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3rd October 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Nearly 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 3 airfields West of Nurnberg, city of Nurnberg, synthetic oil works at Wesseling, and a motor works and airfield in Karlsruhe area (all assigned targets), and hit several other targets in Nurnberg, Cologne, Karlsruhe areas. 16 fighters groups give escort.

Ninth Air Force. 220 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers sent to bomb targets at Duren, Aldenhoven, and Arnhem are recalled because of weather. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance over West Germany, hit railroads West of Rhine, and support United States Third Army in Metz area. IX Air Defence Command continues night patrols.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers continue to pound road and rail bridges and fuel dumps in Po Valley. Light bombers, fighter-bombers, and fighters of XII Fighter Command hit fuel dumps, rail lines, and transportation in the Valley and support United States Fifth Army forces in battle areas in the North Apennines South and South West of Bologna and North of the Arno River Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. For the eighth consecutive day bad weather prevents bombing operations.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Troop Carriers fly 240 sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Pingnam, trucks and river craft in Wuchou, Samshui, and Canton areas, and bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud airfields. 100 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters continue armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of China South of the Yangtze, attacking river craft, road traffic, troops, town areas, and other targets. Hsinganhsien, Pingnam, and Chuanhsien areas are covered exceptionally well.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). For second time United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil refineries in Balikpapan area, medium bombers hit shipping and bomb Sanana. Medium bombers smash Kaoe runway and bomb Galela. Medium bombers and heavy bombers over Ceram Amboina hit barge and coastal targets and pound Taka airfield, while fighter-bombers attack Halong seaplane base and Namlea and Haroekoe airfields. On Vogelkop Peninsula fighter-bombers again hit Fak Fak and Otawiri.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit shipping in the Bonins while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound gun positions, buildings, and wharf on Pagan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on special reconnaissance missions bomb airfields at Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying offshore reconnaissance over Onnekotan, Harumukotan, and Shasukotan also strafe several small vessels.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Beeston St Lawrence.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hopton, near Lowestoft.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mill farm, Gt Witichingham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hellesdon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Darrow farm, Denton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wanstead.

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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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