Eighth Air Force. 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers, supported by 8 fighters groups in close escort
and 3 more in area sweeps, bomb 3 oil refineries, 2 viaducts,
a marshalling yard, a U-boat yard, an airfield, and targets
in North West Germany. The fighters strafe rail target.
Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels all bomber operations and
limits fighters. XIX Tactical Air Command flies night patrol
while IX Tactical Air Command flies leaflet mission and patrols
XIX Corps area around Hurtgen Forest.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers, taking advantage of improved weather conditions,
attack 6 rail targets on Brenner rail line, blocking line
at Calliano, cutting tracks at Ora, and destroying a section
of bridge at Sacile. In Northeast Italy fighters and fighter-bombers
concentrate large effort on rail lines and bridges, destroying
4 and damaging another, cutting tracks at numerous points,
and blasting vehicles and trains.
Fifteenth Air Force. Continued bad weather cancels all operations.
Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers demolish 2 bypass bridges at Ho-hko.
8 pound village of Mansam. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support
ground forces along the Irrawaddy, hitting targets at Konkha,
Onbaing, and Wabyudaung. Troop concentrations and supplies
are bombed by 75 fighter-bombers at Nawngchio, No-na, Man
Hpa-yaw, Man Namket, Nanhu, Panghai, Mong Nge, and Ho-Pok.
Transports fly 489 sorties to forward bases and front line
Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town area, river shipping,
and trucks at Ishan. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8
P-40 fighters pound sampans and storage areas West of Hengshan
while 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit oil dump and other
targets in Hsiang Valley and another blasts troop compound
at Chaling. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at
Phu Lang Thuong. 180 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers,
and P-38 Lightning fighters hit large number of targets from
Burma border to Shanghai, concentrating on Wanling area and
airfields in Shanghai, Wuchou and Wuchang areas.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). In principal strikes of the day
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb railroad yards at Legaspi while B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit roads and railways East of Manila, destroying
many railroad cars and troop-laden trucks. Other B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers pound Daliao area on Mindanao and Talisay airfield.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and
fighter-bombers continue to fly small strikes and armed reconnaissance
against bridges, shipping, port areas, airfields, trucks,
and other targets throughout Luzon and at Central Philippine
Twentieth Air Force. Almost 80 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, out of Chengtu,
bomb airfields at Shinchiku. 8 other very heavy bombers hit
alternates and targets in Southeast China.
Seventh Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan pound airfields on
Iwo Jima. 3 from Guam, on armed reconnaissance flight, bomb
Marcus. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, from Guam and Saipan,
fly individual harassment strikes against Iwo Jima during
launched against England, hit Mayland.
launched against England, hit Bengeo.
launched against England, hit Essendon.
launched against England, hit Corringham Marshes.
launched against England, hit East Horndon.
launched against England, hit Hatfield Broad Oak.
launched against England, hit Much Hadham.
launched against England, hit Chingford.
Sunk 17 January 1945
Commissioned 17 January 1945
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