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12/1/44

Ninth AF

134 MBs and LBs strike defended areas at Fraulautern, Ensdorf, and Saarlautern. Ftrs fly sweeps, armed rcn, and bombing missions over W Germany and spt US VII Corps elements at Inden and Hurtgen Forest and 8th Inf Div of V Corps at Tiefenbach Creek and Brandenberger Forest.


12/1/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's attack 4 railroad bridges in W Po Valley, damaging the bridges at Voghera and Torre Beretti. XXII TAC hits motor transport and train cars at several points in N Italy and hit rail lines over widespread area N of the Apennines, are cut at 3 points.


12/1/44

Tenth AF

30-plus P-47's continue spt of ground forces in Bhamo area. Town areas, troops, warehouses, and supply dumps at Myitson, Mingon, Alezeik, Lenaung, and Old Lashio are pounded by 30-plus P-47's. 17 more hit bridges in N Burma and 8 strafe Hsenwi landing ground. 290 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/1/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-24's attack T/Os in S China Sea. 8 B-26's destroy 3 storage buildings and damage 6 others at Wanling. 9 FBs pound troop positions in the area and destroy or damage several trucks. Several other FBs hit trucks, locomotives, and villages in Chefang area, between Lashio and Hsenwi, from Linfen to Taiyuan, and at Kunlong.


12/1/44

FEAF

Major FEAF strikes include B-24 raids on Bacolod and Fabrica A/Fs and B-25 attack, with P-47 spt, on Lahug A/F. B-25's attack Cagayan A/F. B-25's and FBs also hit several A/Fs and numerous T/Os on Halmahera during a series of raids. Other FEAF aircraft maintain armed rcn and sweeps over wide area of NEI and Phil Is.


12/1/44

Seventh AF

26 Guam-based B-24's pound A/F on Iwo Jima. During 1/2 Dec a B-24 bombs Iwo Jima during a snooper mission.


12/2/44

Eighth AF

Around 275 HBs attack M/Ys at Bingen, Oberlahnstein, and Koblenz-Lutzel, along with a railroad and 4 T/Os. Over 150 HBs abort because of heavy clouds. 8 ftr gps fly spt, encounter over 100 ftrs and claim 17 destroyed. Ftrs down 8 B-24's at Bingen. 3 ftr gps fly sweeps over Cologne-Kassel-Mannheim-Frankfurt/Main area, meet about 50 ftrs and claim 15 destroyed.


12/2/44

Ninth AF

210 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's bomb areas of Saarlautern, Ensdorf, and Fraulautern. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly armed rcn over W Germany (tgts hit include M/Y and bridges), and spt US 1st Inf Div at Luchem, 104th Inf Div at Inden, and 8th Inf Div in Brandenberger Forest-Tiefenbach Creek area.


12/2/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit several bridges in N and NE Italy, scoring effective hits on 2 bridges across the Piave and Brenta Rivers and 4 on the Brenner line. Ftrs and FBs attack comm in Po Valley and spt US Fifth Army forces in battle area S of Bologna. On 1/2 Dec A-20's hit Ghedi A/F and T/Os in NC Po Valley and trains on Brenner line.


12/2/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 500 HBs attack Blechhammer N and S, Odertal and Vienna/Floridsdorf oil refineries, and Strasshof and Celldomolk M/Y and Medvedov highway bridge, plus scattered T/Os in C and E Europe. Ftrs fly escort and carry out rcn missions.


12/2/44

Tenth AF

40 FBs fly close spt strikes in Bhamo battle sector. Supply areas, ammo dumps, personnel and tank concentrations, and strongholds at Mayathein, Kwingyi, Nanthe, Hsai-hkao, Hsenwi, Man Hkam, Wuntho, Tedaw, and Old Lashio are hit by 60-plus FBs. 16 others hit rolling stock on rail line between Hsipaw and Lashio and strafe supply train in Pangkyawng. 10 B-25's pound several N Burma bridges, knocking out road bridges at Tonglau and Nam Nung and 2 railroad orlages at langon. lransports fly 286 sorties to forward areas.


12/2/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's damage several buildings at Hsenwi. 39 P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn attack troops, horses, trucks, railroad yards, shipping, storage facilities, and road machinery between Yungfengshih and Paoching, from Wanling to Lashio, in Chiuchiang area, N of Wanling and Nan-Tan, and at Kichang and Lashio.


12/2/44

FEAF

B-24's hit Dumaguete, Matina, and Cagayan A/Fs. B-24's and B-25's attack Borebore A/F and Kendari. FBs in C Phil and Mindanao spt ground forces and hit supplies, comm, and a variety of T/Os. MBs bomb Namlea A/F and attack shipping off Ceram.


12/2/44

Seventh AF

23 B-24's from Guam hit Iwo Jima. During 2/3 Dec 3 B-24's on snooper missions from Saipan and Guam bomb A/F on Iwo Jima.


12/3/44

Ninth AF

Weather cancels bmr operations. Ftrs fly defensive patrols and armed rcn, hitting rails and bridges and dive-bomb tgts in W Germany including M/Y at Grevenbroich. 104th Inf Div is supported as it extends Inde R bridgehead beyond Lucherberg, US 1st Inf Div as it seizes Luchem, US 8th Inf Div in Brandenberger Forest-Tiefenbach Creek area, and units of US XII Corps at Sarre-Union as it checks a counterattack.


12/3/44

Twelfth AF

Weather hampers operations. Many missions are aborted. MBs score effective hits only on bridge E of Mantua. 57th and 350th Ftr Gps fly 60 sorties against tgts in US Fifth Army battle area S of Bologna and against comm in N Italy. During 2/3 Dec LBs bomb lights throughout Po Valley.


12/3/44

Fifteenth AF

85 B-24's and B-17's bomb Vienna SE freight depot, Linz industrial area, M/Ys at Innsbruck, Villach, and Klagenfurt, and various T/Os. P-38's and P-51's escort HBs and fly rcn and rcn escort. 14 B-17's and B-24's drop supplies in Yugoslavia.


12/3/44

Tenth AF

32 P-47's continue close spt of ground forces attacking Bhamo. 18 others damage road bridges at Hay-ti and Tonbo and 6 attack several railroad bridges in N Burma. 4 drop delay-fuse bombs on Myitson ferry landing. 30-plus FBs hit troop and equipment concentrations, fuel and other supplies, arty, ammo dumps, and general town areas in or near Hopaw, Loipao, Man Kat, Namhpai, and Indaw. 9 strafe T/Os along Shwebo-Wuntho rail line. 4 B-25's during 3/4 Dec destroy train on Tangon railroad bridge and attack several other T/Os. 323 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and frontline areas.


12/3/44

Fourteenth AF

5 B-24's place delayed action bombs near Pengpu bridge. 4 B-25's and 10 P-51's bomb Sintsiang storage area. 67 FBs on armed rcn blast trucks, railroad tgts, warehouses, shipping and other T/Os at Wanling, Loyang, Yuncheng, HeiShih Kuan, Wuhu, and particularly in areas around Shihhweiyao and from Hengyang to Siangtan and Lingling.


12/3/44

FEAF

Major B-24 strikes include raids against Malimpoeng and Mandai. B-25's pound 4 A/Fs on Halmahera while A-20's attack Point Noejew. FBs hit storage area at Palompon and A/Fs near Masbate.


12/3/44

Twentieth AF

Almost 70 XXI BC B-29's based in the Marianas bomb Musashino aircraft plant and docks and urban areas at Tokyo. 6 VHBs are lost.


12/3/44

Seventh AF

17 Guam-ba Yed B-24's pound Iwo Jima. 7 others, escorting photo airplanes over Bonin and Kazan Is, bomb Haha Jima and Iwo Jima. B-24's on snooper missions from the Marianas during 3/4 Dec continue to bomb Iwo Jima.


12/4/44

Eighth AF

Over 1,100 HBs bomb M/Ys at Kassel, Soest, Bebra, Giessen, and Mainz and as secondary tgts Friedberg and Koblenz M/Ys, along with city of Fulda, and several unidentified T/Os. 15 ftr gps fly spt. Most of the 70 ftrs and HBs failing to return to UK land safely on the Continent.


