Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels bomber operations. Fighters
fly defensive patrols and armed reconnaissance, hitting rails
and bridges and dive-bomb targets in West Germany including
marshalling yard at Grevenbroich. 104th Infantry Division
is supported as it extends Inde River bridgehead beyond Lucherberg,
United States 1st Infantry Division as it seizes Luchem, United
States 8th Infantry Division in Brandenberger Forest Tiefenbach
Creek area, and units of United States XII Corps at Sarre
Union as it checks a counter-attack.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather hampers operations. Many missions
are aborted. Medium bombers score effective hits only on bridge
East of Mantua. 57th and 350th Fighter Groups fly 60 sorties
against targets in United States Fifth Army battle area South
of Bologna and against command in North Italy. During 2
December 1944, light bombers bomb lights throughout Po Valley.
Fifteenth Air Force. 85 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers bomb Vienna Southeast freight depot, Linz industrial
area, marshalling yards at Innsbruck, Villach, and Klagenfurt,
and various targets. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers and fly reconnaissance
and reconnaissance escort. 14 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in Yugoslavia.
Tenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters continue close support of ground forces
attacking Bhamo. 18 others damage road bridges at Hay-ti and
Tonbo and 6 attack several railroad bridges in North Burma.
4 drop delay-fuse bombs on Myitson ferry landing. 30 fighter-bombers
hit troop and equipment concentrations, fuel and other supplies,
artillery, ammunition dumps, and general town areas in or
near Hopaw, Loipao, Man Kat, Namhpai, and Indaw. 9 strafe
targets along Shwebo Wuntho rail line. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers during 3-4
December 1944, destroy train on Tangon railroad bridge and
attack several other targets. 323 transport sorties are flown
to forward bases and front line areas.
Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers place delayed action bombs near
Pengpu bridge. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 10 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Sintsiang storage area. 67 fighter-bombers
on armed reconnaissance blast trucks, railroad targets, warehouses,
shipping and other targets at Wanling, Loyang, Yuncheng, HeiShih
Kuan, Wuhu, and particularly in areas around Shihhweiyao and
from Hengyang to Siangtan and Lingling.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strikes include raids against
Malimpoeng and Mandai. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound
4 airfields on Halmahera while A-20 Havoc light bombers attack
Point Noejew. Fighter-bombers hit storage area at Palompon
and airfields near Masbate.
Twentieth Air Force. Nearly 70 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) XXI Bomber Command B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's
based in the Marianas bomb Musashino aircraft plant and docks
and urban areas at Tokyo. 6 very heavy bombers are lost.
Seventh Air Force. 17 Guam based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Iwo Jima. 7 others,
escorting photo aeroplanes over Bonin and Kazan Islands, bomb
Haha Jima and Iwo Jima. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper
missions from the Marianas during 3-4
December 1944, continue to bomb Iwo Jima.
launched against England, hit Rainham.
launched against England, hit Wennington, near Rainham.
launched against England, hit Burnham on Crouch.
launched against England, hit Greenwich.
launched against England, hit Herongate, near Brentwood.
launched against England, hit Wickford.
launched against England, hit near Erith.
launched against England, hit Grays Thurrock.
launched against England, hit Bexley.
Commissioned 3 December 1944
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