Eighth Air Force. Transfer of training functions from VIII
Air Force Composite Command to combat groups is completed.
VIII Air Force Composite Command ceases to function as personnel
are attached to Air Disarmament Command (Provisional) by United
States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). airfield at
Denain, Prouvy is assigned to Eighth Air Force. This is first
step in establishing an VIII Air Force Services Command Service
Centre on the European continent so that Eighth Air Force
can service and administer its own aircraft and personnel
in the area. Over 250 heavy bombers attack synthetic oil plants
at Merseburg, Leuna and marshalling yard at Rheine, along
with 5 targets. Bad weather causes recall of over 350 other
heavy bombers. 18 fighters groups provide escort and later
strafe ground targets with good results. 23 fighters are lost.
Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels operations against military
depots and troop concentrations in Germany, and fortified
positions in France. Mission against rail bridges in Germany
is recalled due to weather. Fighters fly escort, attack railroads,
bridges, factories, supply dumps, and command posts. IX and
XIX Tactical Air Commands support United States 28th Infantry
Division in Schmidt area (V Corps begins withdrawing Kall
River bridgehead) and Third Army elements start assault on
enemy fortifications in Metz area.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers strike rail line in Brenner Pass and other lines running
into Italy from Northeast and bomb bridges in Central and
West Po Valley, damaging several and destroying the bridge
at Mantua. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit command in Bologna
area, but concentrate most of their operations against bridges
and rail lines in Parma area in effort to disrupt battle area
Fifteenth Air Force. 34 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb troop concentrations at
Mitrovica, Prijepolje, and Sjenica. Heavy cloud over targets
forces over 70 others to abort.
Tenth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Mawlu area,
bomb personnel, supplies, and command facilities at Tunhong,
Chaungdauk, and Kutkai, gun positions at Hsipaw, Man Hpa town
area, Kawlin airfield and targets along Kawlin Pinwe railroad.
8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out Bawgyo railroad bridge.
270 transports fly sorties to forward areas.
Fourteenth Air Force. In South China and North Indochina 2
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit railroad tracks at Lohochai and 2 others hit tracks
at Duc Tho. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast road machinery
near Muse. 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 13 P-40 fighters
and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound storage buildings,
villages, and other targets throughout Mangshih area.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again hit Alicante airfield.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langoan airfield while P-38
Lightning fighters on sweeps over Kendari area hit parked
aeroplanes, shipping, nickel mine, and other targets. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers attack Kaoe and Hate Tabako airfield
while others hit targets on Ceram.
Twentieth Air Force. 17 XXI Bomber Command United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are airborne
against Iwo Jima airfield. 6 manage to bomb through a hole
in cloud cover. Others fail to bomb target. Enemy aircraft
drop phosphorous bombs on formations, damaging 1 B-29 Superfortress
heavy bomber. 1 very heavy bomber ditches, the first aircraft
lost by XXI Bomber Command on a combat mission.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit shipping at Chichi
Jima and Haha Jima. A single heavy bomber on a snooper mission
bombs Iwo Jima during 8-9
November 1944. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attempt fighters
sweep over Pagan but must abort because of bad weather.
Eleventh Air Force. An 8 aircraft shipping sweep is cancelled
due to weather.
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