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5th October 1944

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Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau and Lord Keynes begin series of talks on the course of Lend-Lease between V-E and Victory in Japan.

Eighth Air Force. General Order 507 implements decision of 15 September 1944, to assign staff officers of Headquarters VIII Fighter Command to Headquarters Eighth Air Force to represent units in administrative functions, thus eliminating administrative and operational control from Headquarters VIII Fighter Command and placing it under Eighth Air Force Headquarters. This is necessitated by the transfer of fighters groups to bomb divisions. Over 900 heavy bombers, escorted by 15 fighters groups, strike 4 primary targets (a marshalling yard and 4 airfields) in North West Germany and several secondary targets and targets (marshalling yard, airfield, city areas) in the same area, especially around Dusseldorf and Cologne.

Ninth Air Force. 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers dispatched against targets in Arnhem, Aldenhoven, and Duren are recalled. Fighters hit pillboxes along Westwall, support ground forces of XV Corps in France, fly armed reconnaissance in Prum, Bonn, Koblenz, Trier and Landau areas, hit targets along Rhine, Marne Canal, and during 5 October 1944, fly patrol in Belgium, East France, and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. During 4-5 October 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb targets in battle area in mountains South of Bologna and North of Arno River Valley. During the day weather grounds medium bombers wings and XII Fighter Command.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather causes recall of heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Mawlu and attack locomotives and targets in Naba area. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges at Namhkai, damaging the main bridge. Troop Carriers fly over 250 sorties to various locations in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 22 fighter-bombers attack Samshui, Koyiu and Takhing. 8 hit targets in Canton Wuchou area, and 3 bomb storage area at Mangshih. 50 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers over wide areas of South China attack river craft, road traffic, bridges, town areas, and troops.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields in Kendari area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kairatoe airfield, town of Amboina and numerous coastal and shipping targets in Amboina Ceram area. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers attack Urarom, Simora Point area, Doom Island, Babo, Efman and Samate airfields and disposal areas. A-20 Havoc light bombers blast Japanese bivouacs and supply areas near Sarmi.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Pagan with rockets and bombs. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs gun positions on the islands. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Gilberts bomb runways and gun positions on Nauru while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls bomb an airfield at Moen and during 5-6 October 1944, strike Wake.

Eleventh Air Force. At dawn 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Goose Green, Hoddesdon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Great Yarmouth.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Taverham Hall Farm, Norwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Peasenhall.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Surlingham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Acle.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Plumstead.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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