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6th December 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, supported by fighters flying over 750 sorties, bomb synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, Leuna, Minden aqueduct, Bielefeld marshalling yard, and several other targets.

Ninth Air Force. 154 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb defended areas of Munstereifel, Erkelenz, Nideggen, and Daun. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance and night patrol, attack bridges, gun positions, and other targets, and provide air cover for United States V, VII, and XII Corps in areas of Bergstein, Lucherberg, and Sarreguemines and along Saar River.

Twelfth Air Force. Heavy cloud cover, increasing in density throughout the day, severely restricts operations. Medium bombers are grounded except for 1 reconnaissance sortie. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers fly less than 100 sorties, attacking command in Brescia, Verona, and Mantua areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. 270 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Graz, Szombathely, Sopron, Nagycenk, Hegyeshalom, Maribor, Bratislava, and Devinska Nova Ves, and town of Zalaegerszeg, plus scattered targets. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters escort heavy bombers, cover The British Royal Air Force (RAF) supply missions to Yugoslavia, and strafe Vienna.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage bridge at Namhkai and knock out bridge at Mongmit. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out main bridge at Bawgyo and damage bypass. 15 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Bhamo area, 4 bomb Hsenwi airfield, and 8 strafe Bawgyo antiaircraft positions. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troops, artillery, and supplies at Banmauk, West side of Indawgyi Lake, and Namhkam. Transports fly 300 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack road traffic in Hsenwi area and from there to Wanling.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Bacolod airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters over Bacolod and others covering convoy off South Leyte claim several aeroplanes downed. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support, hit Cagayan, Jacgol, and Del Monte airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields at Kendari and Borebore. Fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Halmahera Island airfields while A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Namlea area.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Suribachi airfield, scoring hits on the runway, and blast batteries. On return flight, 1 is hit by antiaircraft fire. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flies a negative shipping search. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers weather aeroplane force lands in USSR.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Great Burstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Camberwell.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Foulness.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Crayford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Naze.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Marylebone, Duke Street.

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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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