12/4/44

Ninth AF

Weather prevents bmr operations. Ftrs fly armed rcn and spt US 1st, 8th, and 104th Inf Divs at Luchem, Bergstein, and E of Inde R; and XII and XX Corps in drive toward the Saar R and around Saarlautern.


12/4/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's hit defenses in Bagnacavallo and Faenza areas and ammo dump at Tortona. XXII TAC aircraft hit tgts in US Fifth Army battle area S of Bologna in the Apennines and comm to the N of the battle zone. During 3/4 Dec LBs again bomb T/Os in Po Valley.


12/4/44

Fifteenth AF

26 P-38's bomb railroad bridge at Zenica. 14 B-17's and B-24's drop supplies in N Italy. P-38's and P-51's fly rcn and escort missions. Bad weather prevents HB bombing.


12/4/44

Tenth AF

28 P-47's attack and damage bridges at Kawnghka, Namyao, Nampawng, Namhkai, and Hsenwi and demolish main bridge at Ho-kho. 8 P-47's spt ground forces in Bhamo area. 60-plus FBs hit enemy-held positions, troop concentrations, supply areas, warehouses, and general T/Os at Man Mau, Nwegyo, Hkayanzatkon, Mogok, Pangpong, Namahokgyi, Kyusa, Man Maw, Mongnaw, and Man Htam. Transports fly 308 sorties to forward areas.


12/4/44

Fourteenth AF

24 B-25's, supported by 12 P-40's, hit bridges, buildings, and river, road, and rail traffic at several points in China, Indochina, and Burma including Lashio, Kutkai, Namhkai, Saiping, Hsiangcheng, Lingling, Kweilin area, between Minkiang and Sinantien, and between Sinyang and Saiping. 90-plus FBs on armed rcn pound numerous T/Os from Hsenwi to Nanning, Lang Son, and Namhkai and across S China from Burma border to Amoy.


12/4/44

Seventh AF

3 B-24's from Guam hit Marcus while 3 from Saipan bomb Pagan. Snooper missions continue as 2 Marianas-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima during 4/5 Dec.


12/4/44

Eleventh AF

A weather aircraft aborts shortly after takeoff.


12/5/44

Eighth AF

More than 500 HBs attack munitions and tank works at Berlin, Munster M/Y, and 10 T/Os. 15 escorting ftr gps encounter an estimated 275-300 ftrs and claim 90 destroyed.


12/5/44

Ninth AF

172 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's attack M/Y, road junction, fuel storage dump, defended positions, and rail bridge at 8 W German locations. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly numerous armed rcn missions, and provide cover for US 1st, 8th, and 104th Inf Divs in Luchem, Bergstein, and Lucherberg areas.


12/5/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather severely restricts operations. MB missions are cancelled except for a weather rcn flight. Ftrs and FBs hit a few rail lines and other comm tgts in E Po Valley but devote major effort to closely spt US Fifth Army in battle area S of Bologna.


12/5/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather again cancels HB operations. P-38's, escorted by P-51's, fly photo and weather rcn missions.


12/5/44

Tenth AF

31 FBs spt ground forces in Bhamo area. 25 FBs hit Hay-ti, Meza, and 3 other road bridges. 20-plus FBs attack town areas, troop concentrations and storage facilities in or near Kawngwai, Kunmong, Settawagon, and Thitpoklwin. 8 attack T/Os along Shwebo-Wuntho rail line. Transports complete 285 sorties carrying troops to forward bases and dropping supplies to frontline forces. 10 B-25's bomb comm center, supplies, and personnel concentration at Mogok. On this date Tenth AF airplanes begin Operation GRUBWORM, flying Chinese 14th and 22d Divs from Burma to China in preparation for Yunnan campaign to counter a probable Japanese drive toward Kunming.


12/5/44

Fourteenth AF

7 B-24's on sweeps over Gulf of Tonkin, S China Sea, and Formosa Srait bomb Ft Bayard and Kowloon Docks and damage a freighter. 6 B-25's pound T/Os from Liuchow to Liuchenghsien. 61 P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn hit river, road, and rail traffic and other T/Os at scattered points mainly in S China.


12/5/44

FEAF

B-24's strike Hate Tabako, Galela, and Djailolo A/Fs. B-25's and A-20's lightly raid Miti and Kaoe A/Fs. B-25's hit Langoan while B-24's flying in pairs hit T/Os nearby and in N Borneo. FBs over C Phil area hit Japanese positions, barges, and comm tgts.


12/5/44

Seventh AF

P-47's from Saipan strafe runway on Pagan.


12/5/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-24's off for a strike on Kakumabetsu abort due to weather. B-25's cancel a shipping sweep.


12/6/44

Eighth AF

Over 650 HBs, supported by ftrs flying over 750 sorties, bomb synthetic oil plant at Merseburg/Leuna, Minden aqueduct, Bielefeld M/Y, and several other tgts.


12/6/44

Ninth AF

154 A-20's and B-26's bomb defended areas of Munstereifel, Erkelenz, Nideggen, and Daun. Ftrs escort bmrs, fly armed rcn and night patrol, attack bridges, gun positions, and other tgts, and provide air cover for US V, VII, and XII Corps in areas of Bergstein, Lucherberg, and Sarreguemines and along Saar R.


12/6/44

Twelfth AF

Heavy cloud cover, increasing in density throughout the day, severely restricts operations. MBs are grounded except for 1 rcn sortie. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs fly less than 100 sorties, attacking comm in Brescia, Verona, and Mantua areas.


12/6/44

Fifteenth AF

270-plus HBs attack M/Ys at Graz, Szombathely, Sopron, Nagycenk, Hegyeshalom, Maribor, Bratislava, and Devinska Nova Ves, and town of Zalaegerszeg, plus scattered T/Os. P-51's and P-38's escort HBs, cover RAF supply missions to Yugoslavia, and strafe Vienna.


12/6/44

Tenth AF

9 P-47's damage bridge at Namhkai and knock out bridge at Mongmit. 10 B-25's knock out main bridge at Bawgyo and damage bypass. 15 P-47's spt ground forces in Bhamo area, 4 bomb Hsenwi A/F, and 8 strafe Bawgyo AA positions. 12 P-47's hit troops, arty, and supplies at Banmauk, W side of Indawgyi Lake, and Namhkam. Transports fly 300 sorties to forward areas.


12/6/44

Fourteenth AF

8 P-51's attack road traffic in Hsenwi area and from there to Wanling.


12/6/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Bacolod A/F. P-38's over Bacolod and others covering convoy off S Leyte claim several airplanes downed. B-25's, with P-47 spt, hit Cagayan, Jacgol, and Del Monte A/Fs. B-24's hit A/Fs at Kendari and Borebore. FBs and B-25's attack Halmahera I A/Fs while A-20's and B-25's bomb Namlea area.


12/6/44

Eleventh AF

4 B-24's bomb Suribachi A/F, scoring hits on the runway, and blast batteries. On return flight, 1 is hit by AA fire. 1 B-25 flies a negative shipping search. A B-24 weather airplane force-lands in USSR.


12/6/44

Ninth AF

All missions except a few ftr patrols are cancelled because of bad weather.


12/6/44

Twelfth AF

Weather grounds MBs. Ftrs and FBs, despite weather, attack railroads, roads, bridges, rolling stock, and other tgts over widespread areas of N Italy, from La Spezia to N of Po Valley. Bad weather obscures most primaries but alternate tgts are fairly successfully hit.


12/6/44

Fifteenth AF

31 B-17's and B-24's make predawn raids on Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Villach, and Lienz M/Ys, comm tgts in Wolfsberg, Spittal an der Drau, Mittersill, Sankt Veit in Defereggen, and Trieste. P-38's, and P-51's fly rcn and rcn escort missions.


12/6/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's knock out E span of road bridge at Tonbo. 21 P-47's spt ground forces in Bhamo area. 63 blast concentrations of enemy troops and supplies at Male while 4 others hit supplies at Myauk-le. 14 P-47's knock out bridge at Mansam and damage 3 bridges at Mongmit and Namyao. 17 others hit Nawnghkio and bomb supply areas at Na-kawnkongnyaung. Transport fly 267 sorties to forward areas.


