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9th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers in conjunction with Ninth Air Force aircraft hit Tactical Air Command targets in Metz and Thionville area as United States Third Army forces launch full-scale attack on Metz. Other targets include Saarbrucken marshalling yards, bombed by over 300 of the heavy bombers. 11 fighters groups give escort and 6 groups of fighter-bombers bomb and strafe targets between Frankfurt Main and Mannheim. Over 40 heavy bombers and fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 74 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) planes of 9th Bomber Division attack road junctions, barracks, ordnance arsenals, artillery camps, military storage depot, and other targets in Dieuze, Landau, Sankt Wendel, and Faulquemont areas. IX Tactical Air Command flies sweeps over West Germany and attacks marshalling yard at Duren, while XXIX Tactical Air Command escort attacks Rahling and an airfield and supports United States Third Army elements (2 infantry and 2 armoured divisions) as all out assault on Metz is pushed.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather hampers medium bombers operations in Po Valley as 7 of 9 missions abort. In the 2 others, bridges in the Valley are hit. Fighters and fighter-bombers fly less than 100 sorties, but successfully strike road and railroad bridges in Bologna Modena areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to 4 weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) aircraft bomb concentrations and supply areas at Kutkai, Shwebo, Mawtawng, and Kunhailong, bomb airfields at Kawlin, knock out bridge at Ho-hko, and support ground forces and hit targets near Chyauhkawng, Namakyaing, Sepein, Tonlon, and at other points in the same general area. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb rail yards at Kanbalu. Transports continue large-scale operations, flying nearly 300 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mangshih while 10 P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in Mangshih Chefang area. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kaifeng while 6 others hit sampans, storage areas, and other targets in Yiyang area. 160 P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of South China and North Indochina attack trucks, gun positions, river and coastal shipping, and other targets at or near Pingnam, Kweihsien, Changsha, Yoyang, Siangtan, Lushan, Kioshan, Paoching, Hengyang, Liangshan, Liuchow, Suikai, Gia Lam, Kien An, and Weichow Island.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack convoy off West coast of Leyte and hit barges and shipping near Ormoc. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Carolina airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack several airfields and villages in the Northeast peninsula of Celebes and Halmahera. A-20 Havoc light bombers strike Piroe.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam, fly shipping reconnaissance over the Bonins attacking vessels and antiaircraft positions at Haha Jima, shipping and town at Okimura, and returning, strafe Iwo Jima. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan strafe storage caves on Pagan. During 9-10 November 1944, a lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam, on snooper mission, bombs Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. An 8 plane armed reconnaissance sweep and a 4 plane bombing mission are cancelled due to weather.

M805 Minesweeper
Launched 9 November 1944

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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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