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16th January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, supported by 13 fighters groups, bomb 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 aircraft engine plants, 2 marshalling yards, a tank factory and several targets in Central Germany. Due to heavy fog a large percentage of the heavy bombers are diverted to various landing fields in United Kingdom and on Continent.

Ninth Air Force. 311 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit road and rail bridges, command centres, motor transport repair centre, and other targets in Germany. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division and Eighth Air Force heavy bombers, fly armed reconnaissance and defensive patrols, and support United States First Army elements along battle line Northeast of Houffalize, and III Corps along battle line Southeast of Houffalize.

Twelfth Air Force. During 15-16 January 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers exploit a break in the bad weather and blast motor transport around Genoa and Northeast of Milan. During the day bad weather returns, grounding medium bombers and limiting fighter-bombers to 16 completed sorties against command in Po Valley and Northeast Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather restricts operations to reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions by 30 P-38 Lightning fighters.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack troop concentration and supply dump at Namtoi. 15 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces near Yenya-u and South of Shadaw. 22 bomb airfields at Anisakan and Nawnghkio. Troop concentration, supplies, town areas, vehicles, and other targets are attacked by 40 fighter-bombers. Transports fly 550 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters destroy train North of Hankow. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Wanting. 180 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over vast expanses of China South of the Yangtze and from Burma border to South China Sea attack numerous targets. Wanting, Muse, and Changsha areas are hit especially hard.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In the day's principal strikes United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers pound Japanese concentrations, trains, trucks, and targets on Luzon. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields in North Borneo and Halmahera Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers on small raids, armed reconnaissance, and harassing strikes hit Negros airfields and airfields, command targets, trains, trucks, and other targets throughout Luzon.

Twentieth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 313th Bomber Wing(VH) flies shakedown mission. 32 of 44 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb airfields on Pagan Island.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb airfields on Iwo Jima. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters from Saipan assigned to high cover for the heavy bomber strike fail to make contact with the formation due to bad weather. 3 of the fighters strafe beached vessels. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima airfields during 16-17 January 1945.

Adolf Hitler takes residence in the Führerbunker in Berlin on 16 January 1945.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Noak Hill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Herne Bay.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chigwell.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Goldhanger.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sidcup.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Cock Clarks.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Harlow.

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

M28 Minesweeper
Is removed from active service.

R261 R-boat
Commissioned 16 January 1945

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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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