12/6/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-25's hit storage area at Lashio. 4 B-25's and 8 P-40's attack and considerably damage Sankiao. 4 B-25's, operating individually, attack truck convoys and other T/Os in Hengyang area and in SiangChiang Valley. 2 B-24's claim 1 cargo vessel sunk in S China Sea while 15 P-51's hit shipping at Hong Kong, claiming a destroyer and freighter sunk. 65 P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn over wide areas of China attack storage areas, troops, bridges, railroad tgts, and gun positions around Paoching, Anking, Hengyang, Tuhshan, Nan Tan, Kengtung, and Luchai and between Kweilin and Liuchow.


12/6/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Malogo A/F, town of Masbate, and Legaspi A/F. B-25's hit Miti, Kaoe, Galela, and Lolobata A/Fs. Other FEAF aircraft fly armed rcn and harassing missions over Mindanao, N Borneo, and Makassar areas, attacking various T/Os.


12/6/44

Twentieth AF

80 B-29's, operating from Chengtu, bomb Manchuria Airplane Manufacturing Company and adjacent arsenal at Mukden. 10 other B-29's bomb a rail yard short of the primary, and several other bmrs strike alternates. The VHBs claim 20 ftrs downed.


12/6/44

Seventh AF

Immediately following an enemy bombing raid on Saipan, 4 P-47's fly rcn over Pagan searching for aircraft but observe none.


12/6/44

Eleventh AF

9 bmrs fly 2 negative shipping searches.


12/8/44

Eighth AF

As part of move to create self-sustaining, mobile air divs, all sub-depots are relieved from assignment to VIII AFSC and assigned to the 3 bomb divs with VIII AFSC retaining technical supervision.


12/8/44

Ninth AF

29 A-26's hit Sinzig rail bridge. Ftrs escort RAF, bomb gun positions, bridges, and city areas, fly armed rcn, and spt US V and VII Corps W of Schmidt and Duren, and XX Corps and XII Corps in Sarreguemines and Dillingen areas.


12/8/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again greatly curtails operations. 4 P-47's on weather rcn of W Po Valley attack trains, claiming destruction of 4 locomotives and damage of almost 100 train cars. On 7/8 Dec 3 A-20's bomb T/Os in Po Valley.


12/8/44

Fifteenth AF

Again hitting comm tgts in predawn attack 24 B-17's and B-24's bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery and Graz, Klagenfurt, and Villach M/Ys. Later in the day P-38's fly photo and weather rcn missions. P-51's escort the photo rcn flights over Vienna area, W Hungary, and N Yugoslavia.


12/8/44

Tenth AF

30-plus P-47's spt ground forces in Bhamo area. 28 hit supply areas at Kyingyi, Loi-Lun, and Hke-hkun. 12 bomb troop concentrations at Namti and 4 hit village on Nawnghkem. 16 FBs attack Shwebo motor pool and radio station while 6 others hit Namun ferry landing. 7 aircraft knock out a bypass bridge at Namhkai and 8 FBs hit railroad T/Os between Sedaw and Nawnghkio. Large-scale transport operations continue.


12/8/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's hit Nan Tan area, killing many horses. 14 P-51's hit A/F and other tgts at Nanking, claiming 24 airplanes, a freighter, and 2 locomotives destroyed. 15 P-40's blast railroad tgts and buildings from Nan Tan area to Liuchow. 25 P-51's hit Hochih and troops, warehouses, trucks and ammo dump in the area. 20-plus other FBs on armed rcn hit various T/Os around Lipo, Shihhweiyao, Tuhshan, Santon, Paoching, Hengyang, Taiyuan, and Linfen areas.


12/8/44

FEAF

60-plus B-25's and FBs (along with RAAF airplanes) hit A/F and various other tgts on Halmahera. 60-plus B-24's bomb Mandurriao, Lahug and La Carlota A/Fs while FBs hit San Isidro area. FEAF aircraft fly armed rcn and light raids over N Borneo, N Celebes, Flores, and Wewak area.


12/8/44

Twentieth AF

60-plus B-29's from the Marianas join P-38's, B-24's and Navy cruisers in strike against A/Fs on Iwo Jima from which Japanese strikes against US A/Fs in the Marianas are being launched. (Japanese aircraft strike the A/Fs on 2, 7, and 27 Nov, 7 and 25 (the largest attack--25 aircraft) Dec, and from 25 Dec 44 to 2 Jan 45 in very minor degrees. Altogether about 80 aircraft attack, and nearly 40 are downed. 11 B-29's are destroyed and 43 damaged).


12/8/44

Seventh AF

89 B-24's from Guam and Saipan join B-29's and naval vessels in bombarding Iwo Jima A/Fs. 28 P-38's escort the B-29's. The strikes are aimed at reducing the raids against US bases in the Marianas.


12/9/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 400 B-17's bomb 2 A/Fs and a M/Y in Stuttgart area, along with 5 T/Os. 7 ftr gps fly escort and strafe transportation tgts.


12/9/44

Ninth AF

254 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's bomb defended villages, storage depots, barracks area, and M/Y in W Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, sweep Landau and Saarbrucken areas, attack Zulpich and bridge at Euskirchen, and spt XII and XX Corps in Sarreguemines and Saar R area and around Dillingen.


12/9/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather grounds MBs. Ftrs and FBs attack comm in C and NE Po Valley.


12/9/44

Fifteenth AF

170 HBs attack Linz industrial area and Villach M/Y, Regensburg oil refinery, and several Plzen armament works. P-51's and P-38's escort the HBs and fly rcn missions.


12/9/44

Tenth AF

12 P-17's knock out a bridge at Mongmit, damage another and blast approach to Namyao bridge. Villages and building areas, supply dumps, and T/Os are attacked at Man Mao, Etgyi, Namhsim, Tawma and other points in N Burma. Transports continue flying men and supplies to forward areas, completing nearly 300 sorties.


12/9/44

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's bomb Lipo, Tuhshan, and Hochih. A B-25 attacks truck convoy in Siang-Chiang Valley while a B-24 claims 1 cargo ship sunk in S China Sea. 19 P-40's and P-51's hit river, road, and rail shipping and other T/Os from Kweiyi to Siangtan. 65 P-51's and P-40's hit similar T/Os around Kweilin, Liuchow, Lingling, Hengyang, Tuhshan, and Chuchou. 50 more FBs hit T/Os at several other locations scattered throughout S China.


12/9/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Lingkas tank farm, Dondang R bridge and Sanga Sanga oil installations, and 3 A/Fs in Amboina-Ceram area. P-38's hit Old Namlea A/F. B-25's attack Wasile Bay area.


12/9/44

Seventh AF

2 B-24's from Saipan during 9/10 Dec fly harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/10/44

Eighth AF

Over 450 HBs strike M/Ys at Bingen and Koblenz-Lutzel and several T/Os supported by 10 ftr gps. 2 other gps sweep E of tgt area.


12/10/44

Ninth AF

About 130 B-26's bomb defended positions at Birkesdorf, and Huchem-Stammeln. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, strafe and dive-bomb numerous tgts in W Germany, and spt US 8th, 9th, 83d, and 104th Inf Divs and 3d and 5th Armd Divs in areas around Bergstein, Duren, and along W bank of the Roer.


12/10/44

Twelfth AF

MBs bomb bridges, fills, and tunnel in Brenner Pass area, hit Fidenza bridge and barracks at Bologna, and spt British Eighth Army in Faenza area, bombing defensive positions. XXII TAC tgts are again predominantly comm N of US Fifth Army battle zone.


12/10/44

Fifteenth AF

550-plus B-17's and B-24's dispatched to bomb oil tgts in Germany are recalled because of overcast weather. 6 B-17's manage to bomb Klagenfurt M/Y as a T/O.


12/10/44

Tenth AF

20 P-47's fly close spt strikes in Bhamo area. 8 others blast approaches to Hay-ti road bridge. 50-plus P-47's hit warehouses and other storage areas, troop concentrations, and positions at Daungbin, Myebalin, Kyaunghkam, Pongon, Thinbaung, Kawnghkang, Pangteng, and Hsipaw. 12 B-25's hit storage areas at Meza, Namun, and Kungmong. Transports fly 178 sorties to forward areas.


