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2nd January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Headquarters VIII Air Force Services Command (Advance) is established in Brussels, along with a Far Shore staff division. Through this Headquarters, the Commanding General Air Force Services Command can administer his command and closely communicate with other commands operating on the Continent. This arrangement functions until 29 April 1945 when it is relieved by 5th Strategic Air Depot at Merville. About 950 heavy bombers attack 5 marshalling yards, 6 bridges, B command centres, a rail junction, 2 tank concentrations, and several targets in battle area of West Germany. 10 fighters groups escort heavy bombers while 2 others support medium bombers of Ninth Air Force. 3 groups fly sweeps in which 1 group strafes transportation targets near Frankfurt Main and Giessen.

Ninth Air Force. 135 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit rail bridges and command centres in Belgium and Germany. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance and support United States III and VIII Corps in Bastogne area and XII Corps South of Clerf River and West of the Sauer River.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers concentrate effort in West Po Valley and Brenner area, claiming large number of rail lines cut and many vehicles and trains destroyed and damaged. Milan marshalling yard is hit hard and good coverage is achieved on support targets in United States Fifth Army battle area. Light bombers during 1-2 January 1945 continue intruder missions over Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Again bad weather restricts operations to reconnaissance flights.

Tenth Air Force. Troop concentrations and supplies are attacked at Mabein, Panghka, Mansut, Letpangon, Loimun, Panghkai, Namhsan, Thabeikkyin, and in Lashio area by 66 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 13 P-38 Lightning fighters. 546 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kentung. 30 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack targets, mainly railroad traffic, at or near Lohochai, Pengpu, Man Pong, Wanling, Wan Pa-Hsa, and Sinyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit shipping in San Fernando harbour. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Clark Field and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Batangas. Airfields in Central Phil area are bombed by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Likanan, Menado, and Wasile Bay area. Other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft make armed reconnaissance and harassing strikes on targets throughout Central Phil area and Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Twentieth Air Force. 44 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, operating from Calcutta area, attack railroad bridge at Bangkok. 2 others hit alternate and target.

Seventh Air Force. 12 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Haha Jima while 14 others pound Iwo Jima. During 2-3 January 1945,10 heavy bombers, flying snooper strikes out of Guam, hit Iwo Jima over a 7 hour period.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barnes.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Beckenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Doddinghurst.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stapleford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ramsden Heath.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

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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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