport, bridges, and railroads
in Po Valley. During the day medium bombers hit bridge at
Bodrez, railroads at Piazzola Sul Brenta and near Padua, and
a dump. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers destroy
5 and damage 2 railway bridges in Po Valley, cut rail lines
at numerous places, destroy several locomotives, and destroy
or damage 200 railway cars.
Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters strafe Laihka, Namsang, Aungban, Kunlon,
and Heho airfields. 5 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage bridge
at Namhkai. A total of 65 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38
Lightning fighters hit Japanese Divisional Headquarters at
Ongyaw and troop concentrations and supply areas at Mongmit,
Nawngka, Kawngtawng, Pangnim, Mong Tat, Kutkai, and Man Namman.
A few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly night harassment missions
against airfields. About 300 transport sorties are flown to
forward areas throughout the day.
Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 1 freighter sunk and another
damaged off Hainan Island. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
damage 2 bridges and destroy or damage 5 buildings at Mong
Ping. 35 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack
troops, horses, town areas, and railroad targets at or near
Hankow, Saiping, Siangtan, Hengyang, Lingling, and Kweilin.
29 other fighters on armed reconnaissance hit targets at several
points in North Indochina, East Burma, and South China.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb airfields in Central Phil, on Luzon and Mindanao. Other
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ambesia airfield, hit Dili,
and pound airfields and supply areas throughout Halmahera
Island. Fighter-bombers are active against airfields, shipping,
antiaircraft guns, and various targets on Halmahera and in
Twentieth Air Force. General Hansell and his XXI Bomber Command
Forward Echelon Headquarters staff close Saipan Headquarters
and move to Guam where ground echelon arrived in early December
Seventh Air Force. From Guam 19 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima airfields
during the day. 10 more heavy bombers hit the island with
individual harassment raids over a 6 hour period during 31
December 1944 to 1
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launched against England, hit Ramsden Heath.
launched against England, hit Enfield.
launched against England, hit Rush Green, Romford.
launched against England, hit Noak Hill, near Brentwood.
launched against England, hit Stow Maries, near Maldon.
launched against England, hit near Shoeburyness.
launched against England, hit Cavey Island.
launched against England, hit Islington.
Sunk 31 December 1944
Commissioned 31 December 1944
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