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21st January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 750 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit marshalling yard and tank factory at Aschaffenburg, military vehicle plant, bridge, command centre and marshalling yard at Mannheim, marshalling yards at Heilbronn and Pforzheim, command centre at Arnbach, town of Reutlingen, and 3 targets. 9 fighters groups fly close support and strafe 4 airfields plus numerous miscellaneous ground targets. 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group flies area sweep in support of heavy bombers and another supports Ninth Air Force medium bombers.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) IX Tactical Air Command Headquarters (main) returns to Verviers from Liege. 166 A-26 Invader light bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit rail junction and bridge at Euskirchen and marshalling yard and defended positions at Mayen. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance, escort bombers, bomb bridges, and support United States 7th Armoured Division.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather restricts operations during 21-22 January 1945, to armed reconnaissance by 5 A-20 Havoc light bombers. The light bombers bomb command targets in Po Valley. During day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges at Rovereto and Lavis, destroy bridge at Pontetidone, and blast railroad fill at San Michele all' Adige, and supply dump at Cremona. Fighters and fighter-bombers concentrate on command in same area as medium bombers, destroying 1 bridge, inflicting 36 rail cuts, hitting fuel and ammunition dumps, and destroying and damaging many vehicles and much railroad rolling stock, mostly in Milan area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 170 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Lobau and Schwechat oil refineries at Vienna. 131 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters provide support. 43 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb oil refinery at Fiume. Other fighters escort reconnaissance missions and accompany supply-dropping operations to Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Heho airfield. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb bridge area at Nampawng. 26 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces near Twinnge, Mahlainggon, and Konkha along the Irrawaddy, and in the Si-U sector. 50 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentrations, supplies, and targets at Me-han, Mogok, Hsenwi, Na-makhkaw, Kutkai, Kunhkan, and Man On. Nearly 500 transports sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Hong Kong area. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Nanking airfield claiming 11 enemy aeroplanes destroyed and targets along the Yangtze to Hankow. 30 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance hit targets at several locations. 12 of the fighter-bombers concentrate on Wanting area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Marikina airfield and hit barracks and coastal defence guns at Calabasan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers fly sweeps, small strikes, and armed reconnaissance attacks on airfields, road networks, bridges, gun positions, numerous vehicles, and other targets throughout Central and South Luzon.

Twentieth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, flying out of the Marianas, bomb Moen airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 12 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Iwo Jima. During 21-22 January 1945, 8 more, flying separate snooper strikes from Saipan, pound the airfields.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Plaxtol.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hedon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Laindon.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit South Ockendon.

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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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