12/10/44

Fourteenth AF

25 B-24's bomb city of Hankow. 3 others bomb Samah Bay docks. 8 B-25's bomb Kutkai and hit T/Os in Liuchow area. 118 P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn over wide areas of China attack numerous T/Os, concentrating on rail, river, and road traffic, especially in the Hochih, Changsha, and Yuncheng areas.


12/10/44

FEAF

In principal strikes of the day B-24's hit Pamoesian tank farm and nearby alternates of Lingkas tank farm, Labuan docks, and Lutong refinery, while B-25's pound Sidate A/F. In smaller raids P-38's hit port Misamis. B-25's bomb A/Fs on Boeroe and Amboina, and FBs pound storage facilities and T/Os in C Phil Is.


12/10/44

Seventh AF

3 B-24's from Saipan and 1 from Guam fly harassment strikes against Iwo Jima during 10/11 Dec.


12/11/44

Eighth AF

Over 1,400 HBs attack M/Ys at Frankfurt/Main, Hanau, and Giessen, and road and rail bridges at Mannheim and Maximiliansau, along with several T/Os. 15 ftr gps fly escort and 1 gp later strafes tgts in Kassel-Minden area.


12/11/44

Ninth AF

Over 200 bmrs dispatched to bomb defended villages and storage areas in Germany are recalled because of weather. 1 bmr manages to bomb stores depot at Reichenbach. Ftrs escort RAF, divebomb tgts in German cities, and spt, US 3d Armd Div in Echtz-Geich area, 104th Inf Div at Merken, 9th Inf Div at Merode and Derichsweiler, and 83d Inf Div at Strass.


12/11/44

Twelfth AF

MBs hit Motta di Livenza bridge. Ftrs and FBs hit occupied areas, houses, guns, and defensive positions S of Bologna and attack railroad tgts in C Po Valley. During 10/11 Dec LBs attack vehicles, lights, railway lines, roads, river ferries, and pontoon bridges in Po Valley.


12/11/44

Fifteenth AF

435 HBs, with ftr escorts, attack Moosbierbaum oil refinery, and in Vienna/Matzleinsdorf railroad station, S ordnance depot, and SE goods depot. Alternate tgts include Kapfenberg tank works, town of Tulln, Parndorf A/F, Graz M/Y, and various T/Os.


12/11/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's hit stores area at Hpaklon. 16 P-47's spt ground forces in Bhamo area. 21 P-47's knock out and damage bridges at Mongmit, Man Aitau, Ho-hko, and Pa-mao. 7 FBs severely damage Hsipaw ferry. Supply and personnel concentrations and town areas are hit at Lawa, Myitson, Pemnegon, Nam Pan, Hsenwi, and Nawngpeng. 270 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/11/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-24's and 6 B-25's, supported by 8 P-51's, pound Hai Duong area. 12 B-25's bomb Kutkai. 16 FBs attack Tien Ho A/F, Kengtung barracks, Lashio, and Wan Lai-Kam.


12/11/44

FEAF

In major air activity B-24's bomb Mandurriao A/F. B-25's, with P-47 spt, hit Padada A/F and Fifth AF ftrs join Marine aircraft in attacks on 13-ship convoy off NW Leyte. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs hit Goeroea. Other FEAF planes make small raids on oil and shipping tgts around N Borneo.


12/11/44

Seventh AF

Col Lawrence J Carr becomes CO of VII BC. 28 B-24's from Guam pound A/F and ammunition storage area on Iwo Jima. Night harassment of Iwo Jima continues as individual B-24's from Guam and Saipan fly 3 snooper strikes against the island during 11/12 Dec.


12/11/44

Eleventh AF

4 MBs fly negative enemy shipping search.


12/12/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 1,200 HBs hit M/Ys at Darmstadt, Hanau, and Aschaffenburg, and synthetic oil plant at Merseburg/Leuna (all primary tgts); and other tgts including Friedberg M/Y, Gelnhausen, Nordhausen, Dieburg, and several T/Os. 15 ftr gps fly escort, 4 of them later strafing ground tgts.


12/12/44

Ninth AF

90 B-26's and A-20's strike defended villages of Gemund, Harperscheid, Hellenthal, Schoneseiffen, Wollseiffen, and Schleiden, and towns of Dorsel, Mayen, and Wiesbaden. Ftrs fly armed rcn and strafing and bombing missions in W Germany and spt US 83d Inf Div in Strass-Gey area, cover VII Corps in Duren area, and spt XII and XX Corps in Habkirchen and Bliesbruck areas (35th Inf Div assault across Blies R) and Saarlautern-Dillingen.


12/12/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather cancels all except 11 weather rcn sorties.


12/12/44

Fifteenth AF

75 B-17's and B-24's bomb Blechhammer S oil refinery, Moravska-Ostrava, and several T/Os. Around 40 P-51's and P-38's fly rcn and rcn escort.


12/12/44

Tenth AF

11 B-25's bomb several storage areas N of Lashio. 20-plus P-47's knock out bridges at Namyao, Inailong, and Kunlong, and damage others at Hohko, Hinlong, and Kunlong. 40-plus FBs hit Japanese HQ, trucks, town areas, troop concentrations, and supplies at Sedo, Pale, Chaunggyi, Tada-u, Hsenwi, Shwebo, and Thabyetha. 263 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/12/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Kutkai, damaging 3 warehouses and 2 other buildings. 50-plus P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn attack many T/Os including town areas, road and rail traffic, and supplies at or near Wan Pa-Hsa, Chiengmai, Sinantien, Paoching, Hengyang, Changsha, Kweilin, Nan-Tan, Hochih, and Szeenhsien. Several FBs drop napalm on Yangtong A/F.


12/12/44

FEAF

B-24's, with ftr cover, bomb Bacolod A/F while B-25's hit San Roque A/F. B-24's pound Kendari A/F. In Amboina-Ceram-Boeroe area B-25's hit 3 A/Fs and attack barges. A-20's hit A/F on Efman I.


12/12/44

Twentieth AF

Serv gps of 313th Bomb Wg arrive on Tinian.


12/12/44

Seventh AF

24 Saipan-based B-24's pound Iwo Jima. Individual B-24's from Saipan and Guam fly 5 snooper strikes against Iwo during 12/13 Dec.


12/12/44

Eleventh AF

The weather aircraft aborts mission due to weather.


12/13/44

Eighth AF

Over 200 B-17's dispatched against tgts in Germany are recalled when weather grounds ftr escort.


12/13/44

Ninth AF

250 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's hit supply dump at Schleiden, plus defended positions in several villages and M/Y at Euskirchen. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly night bombing missions, attack tgts in Cologne area, and spt XX Corps in Dillingen- Saarlautern bridgehead area, and XII Corps in Habkirchen-Bliesbruck area along Blies R.


12/13/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again hampers operations. The only B-25 bombing mission of the day aborts. Ftrs and FBs attack mainly occupied areas and buildings in battle area S of Bologna, comm throughout C Po Valley, and coastal defend AA guns S of La Spezia.


12/13/44

Fifteenth AF

Weather restricts operations to rcn and escort missions.


12/13/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's bomb storage and personnel area at Mongmit. 7 P-47's damage approach to Hay-ti road bridge while 4 spt US inf forces near Tonkwa. Supply areas, personnel, Japanese-held buildings, vehicles, and general T/Os are hit by 60-plus FBs at several places including Hosi, Longkin, Kyauktaing, Tigyaing, Kantha, Man-pwe, and Konnyaung. 260-plus transport sorties carry men and supplies to forward areas.


12/13/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's severely damage warehouse area at Hsenwi. 2 bomb town of Wuming. 24 P-51's and P-38's hit town of Bac Ninh and rail yards at Phu Lang Thuong, and damage bridge at Chiengmai.


12/13/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Carolina and Talisay A/Fs. B-25's bomb San Roque, Haroekoe, Amahai, Old Namlea, and Liang A/Fs. B-25's, P-38's, and P-47's on small raids hit shore positions at Galela Bay, while covering attempted rescue of downed pilot by PT boat, and bomb Goeroea supply area. Other B-25's and B-24's on rcn hit T/Os in Sulu Archipelago.


