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31st October 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Weather forbids bomber operations and limits fighters. XII and XIX Tactical Air Commands fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance over East France and West Germany. XII Tactical Air Command also supports United States Seventh Army elements in Metz area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridge and causeway at Nervesa della Battaglia and bridges at Montebello and Piazzola sul Brenta. Fighter-bombers attack guns and positions in battle area South of Bologna in the Apennines, and command and shipping targets in Po Valley and on Po River.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo and weather reconnaissance. 174 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, dispatched against target in Yugoslavia, are forced to return because of weather.

Tenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack occupied areas and supply areas at Namun, Bhamo, and Nakang, and railroad bridges, locomotive shelters, and rolling stock along the Kyaikthin Naba line. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets from Katha to Bhamo along the Irrawaddy River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit shipping targets at Swatow and Amoy. About 70 fighters support Chinese ground forces by pounding positions in Lungling area. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters bomb railroad bridge at Pengpu.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Kairatoe airfield and Saharoe village. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters hit Loloda and Soasioe. P-38 Lightning fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers, concentrating on airfields, attack Samate, Efman, Sagan, and Doom Island.

Seventh Air Force. During 31 October 1944 to 1 November 1944, a United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score direct hits on a cannery at Tomari Cape and leave nearby buildings burning. 1 of 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit by antiaircraft heads for and safely lands in USSR.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hanwell Golf Course.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Surrey commercial docks.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bexleyheath.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hendon, Kingsbury area.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Orpington.

R185 R-boat
Sunk 31 October 1944

R195 R-boat
Sunk 31 October 1944

R258 R-boat
Commissioned 31 October 1944

R265 R-boat
Launched 31 October 1944

R405 R-boat
Commissioned 31 October 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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