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1st January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. The 3 Bomber Divisions of the Eighth are redesignated Air Divisions. Over 700 heavy bombers attack 3 oil targets, 5 Rhine River bridges, and rail junctions, 3 marshalling yards, various other targets in 10 cities, and several targets all in Germany. 14 escorting fighters groups battle over 120 fighters in Frankfurt Main and Hannover areas, claiming 17 kills, including a jet fighters.

Ninth Air Force. The Luftwaffe launches an attack of 700 to 800 aeroplanes against Ninth Air Force and Allied airfields, mainly in Brussels and Eindhoven areas, and to a lesser degree in Metz area. 127 operational Allied aircraft are destroyed. Allied fighters claim 160 air victories while antiaircraft claims 300. 190 A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit rail bridges, command centres, road junction, a command post, and Headquarters, all in Belgium and Germany. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division and Eighth Air Force bombers, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance claiming 39 air victories and numerous ground targets destroyed and support United States III, VII, and XII Corps between Saint-Hubert and the Mosel River.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges at Palazzuolo sull'Oglio, Parma, and Calcinato latter 2 targets are missed and ammunition dump at Parma. Fighter-bombers support ground forces South of Bologna, hit command and numerous targets to the North and completely destroy a fuel dump at Parma. Light bombers on intruder missions during 31 December 1945 to 1 January 1945 achieve excellent results on motor park near Molinella and hit marshalling yard near Milan.

Fifteenth Air Force. Unfavourable weather permits only P-38 Lightning fighters reconnaissance flights.

Tenth Air Force. 71 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack villages, general supply areas, fuel dumps, tanks and other vehicles, and troop concentrations at several locations including Man Hio, Bahe, Mongmit, Hatka, Namhpakha, Loihseng, Mong Yaw and in Hsenwi area. 4 others hit targets along the Irrawaddy from Tanaung to Kyungyi. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers harass command lines during 1-2 January 1945. Large-scale air transport operations continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Fort Bayard. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters pound railroad targets, warehouses, industrial works, and gun positions from Yoyang to Puchi. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Suchow airfield, claiming 25 aeroplanes destroyed. 47 other P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit troops, horses, town areas, and rail and road traffic at several locations. Especially at Liuchenghsien and between Siaokan and Hsuchang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers make low-level attacks on Negros Island airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters cover, bomb Clark Field. Others pound Sasa area and along with B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Djailolo, Wasile Bay bivouac areas, and Miti ammunition dump. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields on Ceram and barracks at Laoag. Fighter-bombers are active against targets in Manila area and also hit Silay. Airfields, shipyards, and other targets in Borneo, Celebes and Lesser Sunda Islands also sustain light raids, by Far East Air Force (FEAF) United States fighters and bombers, which also fly armed reconnaissance.

Seventh Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 9 more, during 1-2 January 1945, snooper missions, hit the island at varying intervals.

Eleventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly coverage for a naval force upon aborting bomb mission to the Kurils.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Laindon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Leyton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Halstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sandon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Foulness Point.

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

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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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