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5th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 1,200 heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Frankfurt Main, Ludwigshafen, Karlsruhe, Hanau, and Kaiserslautern, and synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen, rail facilities at Landau, and 8 targets. 15 fighters groups give support. 37 heavy bombers and fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 160 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers strike ammunition, ordnance, and supply depots at Hamburg. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance, attack railroads and bridges, and cover ground forces of V and XIX Corps. IX Tactical Air Command aids United States 28th Infantry Division in withstanding counter-attack near Kommerscheidt.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers, flying over 300 sorties, bomb bridges in Brenner Pass and in the Northeast Po Valley to interdict the Wehrmacht's 2 main supply routes from the North. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit defences and forces in battle areas in the North Apennines South of Bologna and attack command targets to the North as well as in battle zone.

Fifteenth Air Force. 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Vienna, Floridsdorf oil refinery in largest operation against a single target during World War II. 10 other heavy bombers bomb about 20 scattered targets and 1 alternate target Kapfenberg tank works. 139 P-38 Lightning fighters and 198 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. 16 of the fighters strafe targets in target area. 42 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb troop concentrations at Mitrovica and Podgorica.

Tenth Air Force. Nearly 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Lashlo airfield, hit gun positions on Kyundaw Island, bomb Kanbalu marshalling yard, hit targets along Naba Wuntho railroad and on Burma Road and bomb town of Namhpakka and Lasai area. 28 other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters maintain patrols South of Myitkyina. Transports fly 300 sorties carrying men, equipment and supplies to various forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 49 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack storage facilities and other targets around Mangshih, Chefang, Wanling, and Kweihsien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-40 fighters attack airfields and barges in the Central Philippine Islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also hit town of Bima and Waingapoe Bay shipping at Soembawa. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers strike airfields, troop concentrations, and command targets throughout the Halmahera area and Northeast peninsula of Celebes. Fighter-bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Amahai and targets on South coast of Ceram. Almost 50 A-20 Havoc light bombers, supporting ground forces, blast installations in Sarrni area.

Twentieth Air Force. 24 Marianas based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb 2 Iwo Jima airfields, starting tactical operations against the island in preparation for its invasion. 53 Calcutta based B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Singapore naval base putting the King George VI Graving Dock one of the world's best dry docks out of operation for 3 months, and blast other targets at the base. 7 other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb secondary target and Pangkalanbrandan refinery while 4 more hit other target.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit shipping in the Bonins and, during armed reconnaissance mission, bomb Marcus.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers abort an offensive sweep off Suribachi due to intense shore fire. 4 more B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly armed reconnaissance over Shimushu and deck level bomb Torishima Islands targets. Of 4 fighters intercepting the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 1 is downed. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Onnekotan and Matsuwa. 3 more B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kataoka naval base, starting fires. 7 fighters intercept and the heavy bombers down 1.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Romford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Penshurst.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wandsworth.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bermondsey.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Islington.

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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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