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27th January 1945

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Ninth Air Force. Weather grounds United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division and XIX Tactical Air Command. IX and XXIX Tactical Air Commands fly armed reconnaissance over battle area and parts of West Germany, along with alert flights and leaflet mission.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather during morning causes all medium bombers to abort except for an attack on bridge at Bressana Bottarone. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers continue interdiction of command with good results against motor transport, trains, rail lines, bridges, and storage dumps. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters of 57th Fighter Group destroy oil plant near Fornovo di Taro.

Fifteenth Air Force. For sixth consecutive day bad weather restricts operations to reconnaissance and escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces at Man Sak, Molo Ywama, area South of Molo, and area South of Banwe. 8 others knock out bypass bridge at Bawgyo. About 100 fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations, supplies, and targets at or near Man Kyan, Kuinkuiloi, Hohkun, Pongalau, Hsenwi, Kutkai, Hsatong, Ping hoi, Ho-mong, Padon, and Kyaunghen. Transports fly 527 sorties to advanced bases and over forward areas, landing men and landing and dropping supplies.

Fourteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack locomotives, trucks, and shipping at Sinsiang, Kihsien, and Nanking, from Taiyuan to Puchou, and East of Yiyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Canacao seaplane base, Cavite, and Grande Island while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Cabcaben and airfield at Calingatan. Other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft continue small-scale strikes against numerous other airfields, town areas, gun emplacements, harbours, and command and transportation targets throughout Luzon.

Twentieth Air Force. By this date the complete forward detachments of the 4 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber groups in the Chengtu area have evacuated their bases and moved to more permanent bases in India. This move complies with Joint Chiefs of Staff directive formulated on 16 December 1944 and received on 18 December 1944. The long existing understanding that XX Bomber Command might be moved from China-Burma-India (CBI) when more convenient bases are available is thus put into its initial stage when XX Bomber Command's Commanding General, General LeMay, and Joint Chiefs of Staff agree that on logistical grounds XX Bomber Command's operating scheme is basically unsound, a situation made more apparent when in November the Japanese had overrun Luchou and Yungning and threatened Kunming. This development necessitated air tonnage flown over the Hump being diverted to Chinese ground forces and Fourteenth Air Force, resulting in curtailed supplies to XX Bomber Command and providing the catalyst for beginning movement of the command from China. 22 XX Bomber Command B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's based in India hit navy yard and arsenal at Saigon. 1 bombs bridge at Bangkok. Results are poor. 76 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's of 73d Bomber Wing are airborne from the Marianas against Musashiho and Nakajima aircraft plants near Tokyo. Clouds and high winds over target area prevent bombing of the primary. 56 very heavy bombers bomb secondary target of Tokyo urban area and 6 others attack alternates and targets. Fighter opposition is the heaviest to date and 5 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are downed. 4 others ditch or crash-land. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber gunners claim 60 fighters kills, the highest very heavy bomber claim to date.

Seventh Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, based at Saipan, bomb Iwo Jima. 10 heavy bombers from Saipan and Guam follow up with individual harassment raids against the island during 27-28 January 1945. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bombs Arakabesan.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit East Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wickford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Latchingdon Area.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit East Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stanmore.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wanstead / Woodford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mountnessing.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tillingham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Battersea.

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

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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.
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