12/13/44

Twentieth AF

70-plus B-29's from the Marianas bomb and considerably damage Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya as bombing accuracy is improved.


12/13/44

Seventh AF

With most of its personnel aboard the Sea Flasher and its equipment aboard the Cape Catoche, Seventh AF HQ arrives at Tanapag. Remainder of HQ arrives by air, 14-19 Dec. 15 Guam-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan, on armed rcn mission, bomb Marcus I. During 13/14 Dec 6 B-24's make individual harassment raids against Iwo Jima from Saipan and Guam.


12/13/44

Eleventh AF

4 MBs weatherabort a shipping search.


12/14/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather grounds bmrs. Ftrs fly armed rcn, hit rail tgts and bridges, and spt US 2d and 99th Inf Divs in Monschau Forest, 8th Inf Div in Bergstein area, 78th Inf Div in Simmerath-Kesternich area, and XII and XX Corps around Habkirchen and Saarlautern.


12/14/44

Twelfth AF

MBs score effective hits on railroad bridges at Parma and Chivasso. Ftrs and FBs attack rail lines N of the immediate battle area and in Po Valley and hit guns and occupied areas on US Fifth Army front S of Bologna.


12/14/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather cancels all operations except 1 P-38 rcn mission.


12/14/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's again bomb supply and personnel area at Mongmit. Bodegon railroad bridge is severely damaged by 4 P-47's. 48 P-47's hit troop concentrations, supplies, and areas of active enemy movement at Panghkam, Hohai, Dobin, Kyaukpyintha, Ho-naw, Kunlong, and Nawngkyaung. 4 others spt ground forces near Tonkwa. Large-scale transport operations to forward areas continue. Japanese garrison at Bhamo prepares to withdraw.


12/14/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Loi Mwe while 10 P-38's and P-51's hit Kentung.


12/14/44

FEAF

B-24's pound A/Fs on Negros. B-25's hit Zettle Field in Sulu Archipelago and Namlea. Other planes carry out sweeps, armed rcn, and light raids against various tgts in C Phil Is, Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan Ia, Halmahera, N Borneo, and Sulu Archipelago.


12/14/44

Twentieth AF

33 B-29's, flying out of Calcutta area, bomb railroad bridge at Bangkok. 14 others hit T/Os and alternate tgts.


12/14/44

Seventh AF

24 Saipan-based B-24's pound Iwo Jima. During 14/15 Dec 6 B-24's from Guam and Saipan fly individual snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/15/44

Eighth AF

Around 650 HBs strike Hannover M/Y, Kassel tank factories and M/Y, and 9 T/Os. 11 ftr gps fly escort.


12/15/44

Ninth AF

300-plus A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's hit defended positions, camp area, and oil storage at Heimbach, Wollseifen, Harperscheid, Schonau, Ruthen, and Dorsel. Ftrs escort 9th bomb Div, hit supply and ammo dumps and other tgts during bombing attacks and armed rcn, and spt US 2d and 99th Inf Divs in area of Westwall fortifications, 78th Div at Kesternich, and 8th Inf and 5th Armd Div N of Kesternich. Ftrs spt XX and XII Corps in Dillingen-Saarlautern area and at Habkirchen and heights along Blies R.


12/15/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's, attack ammo dumps at Cremona, Bologna, and Pavia, fuel dump at Castellar Guidobono, and severely damage railway bridges S of Asti and at Voghera. Ftrs and FBs again hit tgts in US Fifth Army battle area S of Bologna and comm in C Po Valley and make numerous rail cuts throughout the area (especially on the vital Brenner Line) destroying many vehicles and train cars. Several bridges are hit, 3 being left impassable.


12/15/44

Fifteenth AF

330-plus HBs attack main M/Ys, main station, and freight yard at Linz, M/Ys at Amstetten, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Rosenheim (all primary tgts) and T/Os including Klagenfurt and Waldhausen M/Y and town of Sankt Johann in Tirol. Schwaz M/Y is also hit (due to malfunction of instruments). 250plus P-38's and P-51's provide escort.


12/15/44

Tenth AF

10 B-25's destroy Hsi-paw railroad bridge and a bypass bridge at Namhkai and damage other bridges at Namhkai. 4 P-47's severely damage 2 bridges at Ho-hko. 7 P-47's fly close spt strikes along Namh-KamBhamo road. Japanese garrison at Bhamo escapes through Chinese lines early in the morning and later Chinese troops occupy the town. 13 P-47's hit Lashio A/F. Town areas, troop concentrations, and supply areas are attacked at Panglong, Nanponpon, Panghkam, Kinu, Man Hpai, and Namhkam. Steady air movement of men and supplies to forward bases and frontline areas continues.


12/15/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's blast storage building at Kunlong. 5 P-51's hit and damage a bridge and a building S of Huizan. 4 P-38's knock out bridge at Hawng Luk.


12/15/44

FEAF

In major strikes of the day, FBs hit fuel dump at San Fernando; B-24's and B-25's bomb Sasa and San Roque A/Fs; B-24's bomb Puerto Princesa; and B-25's hit A/Fs on Ceram and Amboina. Miscellaneous armed rcn and light raids by ftrs and bmrs are flown against A/Fs on Boeroe I and on Halmahera; shipping and other T/Os are attacked at several points throughout NEI.


12/15/44

Seventh AF

13 B-24's from Guam bomb Iwo Jima. During 15/16 Dec a B-24 on snooper raid from Guam hits the island.


12/15/44

ZI

Continental AF is activated to coordinate the work of the 4 domestic AFs and I TC Cmd but will not assume jurisdiction until 8 May 45.


12/16/44

Eighth AF

Over 100 B-17's supported by 3 ftr gps bomb Stuttgart M/Y, city of Bietigheim, and a T/O.


12/16/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather cancels 9th Bomb Div combat operations. Ftrs escort RAF, fly night patrol and intercept missions, and spt US First Army elements in Ardennes as German FM von Rundstedt begins allout counteroffensive, and XII and XX Corps at Saarlautern bridgehead and in Saint-Avold-Saarbrucken area where news of Ardennes counteroffensive cancels XII Corps plans for assault on Westwall.


12/16/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather grounds MBs. XXII TAC FBs hit occupied buildings and guns in battle zone S of Bologna, continue attacks on Brenner rail line effecting 16 rail cuts, hit and set aflame 3 vessels in La Spezia drydock, and blast several railroad bridges N of battle area.


12/16/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 600 B-24's and B-17's bomb synthetic oil plant at Brux and armament works at Plzen, benzol plant at Linz, and M/Ys at Innsbruck and Villach, plus several scattered T/Os. P-38's and P-51's escort operations to Czechoslovakia. Other P-38's fly rcn missions while P-51's fly rcn escort.


12/16/44

Tenth AF

4 P-47's spt US ground forces near Tonkwa. Locomotives, storage areas, buildings, personnel, and areas of Japanese activity are attacked at Se-eng, Nanponpon, Kangon, Winghsa, Inywa, Molo, and Mabein. Large-scale air supply to forward areas continues.


12/16/44

FEAF

Major operations of FEAF include B-24 strikes on Padada and Puerto Princesa A/Fs. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs attack A/Fs and T/Os including shipping in Ceram area and in C Phil Is. T/Os are also attacked in N Borneo and in Vogelkop Peninsula area.


12/16/44

Seventh AF

Daytime activities are limited to rcn flights by B-24's over the Bonin and Kazan Is and by P-47's over Pagan. During 16/17 Dec 3 B24's from Guam and Saipan fly individual snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/17/44

Ninth AF

Weather prevents bmr operations. Over 1,000 ftrs fly armed rcn, defensive patrols, and attacks on bridges and gun positions. IX and XIX TACs also spt ground forces (8th, 28th, 78th, 99th, and 106th Inf Divs, 5th Armd Div, V, VII, VIII, XII, and XX Corps) against counteroffensive in the Ardennes and in battle to hold Saarlautern bridgehead.


12/17/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather again cancels MB operations. XXII TAC hits comm in Po Valldssssey and attacks Trento M/Y on rail line running N to Brenner Pass.


