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18th January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers supported by 3 fighters groups bomb Kaiserslautern marshalling yard. Most of the heavy bombers are diverted, after bombing, to bases on Continent because of heavy clouds.

Ninth Air Force. IX Tactical Air Command returns to operational control of Ninth Air Force (from Second Tactical Air Force) as United States First Army returns from 21st Army Group to 12th Army Group. IX Tactical Air Command Headquarters (Rear) returns to Verviers from Charleroi. Weather prevents all Ninth Air Force operations except for alert flights by 11 fighters of IX and XXIX Tactical Air Commands.

Twelfth Air Force. During 17-18 January 1945, A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Po River crossings, lights and movement throughout Po Valley. During the day medium bombers pound targets on the Brenner line, including temporary bridge between San Michele all'Adige and Ora, and overhanging cliff over railroad at San Ambrogio di Valpolicella. Fighters and fighter-bombers blast command lines in Northeast Italy and fuel and supply dumps in Piacenza area, destroying numerous railroad tracks, trains, and vehicles, and causing explosions or fires in most of the dumps.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather prevents bombing operations. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly photo reconnaissance and escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Anisakan and Hsumhsai airfields. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Nawnghkio. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces at Si-U and near Yenya-u and Mahlainggon. Troops, supplies, and general targets are attacked at Antawsai, Mong Nak, Namhpakka, Mong Yok, Loi-pyek, Kyawnghkam, Pangnok, and in Namtu vicinity. 529 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Hong Kong. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ishan and Chinchengchiang, 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters hit shipping in Puchi area, 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Wanting, and 2 hit troop compounds at Chaling. 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 fighter-bombers attack Phu Lang Thuong. 25 P-40 fighters pound shipping and railroad targets at Hong Kong. About 140 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance over South China from Burma boundary to Hong Kong attack a huge variety of targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Cotabato area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets in Miti area, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troop concentrations at Bamban, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit warehouses and highway traffic North of Bataan, and P-38 Lightning fighters strafe parked aeroplanes at Tuguegarao and vehicles at Enrile, Calarian, and Butigui. A variety of Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly small-scale raids and armed reconnaissance missions against road and rail targets, bridges, airfields, and numerous targets throughout the Philippine Islands.

Seventh Air Force. 19 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets on Chichi Jima and Haha Jima, damaging naval base and town of Okimura. 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam pound airfield on Iwo Jima. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers during 18-19 January 1945, continue snooper strikes against Iwo Jima airfields.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly unsuccessful reconnaissance to Kurabu airfield. One of the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers force lands in USSR on return trip.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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