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4th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Kassel, Soest, Bebra, Giessen, and Mainz and as secondary targets Friedberg and Koblenz marshalling yards, along with city of Fulda, and several unidentified targets. 15 fighters groups fly support. Most of the 70 fighters and heavy bombers failing to return to United Kingdom land safely on the Continent.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents bomber operations. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance and support United States 1st, 8th, and 104th Infantry Divisions at Luchem, Bergstein, and East of Inde River and XII and XX Corps in drive toward the Saar River and around Saarlautern.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit defences in Bagnacavallo and Faenza areas and ammunition dump at Tortona. XXII Tactical Air Command aircraft hit targets in United States Fifth Army battle area South of Bologna in the Apennines and command to the North of the battle zone. During 3-4 December 1944, light bombers again bomb targets in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters bomb railroad bridge at Zenica. 14 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and escort missions. Bad weather prevents heavy bomber bombing.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack and damage bridges at Kawnghka, Namyao, Nampawng, Namhkai, and Hsenwi and demolish main bridge at Ho-kho. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Bhamo area. 60 fighter-bombers hit enemy held positions, troop concentrations, supply areas, warehouses, and general targets at Man Mau, Nwegyo, Hkayanzatkon, Mogok, Pangpong, Namahokgyi, Kyusa, Man Maw, Mongnaw, and Man Htam. Transports fly 308 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 12 P-40 fighters, hit bridges, buildings, and river, road, and rail traffic at several points in China, Indochina, and Burma including Lashio, Kutkai, Namhkai, Saiping, Hsiangcheng, Lingling, Kweilin area, between Minkiang and Sinantien, and between Sinyang and Saiping. 90 fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance pound numerous targets from Hsenwi to Nanning, Lang Son, and Namhkai and across South China from Burma border to Amoy.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Marcus while 3 from Saipan bomb Pagan. Snooper missions continue as 2 Marianas based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima during 4-5 December 1944.

Eleventh Air Force. A weather aircraft aborts shortly after take off.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tilbury.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Canewdon, near Rochford.

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