12/17/44

Fifteenth AF

550-plus HBs bomb oil refineries at Blechhammer N and S, Odertal and Moravska-Ostrava, M/Ys at Gross Strehlitz, Villach, Saak, Salzburg, and Wels. P-38's and P-51's escort HBs, fly rcn, strafe railroad running from Rosenheim into Austria, and escort photo rcn operations. Enemy ftrs appear in force for first time since Aug HBs and ftrs claim 55 air victories.


12/17/44

Tenth AF

8 P-47's spt ground forces in Namhkam sector. 8 more P-47's hit rail T/Os between Kyaikthin to Kinu, then E to the Irrawaddy and up the river to Tigyaing. 4 hit rivercraft at Tagaung. 50-plus FBs attack storage areas, vehicles, bivouacs, personnel areas, and general T/Os at Pang-hsao, Kyaukme, Manai, Kutkai, Ma-ugon, Hpa-ye, and Man Namman. 12 more strafe T/Os during Kyaukme-Nampyao railroad sweep. 290 transport sorties are flown.


12/17/44

Fourteenth AF

9 B-24's pound Camranh Bay area. 5 B-25's bomb road at Wan Pa-Hsa while 12 FBs hit nearby railroad bridge, damaging it severely.


12/17/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Bacolod A/F while B-25's hit Silay A/F. P-40's join Marine FBs in attacking Cananga area and P-38's destroy several aircraft during sweeps over Negros. B-25's bomb Likanan while B-24's with P-47 spt, hit Jolo A/F. FBs hit positions at Valencia. B-24's and FBs attack Jesselton and Laha A/Fs.


12/17/44

Seventh AF

24 B-24's from Saipan and 26 from Guam pound Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan, on armed rcn, bomb Woleai Atoll and Eauriprik. During 17/18 Dec B-24's from Saipan and Guam fly 3 single-plane harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/18/44

Eighth AF

Over 350 HBs hit M/Ys at Cologne-Kalk, Kaiserslautern, and Mainz, areas of Koblenz, Lutzel, and Bonn, and several T/Os. Bad weather causes over 500 aborts. 7 ftr gps fly escort.


12/18/44

Ninth AF

160-plus A-26's, A-20's, and B-26's hit defended positions at Harperscheid, Hellenthal, Blumenthal, Dreiborn, and Herhahn. Ftrs fly sweeps and armed rcn over W Germany (claiming over 40 enemy airplanes downed plus hitting numerous ground tgts) and spt US 2d, 4th, 28th, and 106th Inf Divs W of Butgenbach, W of Trier, SE of Clervaux, and SE of Saint-Vith, and XII Corps at Niedergailbach. IX TAC hits Panzer units spearheading Bulge.


12/18/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again curtails operations. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs hit comm in E Po Valley, scoring particular success against lines in N part of the Valley in Padua region, and spt US Fifth Army operations in battle area S of Bologna.


12/18/44

Fifteenth AF

560-plus HBs hit oil refineries at Blechhamer (2), Odertal, Vienna/Floridsdorf, MoravskaOstrava, and Auschwitz; M/Ys at Graz, Studenzen, and Sopron; Bruck an der Mur industrial area, and various scattered T/Os. Ftrs fly escort and rcn missions.


12/18/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's knock out two railroad bridges at Wetlet and damage another at Saye. 17 P-47's destroy bypass bridges at Hinlong and Wingkang. 11 P-47's hit A/F at Nawnghkio while 12 others sweep A/Fs at Anisakan, Hsumhsai, and Nawnghkio. 9 FBs provide close spt to ground forces in Namhkam. 17 P-47's attack personnel and supply areas at Man Ton and Hseing-hkai. 292 transports fly men and supplies to forward bases and battle areas.


12/18/44

Fourteenth AF

33 B-24's bomb barracks and administrative buildings at Hankow. 23 B-25's hit Wuchang. 7 B-25's bomb barracks and damage a bridge at Siaokan A/F while 6 others pound storage buildings at Kunlong. 149 P-40's and P-51's spt the Hankow, Siaokan, and Wuchang raids and claim 42 aircraft downed and destroyed on the ground. 20 P-51's and P-38's follow the B-25 strike on Kunlong with napalm attacks, causing considerable damage. 28 other P-40's and P-51's attack various T/Os around Hochih, Nanning, Mengmao, Wanling, Sang Song, and Phu Bang Thuong.


12/18/44

FEAF

FBs destroy bridge on Palompon-Cananga road on Leyte and pound Calatagan A/F. B-25's hit San Roque A/F. FBs attack Tanao harbor and A/F and T/Os in Tarakan area, strafe seaplane facilities at Sanga Sanga, and bomb Haroekoe A/F.


12/18/44

Twentieth AF

63 B-29's flying out of the Marianas hit Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya. 10 others bomb last resort tgts and T/Os. 84 B-29's, flying out of Chengtu area, drop incendiaries on docks at Hankow in the first mass firebomb attack by B-29's. The strike is made in conjunction with 200 aircraft of Fourteenth AF, 5 other VHBs hit alternates.


12/18/44

Seventh AF

6 Guam-based B-24's flying armed photo rcn over Moen, Param, and Eten bomb Dublon. After photographing A/Fs on the 3 islands, the HBs return by way of Woleai, Puluwat, and Namonuito and photograph all 3 atolls. During 18/19 Dec, 4 B-24's from Guam and Saipan fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/19/44

Eighth AF

Over 300 HBs attack Ehrang and Koblenz M/Ys and 8 W German rail and road junctions, rail and road chokepoints, and railhead tgts. Only 1 ftr gp flies escort as weather grounds others.


12/19/44

Ninth AF

All administrative sections and extra operational equipment of XXIX TAC are moved from Maastricht to Saint-Trond to avert transportation problems should XXIX TAC be subsequently forced into a hasty withdrawal. Weather grounds bmrs. Ftrs fly armed rcn in W Germany, escort RAF Lancasters, fly patrols from Belgium to the Rhine, spt US 1st, 2d, 99th, and 106th Inf Divs, and 7th Armd Div (N and E of Malmedy and SE and SW of Saint-Vith), and fly cover for US Twelfth Army troops and XII Corps near Verdun and Saint-Avold.


12/19/44

Twelfth AF

Weather grounds MBs. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs, unable to reach primary tgts further N, hit comm N of battle area but concentrate mainly on gun positions in La Spezia area.


12/19/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 400 B-24's and B-17's attack Blechhammer N and S and Moravska-Ostrava oil refineries, Rosenheim rail sidings and M/Y and Strasshof, Villach, Klagenfurt, Graz, Innsbruck, and Sopron M/Ys, town of Sternberk, and several scattered T/Os. P-38's and P-51's fly rcn missions and escort HBs.


12/19/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's hit road junctions at Mongmit and S of Kyaukme, Kyaukme railroad station, and Hsenwi bridge. 7 P-47's severely damage Tonbo road bridge, and 11 others hit T/Os during Onmaka-Hsoplong rail sweep. 42 P-47's pound supply and personnel areas and troops at Myadaung, Tantabin, and Twinnge, village of Nyaugbintha, and truck park near Humon. 300-plus transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/19/44

Fourteenth AF

16 B-25's, escorted by 24 P-40's, attack Pengpu. 4 P-38's bomb Wanling-Mongyu road causing trafflc block. 4 P-51's claim 2 freighters sunk off Hong Kong. 2 P-40's destroy 3 locomotives and a truck at Sinyang.


12/19/44

FEAF

Ftr-supported B-25's bomb Fabrica A/F. Ftrs on sweep over Ponay, Negros, and Leyte hit Fabrica, Bacolod, Silay, Dumaguete and Alicante A/Fs, and town of Palompon. B-24's bomb Legaspi A/F while P-38's hit Batangas A/F. B-25's, A-20's, and P-38's pound Kairatoe area. Other FEAF aircraft on armed rcn, sweeps, and small strikes hit T/Os at many locations throughout NEI and Phil Is.


12/19/44

Twentieth AF

17 B-29's, from Chengtu area, hit aircraft plant at Omura, 13 others hit secondary tgt of Shanghai, and another 2 strike other alternates.


