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3rd January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, escorted by 11 fighters groups, bomb targets in West Germany, including 11 marshalling yards, 3 command centres, 2 rail junctions, a railhead, 2 city areas, and targets. 2 fighters groups fly area sweeps in support.

Ninth Air Force. All combat operations are cancelled because of weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers score direct hits on 2 railroad bridges at Lavis and fly good coverage of Chiusaforte, Canale d'Isonzo, and Padua railroad bridges. Fighter-bombers hit large number of command targets mainly railroad targets in Po Valley which is also subjected to intruder missions during 2-3 January 1945, when pontoon bridges, vehicles, and Ghedi airfield are hit.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather curtails operations for fifth successive day. P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, attack airfields at Aungban. Troop concentrations and supply and ammunition dumps are pounded at several locations, including Man Kun, Loi Hkam, Ngawnga, Chakau, Mulaw, and Man Pwe. 575 transport flights are completed to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields at Tsinan, claiming 13 aeroplanes destroyed. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers claim several river steamers sunk in Hankow Chiuchiang area while 6 others damage bridges at Chinchengchiang. 20 other P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on armed reconnaissance attack various targets in Wuchang Hankow and Shwangliu areas, at Namtao, South and South West of Man Pong, and West of Wanling.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Clark Field and Mabalacat areas. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit 5 airfields in Central Philippine Islands while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 2 on Mindanao. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Djailolo supply area, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Namlea airfield. Numerous other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft on armed reconnaissance, harassing raids, and light strikes attack a vast variety of targets throughout Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and Philippine Islands.

Twentieth Air Force. 57 Marianas based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb docks and urban areas of Nagoya. 21 others bomb alternates and targets. Japanese fighters fly 300 attacks on the B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. 5 very heavy bombers are lost. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber gunners claim 14 kills.

Seventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 3 from Guam, on armed reconnaissance, hit Marcus. During a 6 hour period on 3-4 January 1945, 10 heavy bombers from Guam hit Iwo Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly coverage for a naval force over the Kurils.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Edmonton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chelsea.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Southminster.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Harlow Sheering.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tonbridge.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hornsey.

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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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