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7th October 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 1,300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, in 4 forces, bomb 5 synthetic oil plants, an armament, a tank, and an aero engine works in Central and Northeast Germany, plus 16 identified and 19 other unidentified targets in the area. 19 escorting fighters groups claim 22 air victories including 4 jets. Air opposition and ground fire is heavy. 52 heavy bombers and 15 fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Headquarters cancels previous instructions against bombing bridges and opens to attack all bridges on United States front, except those over the Rhine River. 300 medium bombers and light bombers strike bridges at Arnhem, Bullay, and Dillingen, supply depot at Euskirchen, and marshalling yard and warehouse at Hengelo and Trier. Fighters fly bomber escort, sweeps and armed reconnaissance in forward areas, hitting railroads, barges, and troop concentrations, and support ground forces in East France and West Germany.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers hit guns and troop concentrations in battle area, which extends over wide front South of Bologna in region of Monte Stanco, Monte Cauala, Monte Castellaro, and Monte Ceci, and command to the North.

Fifteenth Air Force. 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lobau and Schwechat oil refineries and Winterhafen oil depot in Vienna area. Nearly 30 others hit targets in Hungary including marshalling yards at Szombathely and Zalaegerszeg. 330 heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, attack marshalling yards at Nove Zamky and Komarom and airfield at Gyor. 6 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers escorted by 54 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, evacuate United States airmen from Czechoslovakia to Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb supplies and troops at Man Hpa. Large-scale transport operations continue to deliver men and supplies to various points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 53 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack troop concentrations, bridges, river and rail traffic, town areas, and supply dumps around Tunghsiangchiao, Pingnam, Hsinganhsien, Chuanhsien, Lingling, Wuchou, Houmachen, Chiuchiang, and Paoching.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Mindanao bomb Zamboanga while a P-38 Lightning fighters cover force hits seaplanes, shipping, and other targets in the area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langoan, Tompaso, and Tondegesang. P-38 Lightning fighters attack Kaoe Island, and hit Boela oil tanks. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage area on West Amboina. P-38 Lightning fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Doom Island and Babo airfield.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan, on armed reconnaissance, attack Marcus and nearby shipping.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pitsea, near Southend.

T35 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 7 October 1944

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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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