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7th December 1944

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Ninth Air Force All missions except a few fighters patrols are cancelled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers. Fighters and fighter-bombers, despite weather, attack railroads, roads, bridges, rolling stock, and other targets over widespread areas of North Italy, from La Spezia to North of Po Valley. Bad weather obscures most primaries but alternate targets are fairly successfully hit.

Fifteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers make predawn raids on Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Villach, and Lienz marshalling yards, command targets in Wolfsberg, Spittal an der Drau, Mittersill, Sankt Veit in Defereggen, and Trieste. P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out East span of road bridge at Tonbo. 21 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Bhamo area. 63 blast concentrations of enemy troops and supplies at Male while 4 others hit supplies at Myauk-le. 14 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridge at Mansam and damage 3 bridges at Mongmit and Namyao. 17 others hit Nawnghkio and bomb supply areas at Na-kawnkongnyaung. Transport fly 267 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit storage area at Lashio. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters attack and considerably damage Sankiao. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, operating individually, attack truck convoys and other targets in Hengyang area and in Siang Chiang Valley. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 1 cargo vessel sunk in South China Sea while 15 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit shipping at Hong Kong, claiming a destroyer and freighter sunk. 65 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over wide areas of China attack storage areas, troops, bridges, railroad targets, and gun positions around Paoching, Anking, Hengyang, Tuhshan, Nan Tan, Kengtung, and Luchai and between Kweilin and Liuchow.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Malogo airfield, town of Masbate, and Legaspi airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Miti, Kaoe, Galela, and Lolobata airfields. Other Far East Air Force (FEAF) United States aircraft fly armed reconnaissance and harassing missions over Mindanao, North Borneo, and Makassar areas, attacking various targets.

Twentieth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, operating from Chengtu, bomb Manchuria Aeroplane Manufacturing Company and adjacent arsenal at Mukden. 10 other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb a rail yard short of the primary, and several other bombers strike alternates. The very heavy bombers claim 20 fighters downed.

Seventh Air Force. Immediately following an enemy bombing raid on Saipan, 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly reconnaissance over Pagan searching for aircraft but observe none.

Eleventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers fly 2 negative shipping searches.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hackney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Braintree.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hayes.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woodford.

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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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