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9th January 1945

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Ninth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Rinnthal rail bridge with aim of isolating 3 enemy armoured divisions in Landau area. XXIX Tactical Air Command fighters escort the medium bombers. Weather prevents other operations.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges at Palazzuolo sull'Oglio, Pontetidone, Romano di Lombardia, and assembly area at Crespellano. Fighters and fighter-bombers in excellent day against command in West and Central Po Valley and other points in North Italy make numerous rail cuts, destroy or damage many vehicles and trains and effectively hit ammunition and fuel dumps, guns, and strong points along United States Fifth Army front in the North Apennines.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather permits only reconnaissance missions.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). Colonel Minton W Kaye assumes command of Photo Reconnaissance Force, a component of Eastern Air Command (EAC).

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit division Headquarters at Ho-na while 4 others support ground forces in Si-U sector. 90 fighter-bombers hit supply areas, tanks, antiaircraft positions, and troop concentrations at Man Kat, Tonghsim, Kong-lin, Bawdwin, Mong Tat, and in Hsenwi vicinity. 488 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad targets, road bridge, and building area Northeast of Thanh Moi. 25 P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets South, South West, and Northeast of Wanling. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb railroad repair shops at Sinsiang while 3 P-40 fighters hit road West of Muse, causing traffic block.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Amphibious forces of United States Sixth Army begin landing on shores of Lingayen Gulf at 0930. In North Luzon, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mabalacat while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers destroy several bridges and numerous vehicles and trains throughout Luzon, and bomb several airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also hit Nielson airfield and Nichols Field. Far East Air Force (FEAF) aeroplanes make small-scale attacks on barges, airfields, and targets on Mindanao, Halmahera, Ceram area, North Borneo, and on Timor.

Twentieth Air Force. 39 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's from Chengtu bomb harbour at Kirun. This raid is first of several such operations against Formosa in conjunction with the United States invasion of Luzon. 6 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb last resort targets along China coast. 72 Marianas based B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are dispatched against Musashino aircraft plant near Tokyo. High winds break up formations so that only 18 very heavy bombers can bomb the primary target. A large number hits alternates and targets.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, based on Saipan, hit airfields on Iwo Jima which is struck again by 8 heavy bombers on individual snooper missions during 9-10 January 1945.

Eleventh Air Force. For the first time the Eleventh radar-bombs with H2X equipment as 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Suribachi Bay airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Beckenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit South Ockendon.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Basildon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Deptford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Great Warley Street.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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