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4th January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Transfer of Headquarters, VIII Fighter Command from Bushey Hall to Charleroi begins. Headquarters is to provide administrative and operational support for fighters groups operating with Ninth Air Force on tactical support missions.

Ninth Air Force. All combat operations, except a defensive patrol by 4 fighters, are cancelled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit bridges at Lavis and Calliano. Fighters and fighter-bombers interdict Po Valley command and hit ammunition dump at San Felice del Benaco. During 3-4 January 1945, light bombers successfully hit stores dump and bridge near Mestre, and destroy or damage over 50 vehicles.

Fifteenth Air Force. 370 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Verona (2), Bronzolo (2), Vicenza, Padua (2), Trento, and Bolzano, and station sidings at Trento. 54 P-38 Lightning fighters attempt high-level bombing of Cismon del Grappa but fail to hit target. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in Yugoslavia. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and escort operations. Over 200 fighters accompany heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, bomb Namsang airfield. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit bypass road bridges at Inailong and Bawgyo, damaging approaches to the latter. Troops and supply areas are hit at Man Kat, Hsenwi, Yi-ku, Se-hai, and near Nawnghkio by 36 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters. 6 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb cable and pontoons along North riverbank at Na-lang. 6 hit enemy activity near Twinnge and 5 attack truck dispersal area and warehouses at Mogok. Transports fly 597 sorties to front areas and forward bases.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Fort Bayard and Samah Bay areas. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage a bridge and a warehouse, and destroy 2 other buildings at Kentung. 21 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance pound targets in Wanling area. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out bridge at Huizan and damage another, and 20 other fighters hit targets around Lohochai, Sinyang and Hankow.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Puerto Princesa. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad and highways in San Pedro area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tanamon and Sidate. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, flying small-scale strikes, hit airfields in South Luzon, on Mindanao, in Northeast Celebes, and in Central Philippine Islands, and bomb shipyards in North Borneo.

Seventh Air Force. 13 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Iwo Jima. During 4-5 January 1945, 10 more hit the island with individual harassment strikes.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hoddesdon.

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rayleigh.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Runwell.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hackney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Thurrock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Clothall.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lambeth.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stepney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Southwold.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dulwich.

M802 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 January 1945

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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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