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8th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. As part of move to create self sustaining, mobile air divisions, all sub depots are relieved from assignment to VIII Air Force Services Command and assigned to the 3 bomb divisions with VIII Air Force Services Command retaining technical supervision.

Ninth Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-26 Invader light bombers hit Sinzig rail bridge. Fighters escort The British Royal Air Force (RAF), bomb gun positions, bridges, and city areas, fly armed reconnaissance, and support United States V and VII Corps West of Schmidt and Duren, and XX Corps and XII Corps in Sarreguemines and Dillingen areas.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again greatly curtails operations. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on weather reconnaissance of West Po Valley attack trains, claiming destruction of 4 locomotives and damage of almost 100 train cars. On 7-8 December 1944, 3 A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb targets in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Again hitting command targets in predawn attack 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery and Graz, Klagenfurt, and Villach marshalling yards. Later in the day P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo and weather reconnaissance missions. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort the photo reconnaissance flights over Vienna area, West Hungary, and North Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Bhamo area. 28 hit supply areas at Kyingyi, Loi-Lun, and Hke-hkun. 12 bomb troop concentrations at Namti and 4 hit village on Nawnghkem. 16 fighter-bombers attack Shwebo motor pool and radio station while 6 others hit Namun ferry landing. 7 aircraft knock out a bypass bridge at Namhkai and 8 fighter-bombers hit railroad targets between Sedaw and Nawnghkio. Large-scale transport operations continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Nan Tan area, killing many horses. 14 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields and other targets at Nanking, claiming 24 aeroplanes, a freighter, and 2 locomotives destroyed. 15 P-40 fighters blast railroad targets and buildings from Nan Tan area to Liuchow. 25 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Hochih and troops, warehouses, trucks and ammunition dump in the area. 20 other fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit various targets around Lipo, Shihhweiyao, Tuhshan, Santon, Paoching, Hengyang, Taiyuan, and Linfen areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers (along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes) hit airfields and various other targets on Halmahera. 60 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mandurriao, Lahug and La Carlota airfields while fighter-bombers hit San Isidro area. Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly armed reconnaissance and light raids over North Borneo, North Celebes, Flores, and Wewak area.

Twentieth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's from the Marianas join P-38 Lightning fighters, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and Navy cruisers in strike against airfields on Iwo Jima from which Japanese strikes against United States airfields in the Marianas are being launched. The Japanese aircraft strike the airfields on 2 November 1944, 7 November 1944, and 27 November 1944, 7 November 1944 and 27 November 1944 was the largest attack 25 aircraft. And from 25 December 1944 to 2 January 1945 in very minor degrees. Altogether about 80 aircraft attack, and nearly 40 are downed. 11 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are destroyed and 43 damaged.

Seventh Air Force. 89 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan join B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's and naval vessels in bombarding Iwo Jima airfields. 28 P-38 Lightning fighters escort the B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. The strikes are aimed at reducing the raids against United States bases in the Marianas.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Canewdon.

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

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

R56 R-boat
Sunk 8 December 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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