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3rd December 1944

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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 2-3 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.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wennington, near Rainham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Burnham on Crouch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Herongate, near Brentwood.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wickford.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Grays Thurrock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bexley.

M801 Minesweeper
Commissioned 3 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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