12/19/44

Seventh AF

HQ Seventh AF is officially opened at Tanapag. 27 B-24's from Saipan and 25 from Guam strike Iwo Jima. 3 on armed rcn from Guam bomb Marcus. 14 P-38's from Saipan, with 3 B-29's as navigational escort, strafe A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 4 B-25's from Guam and Saipan carry out 3 snooper strikes against Iwo Jima during 19/20 Dec.


12/19/44

ZI

4 ftrs of Fourth AF, directed by Los Angeles Control Gp to search for Japanese balloon reported over Santa Monica, are unable to locate the tgt.


12/20/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather prevents all combat operations, except night intruder mission by 2 ftrs.


12/20/44

Twelfth AF

Continued bad weather limits operations. MBs are grounded and overcast prevents ftrs and FBs to reach many tgts in C and E Po Valley. However, the Brenner line is cut S of Trento and trains are successfully attacked near Padua and Treviso. Armed rcn in W Po Valley accounts for several locomotives, vehicles, and other T/Os, and railroads, bridges, and T/Os are hit in the La Spezia and Genoa areas. During 19/ 20 Dec LBs attack lights at 5 locations in E Po Valley.


12/20/44

Fifteenth AF

For fifth consecutive day, HBs hit Axis oil production. 454 HBs hit Regensburg oil refinery, M/Ys at Linz, Salzburg, and Villach, and armament works at Plzen. Over 300 P-38's and P-51's provide escort. 40-plus others fly rcn and rcn-escort missions.


12/20/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's destroy 3 road bridges at Mongmit, bypass bridges at Tangon and Tantabin, and 3 bridges in N Burma. 3 other MBs blast ferry area at Thabeikkyin. 12 P-47's knock out Hay-ti road bridge and damage Pa-mao bridge. 12 other FBs sweep the Irrawaddy from Sheinmaga to Twinnge, strafing several T/Os. 13 P-47's spt ground forces in Namhkam sector. Troops, supply areas, and buildings are pounded at Hseing-hkai, Tigyaing, Na-kawnkongnyaung, and Man Hkunhawng. Transport operations to front areas total 284 sorties.


12/20/44

Fourteenth AF

118 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over S China and E Burma attack road, rail, and river traffic and other T/Os, mainly in or near Wanling, Mongyu, Monhkong, Lashio, Hochih, Chinchenchiang Hong Kong, Sinyang, Lohochai, Leiyang, Kweilin, Sintsiang, Siangtan, Paoching, Liuchenghsien, Hengshan, and Hengyang.


12/20/44

FEAF

150-plus B-24's, B-25's, and FBs pound 10 A/Fs throughout C Phil Is and 3 on Mindanao. In NEI B-24's hit Malang A/F and B-25's hit Haroekoe. Numerous other single FEAF flights and small forces attack a large variety of T/Os throughout NEI and the Phil Is.


12/20/44

Seventh AF

23 B-24's, based on Saipan, pound Iwo Jima. During 20/ 21 Dec 6 B-24's from Guam and Saipan hit Iwo Jima with 5 snooper strikes.


12/20/44

Eleventh AF

A B-24 flies armed rcn over the Kurils. Another B-24 strikes Onnekotan installations, while 2 more flying armed photo mission over Kashiwabara and Kataoka also strafe buildings on Onnekotan and bomb Nemo Bay. 4 B-25's abort a fighter-decoy mission due to weather.


12/21/44

Ninth AF

IX and XXIX TACs are transferred from Ninth AF to British Second Tac AF control to operate against the N line of the Bulge. XIX TAC flies armed weather and intruder rcn in SaarbruckenTrier area. Weather grounds all operations.


12/21/44

Twelfth AF

During 20/21 Dec A-20's attack highways, secondary roads, and T/Os in N and C Po Valley. During the day, bad weather grounds MBs and reduces ftr and FB operations of XXII TAC. However, XXII TAC aircraft are effective against railroad tgts in Treviso area and damage Ghedi A/F. Trains, vehicles, guns, and buildings are attacked in or near Mantua, Milan, Turin, La Spezia, Padua, and Mestre.


12/21/44

Fifteenth AF

84 B-24's bomb main M/Y and railroad sidings at Rosenheim. 40 P-51's provide escort. Over 40 P-38's fly photo rcn and rcn escort missions.


12/21/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's bomb supply and personnel area at Magyidon. 13 P-47's damage bridges at Hay-ti, Mong Long, and Pa-Mao. Rail T/Os from Hsumhsai to Hsipaw are attacked by 12 P-47's. More than 20 FBs hit troop concentrations at several points including Man Ka-lao and general area E of Shweli R. 12 P-47's bomb and strafe Lashio area. 290-plus transport sorties are flown to forward bases and frontline areas.


12/21/44

Fourteenth AF

5 P-40's and P-51's fly armed rcn over wide expanses of S China, E Burma and N Indochina. The ftrs attack chiefly troops and river, road, and rail trafflc and a variety of T/Os at numerous locations. 9 B-25's bomb Kunlong and Minkiang.


12/21/44

FEAF

24's, B-25's, and FBs pound 10 A/Fs mostly on Negros and elsewhere in C Phils. Leyte-based FBs fly over 100 attack sorties. Likanan A/F is also hit by HBs. B-25's pound Goeroea, Anggai, and Lolobata.


12/21/44

Twentieth AF

19 B-29's from Chengtu attack Mukden. The primary objective (Manchuria Airplane Manufacturing Company) suffers little damage and nearby arsenal and rail yards are slightly damaged. 8 other VHBs bomb alternates and T/Os.


12/21/44

Seventh AF

23 Guam-based B-24's hit Iwo Jima. During 21/22 Dec, 4 B-24's from the Marianas fly 3 harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/22/44

Ninth AF

3 ftr gps of IX TAC are transferred to XIX TAC to concentrate air power for cooperation with US Third Army to which main effort against the Bulge has been assigned. The gps return to control of IX TAC on 25 Dec. Ftrs fly a few strafing, weather rcn, intruder patrol, and alert missions. Bad weather cancels all other missions.


12/22/44

Twelfth AF

During 21/22 Dec A-20's hit scattered tgts in Po Valley. Clearing weather during the day enables MBs to hit bridges at Torre Beretti, Pontetidone, and at Chiari. FBs concentrate on railway tgts, destroying 5 bridges in N Italy and making numerous cuts in rail lines, several on the important Brenner line. Motor transport and guns N of battle area are also successfully attacked.


12/22/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather restricts operations to rcn, supply dropping, and escort missions over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia.


12/22/44

Tenth AF

12 B-25's bomb supply area at Magyidon. 8 P-47's knock out Namhkai bypass bridge and damage 2 bridges at Kinu. 16 hit T/Os along Irrawaddy R from Tagaung to Thabeikkyin and along road E and N to Mongmit. 12 P-47's bomb and strafe personnel area at Onbauk and bridge at Na-lang. More than 300 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/22/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's damage bridge at Song Hoa. 2 B-25's bomb Yungning. 80-plus P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over wide reaches of S China, E Burma, and N Indochina hit numerous T/Os. A/Fs at Heho and Tien Ho are strafed and several airplanes are destroyed in battles over Canton and Kai Tek A/Fs. Rail facilities, river and road traffic, and other T/Os are hit at several locations including Chinchengchiang, Wanling, Gia Lam, and Pingsiang-Yungning area.


12/22/44

FEAF

B-24's, with P-47 spt, bomb Clark Field while P-40's bomb and strafe Lipa A/F. B-24's bomb Carolina A/F while B-25's, with P-47 cover, hit Fabrica A/F. On Mindanao B-24's bomb storage and personnel areas while B-25's hit water-front at Zamboanga. FEAF aircraft fly numerous shipping searches, armed rcn, and sweeps over Mindanao and throughout NEI. Numerous FBs pound Wasile R and Goeroea areas and Hate Tabako A/F. US and RAAF B-24's, B-25's, and FBs bomb Lolobata and Hate Tabako A/Fs and Goeroea area.


12/22/44

Twentieth AF

48 B-29's from XXI BC hit Mitsubishi aircraft industrial complex. Total cloud cover prevents accuracy, and damage is light. B-29's claim 9 ftrs downed.


