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9th September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Mannheim and Mainz, armament plant at Dusseldorf and 10 targets. 8 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are lost, mostly to antiaircraft fire. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups and a squadron give escort, 1 group later strafing rail traffic South of Wurzburg. 1 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group sweeps Lingen, Munster, Haltern area to spot flak positions and troop concentrations, and strafe an antiaircraft. 5 fighter-bomber groups bomb and strafe shipping between German mainland and Schouwen, Overflakee, and Walcheren Islands, installations on the islands, and rail and road traffic North West and Northeast of Frankfurt Main. 9 fighter-bombers are lost. Fighters claim 13 aircraft destroyed. Training functions are removed from VIII Air Force Composite Command control and distributed within the combat groups in anticipation that combat groups will have to train their own replacements upon deployment from European Theatre of Operations (ETO) to other theatre.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers fly leaflet mission to coastal France and Belgium. Fighters fly escort, furnish ground force cover for United States VIII Corps in the Brest area, 2d, 5th, and 8th Infantry Divisions of United States Third Army's XX Corps area West of Metz, and fly armed reconnaissance in areas around Aachen, Cologne, Koblenz, Bonn, Saarbrucken, and Nancy. Fighters also hit bridges at Custines and Pompey. Over 700 transports fly missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers achieve excellent results against rail bridges in the East Po Valley while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troop concentrations and supply points South of Bologna. Fighter-bombers and fighters attack railways and roads in Po Valley and from Genoa to Turin. Motor transport and rolling stock are bombed and strafed in North Italy and East France, with particular success in Belfort, Mulhouse, Freiburg areas.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Japanese Headquarters and other buildings at Manwing. 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers run fuel to Kunming. Numerous other transport sorties are flown to several points in China-Burma-India (CBI).

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit river traffic and troop compounds in areas around Kiyang, Lingling, and Lingkwantien, bomb towns of Lingling and Samshui, and knock out West end of bridge at Lingling. About 50 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit numerous targets throughout inland Southeast China including river craft and troop areas around Lingling, Lupao, Tsingyun, Kiyang, Leiyang, and Yungfengshih, and a railroad bridge at Tunganhsien. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over South China Sea claim 4 freighters sunk or heavily damaged.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mapanget airfield. More than 100 fighter-bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound airfields at Liang, Haroekoe, Boela, and Namlea. Fighter-bombers hit Moemi, Manokwari, and Ransiki airstrips while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Babo airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Galela airfield.

Seventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima during 9-10 September 1944. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based in the Gilberts bomb Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hunt shipping off Paramushiru. 4 return to Attu with bombs, finding no targets. One hits mast of a vessel and ditches in water. The other lands on one engine in Petropavlovsk. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers make an uneventful raid during 9-10 September 1944, on Kashiwabara. Later 2 photo planes escorting 2 bombers over Kurils on a mapping project are attacked by fighters which inflict no damage.

M801 Minesweeper
Launched 9 September 1944

R147 R-boat
Launched 9 September 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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