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5th January 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Over 850 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, supported by 11 fighters groups, bomb 9 marshalling yards, 8 command centres, 3 rail targets, 5 city areas, and 15 targets in battle areas and Central Germany. 1 fighters group flies uneventful sweep while another bombs and strafes Siegen marshalling yard.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division attacks rail bridges at Ahrweiler, Simmern, and Bullay and command centres at Gouvy, Houffalize, Massen, and near Durler. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division and VIII Bomber Command, fly armed reconnaissance, attack airfields, command centre, traffic concentration, and other targets, and support United States III and VIII Corps West and East of Bastogne and 2d and 3d Armoured Divisions near Manhay.

Twelfth Air Force. During 4-5 January 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers on South Po Valley intruder mission bomb Modena area. Bad weather cancels all other operations.

Fifteenth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Zagreb railroad sidings. 69 others abort due to total cloud cover over target. 38 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly cover over target area. 33 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb North railroad bridge at Doboj. Other operations are limited to reconnaissance, supply drops, and escort.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flying airfield sweep inflict considerable damage on Laihka, Aungban, Kunlon, and Mong Long airfields. In Namhkam sector, 2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters join ground forces in blasting artillery positions at Wingkang and Kunlong. 9 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage bypass bridges at Mongmit. 70 fighter-bombers attack storage areas, tanks and trucks, and troop concentrations at Mong Yaw, Hsenwi, Hpa-Pen, Man Ton, Tunghka, Man Peng, and Longhsu. Transports fly 550 sorties to forward bases and front-line areas. Operation GRUB-WORM, one of the major transport achievements of the war, is completed on this date 1 month from its start. Chinese 14th and 22d Divisions, Chinese Sixth Army Headquarters, a heavy mortar company, a signal company, and 2 portable surgical hospitals have been airlifted. The move required 1,328 transport sorties. Air Transport Command provided 597 sorties; the air commando squadrons, 488; and Tenth Air Force, 243. The lift included more than 25,000 Chinese soldiers, 396 United States soldiers, 1,596 animals, 42 jeeps, 48 howitzers, 48 heavy mortars, and 48 antitank guns. The troops and supplies have been landed at Chanyi, Kunming, Luliang, and Yunnani. Only 3 planes were lost during the operation.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound 13 storage buildings at Kengtung. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge at Dara. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wan Pa-Hsa and Hawng Luk while 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Cap Saint-Jacques area. 29 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields at Hankow and Wuchang, claiming 50 aeroplanes destroyed in the air and on the ground. 23 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields and other targets in Samah Bay area, claiming 11 aeroplanes destroyed. 30 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack various targets, Sinsiang, Kengtung, and Wan Pa-Hsa, and in Wanling area. 4 P-40 fighters pound fortified hill positions in Salween area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In major strikes of the day United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shore installations along Lingayan Gulf, and bomb Menado. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Miri airfield. Numerous smaller strikes are flown throughout Philippine Islands and Netherlands East Indies (NEI). A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers attack airfields in Luzon, Central Phil area and Mindanao, fighter-bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Pombelaa, Tondano area, and targets in Northeast Celebes. Other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aircraft fly scattered strikes at various targets in Borneo, Lesser Sunda, and Tanimbar Islands.

Seventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan, in morning and afternoon raids, pound Iwo Jima. 7 P-38 Lightning fighters, with 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers as navigational escort, fly strafing mission against Iwo Jima. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers act as airborne spotters for naval bombardment of Chichi Jima and Haha Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly an air coverage mission for a naval Task Force on its approach to Suribachi.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Beckenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Navestock Side.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wanstead.

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tolleshunt D'Arcy.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Addington.

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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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