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5th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack munitions and tank works at Berlin, Munster marshalling yard, and 10 targets. 15 escorting fighters groups encounter an estimated 275 to 300 fighters and claim 90 destroyed.

Ninth Air Force 172 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack marshalling yard, road junction, fuel storage dump, defended positions, and rail bridge at 8 West German locations. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly numerous armed reconnaissance missions, and provide cover for United States 1st, 8th, and 104th Infantry Divisions in Luchem, Bergstein, and Lucherberg areas.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather severely restricts operations. Medium bombers missions are cancelled except for a weather reconnaissance flight. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit a few rail lines and other command targets in East Po Valley but devote major effort to closely support United States Fifth Army in battle area South of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather again cancels heavy bomber operations. P-38 Lightning fighters, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, fly photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces in Bhamo area. 25 fighter-bombers hit Hay-ti, Meza, and 3 other road bridges. 20 fighter-bombers attack town areas, troop concentrations and storage facilities in or near Kawngwai, Kunmong, Settawagon, and Thitpoklwin. 8 attack targets along Shwebo Wuntho rail line. Transports complete 285 sorties carrying troops to forward bases and dropping supplies to front line forces. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb command centre, supplies, and personnel concentration at Mogok. On this date Tenth Air Force aeroplanes begin Operation GRUBWORM, flying Chinese 14th and 22d Divisions from Burma to China in preparation for Yunnan campaign to counter a probable Japanese drive toward Kunming.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on sweeps over Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea, and Formosa Srait bomb Fort Bayard and Kowloon Docks and damage a freighter. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound targets from Liuchow to Liuchenghsien. 61 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance hit river, road, and rail traffic and other targets at scattered points mainly in South China.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Hate Tabako, Galela, and Djailolo airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers lightly raid Miti and Kaoe airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Langoan while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying in pairs hit targets nearby and in North Borneo. Fighter-bombers over Central Phil area hit Japanese positions, barges, and command targets.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan strafe runway on Pagan.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off for a strike on Kakumabetsu abort due to weather. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cancel a shipping sweep.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woodham Ferrers.

R43 R-boat
Is removed from active service.

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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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