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23rd January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups, bomb marshalling yard and bridge at Neuss. A P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers Continent based group flies uneventful sweep over Neuss area.

Ninth Air Force. A small United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers force hits troop concentrations, road bridge, and military transport targets at Blankenheim, Dasburg, and Arzfeld. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance, alert flights, and patrols, and support United States III, VIII, and XII Corps and 4th, 94th, and 95th Infantry Divisions from South of Saint-Vith, South and East along the battle line to just West of Saarlautern.

Twelfth Air Force. During 22-23 January 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb lights, roads, and river crossings at over 50 locations in Po Valley, hit several targets, and attack Borgoforte and San Benedetto Po and airfields at Villafranca di Verona and Ghedi. Weather cancels medium bombers operations during the day. Fighter-bombers operate mainly against command, principally railroad targets, in Po Valley but also hit ammunition dumps, shipping, guns, vehicles, and other targets in North Italy scattered from Genoa to Northeast Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. Continued bad weather cancels all operations.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Aungban and Hsumhsai. 34 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces near Namhkam and along the Irrawaddy in the Twinnge and Bahe areas. 55 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit troop concentrations, storage areas and vehicles at Kawngwang, Sati, Kyaukme, Wengnan, Hko-lawng, Lothke, and Panglaw. Transports fly 542 sorties, carrying men and supplies to advanced bases and drop supplies to troops in front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance attack targets mainly river, road, and rail traffic at several locations in both South China and in North China plain, including Wanting Suchow and Yuankiang areas, lower Tungting Lake region, points between Kiaotow and Kweiyi, and points as far North as Peking.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). On 22-23 January 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again hit Formosa in force, bombing aluminium factory at Takao. In the day's principal missions, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Baguio and, along with A-20 Havoc light bombers, hit Corregidor Island. Other A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Aparri airfield while fighter-bombers hit bridge at Digdig, luggers South of Alcala, guns on Grande Island, bridge over Magata River, and base at Camp John Hay. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Silay airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's of XXI Bomber Command bomb Mitsubishi engine plant at Nagoya. 27 hit secondary target, the urban area of the city. 9 bomb other alternates and targets. An estimated 600 fighters offer heavy and aggressive opposition but down only 1 very heavy bomber. United States gunners claim 32 fighters downed.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima airfields. 3 from Guam fly armed reconnaissance over Woleai, 2 of them bombing the main runway on the island. During 23-24 January 1945, 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan strike Iwo Jima singly at about 45 minute intervals.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies reconnaissance sortie along Onnekotan Matsuwa East coasts. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Kakumabetsu cannery and targets on Paramushiru. 810 fighters intercept and the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 2 victories. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is lost.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hither Green.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Waltham Holy Cross.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mayland.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Edmonton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Stapleford Abbots.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Horton Kirby.

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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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