12/22/44

Seventh AF

During 22/23 Dec 2 Guam and Saipan-based B-24's make harassing strikes on Iwo Jima.


12/23/44

Eighth AF

Almost 400 HBs attack M/Ys at Ehrang, Kaiserslautern, and Homburg/Saar, comm centers at Junkerath, Ahrweiler, and Dahlem, rail junction at Homburg/Saar, and several T/Os. 7 P-51 gps fly escort and encounter an estimated 75-100 ftrs, claiming 23 shot down. 3 ftr gps on sweeps encounter about 350 ftrs and claim 46 destroyed.


12/23/44

Ninth AF

Around 500 B-26's and A-20's attack rail bridges, comm tgts, villages, rail junction and T/Os in Germany losing 31 bmrs. Ftrs fly bmr escort, armed rcn, and patrols (claiming over 100 aircraft downed and 3 A/Fs bombed), and spt ground forces between Werbomont and Butgenbach along N battleline of Bulge and US III, VIII, and XII Corps forces along S battleline of the Bulge.


12/23/44

Twelfth AF

On 22/23 Dec A-20's on intruder patrols hit Po R crossings and T/Os. Bad weather during day grounds MBs. FBs operate in W Po Valley, mainly against railway comm. A/F near Milan is attacked, and several enemy airplanes destroyed.


12/23/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather again limits operations to rcn, supply dropping, and escort missions over C and E Europe.


12/23/44

Tenth AF

15 P-47's knock out and damage bridges at Mong Long, Pa-mao, and Man Pwe. 12 B-25's destroy bridges at Tonbo, Saye, Ketka, and Nampawng, and damage several others. 40-plus FBs attack storage areas, bivouacs, and enemy-held points at Namhkam, Nyaunggyin, Hseinghkai, Mongyin, and Kutkai. Transport sorties to forward bases and frontline areas total 353.


12/23/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-25's pound points along Burma Road. 13 B-25's hit town areas, trains, and other T/Os at Vinh, from Dap Cau to Lungchow, and from Lang Son to Yungning. In China 3 B-25's and 5 P-40's damage about 50 railroad cars in area S of Yellow R. 16 P-51's over Wuchang and Hankow damage 2 ferry ramps and blast 3 oil dumps. 12 P-51's and P-38's damage 2 hangars at Heho A/ F, 12 P-51's pound railroad shops at Chenghsien, and bomb Houmachen with napalm.


12/23/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Fabrica and Silay A/Fs. P-38's and P-47's provide cover. B-24's bomb Grace Park A/F and B-25's pound San Roque A/F and Davao and Zamboanga areas. B-25's and FBs blast Lolobata, Hate Tabako, and Goeroea area. Again numerous FEAF aircraft fly various small strikes, armed rcn, and sweeps over Phil Is and NEI. FBs are especially active against tgts in C Phil Is and Halmahera.


12/23/44

Seventh AF

12 B-24's from Saipan and 14 from Guam hit Iwo Jima. 3 others from Guam, flying armed rcn mission, bomb Woleai. During the night 2 B-24's from Guam and Saipan fly harassing strikes against Iwo Jima.


12/23/44

Eleventh AF

The weather mission finds squall conditions and is aborted.


12/24/44

Eighth AF

Almost 1,900 (of over 2,000 dispatched) HBs attack 11 A/Fs, 14 comm centers, and numerous other tgts including 2 M/Ys, 5 cities, and over 50 T/Os--all in battle areas. 13 ftr gps meet over 200 enemy ftrs and claim 70 destroyed.


12/24/44

Ninth AF

276 MBs and LBs hit rail bridges and comm centers in W Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly armed rcn, and spt US III, VIII, and XII Corps along S battleline of the Bulge, stretching from Echternach to area NW of Neufchateau, as 4th Armd Div reaches enemy's ring around Bastogne.


12/24/44

Twelfth AF

Weather again holds operations to a minimum. However, P-47's carry out very successful raid on Thiene A/F, causing considerable damage and destroying several enemy airplanes. Other missions find little activity and result in destruction of only a few trucks and trains.


12/24/44

Fifteenth AF

Unfavorable weather curtails all but photo and weather rcn missions.


12/24/44

Tenth AF

38 P-47's hit troop concentrations and supply areas at Pangkai, Man-namman, Man Om, Mong Nge, and Kyanhnyat. 6 spt ground forces in Si-U sector while 12 hit T/Os along Sinlum-Nawghkio rail line. 8 P-47's strafe A/F at Lashio. 287 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/24/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's blast Kunlong ferry area 3 B-24's claim 1 tanker sunk in S China Sea. 100-plus P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn attack T/Os throughout S China, especially river, road, and rail trafflc, troops, and buildings around Hengyang, Lingling, Siangtan, and Changsha. Also Hong Kong area shipping is pounded (1 tanker claimed sunk and other ships damaged) and 30-plus enemy airplanes claimed destroyed at Tsinan A/F.


12/24/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Clark Field, Puerto Princesa, and Kudat A/Fs. B-25's and FBs blast Goeroea area, bomb Silay A/F and hit San Roque barracks, Zamboanga waterfront, and Davao Bay shipping. Again FEAF aircraft on miscellaneous small operations attack many tgts throughout NEI and Phil Is.


12/24/44

Twentieth AF

23 XXI BC B-29's attack 2 A/Fs on Iwo Jima.


12/24/44

Seventh AF

12 B-24's from Saipan and 38 from Guam strike Iwo Jima. 17 Saipan-based P-38's make low-level strafing attack on Iwo Jima. 23 other B-24's, based on Saipan, bomb Chichi Jima. 2 B-24's on harassment strikes from the Marianas hit Iwo Jima during 24/25 Dec.


12/25/44

Eighth AF

Over 350 HBs hit 18 tgts (mostly rail bridges and comm centers) in the tac area W of the Rhine. 9 escorting ftr gps encounter over 300 ftrs and claim more than 40 kills.


12/25/44

Ninth AF

Nearly 650 MBs and LBs hit rail and road bridges, comm centers and T/Os in W Germany and breakthrough area. Ftrs, including an Eighth AF gp loaned to Ninth, escort 9th Bomb Div, fly patrols and armed rcn, and spt US III, VIII, and XII Corps along S battleline of enemy salient from Echternach to NW of Neufchateau.


12/25/44

Twelfth AF

Clearing weather in Po Valley permits FBs to successfully cut numerous rail lines running N to Brenner Pass, and lines in E Po Valley, destroying or damaging several locomotives.


12/25/44

Fifteenth AF

253 HBs hit Brux synthetic oil plant and main M/Y at Wels. 145 others bomb M/Ys at Plattling, Villach, Hall, Graz, Innsbruck (2), and Rosswein and Innsbruck AA position and rail siding. Over 30 ftrs escort Brux-WelsRosswein-Plattling raids. Other P-38's and P-51's fly rcn escort and cover MATAF B-25's on Yugoslav supply run.


12/25/44

Tenth AF

4 P-47's bomb and strafe troop concentrations and supplies at Mabein. 8 others sweep Burma Road stretches and strafe Lashio A/F. Transports fly 259 sorties delivering men and supplies to forward bases and frontline areas.


12/25/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's and 8 FBs knock out bridge at Wan PaHsa. 22 P-51's pound railroad ferry, damage tanker at Nanking, and hit nearby A/F, claiming 13 airplanes destroyed. 30-plus other P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn hit various T/Os around Yungning, Kunming, Kiungshan, Paoching, Wanling, Man Pong, and Mong Long.


12/25/44

FEAF

B-24's, with ftr spt, bomb Mabalacat, Sasa, Sandakan and Jesselton A/Fs. B-25's, along with RAAF FBs, hit Galela area. Other B-25's and FBs pound Mindanao and Halmahera I tgts again during several smaller raids throughout the day.


12/25/44

Seventh AF

12 B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. B-24's from Guam and Saipan continue night strikes against Iwo Jima during 25/ 26 Dec.


12/26/44

Eighth AF

Over 100 HBs attack 3 M/Ys and 2 bridges at Andernach, Neuwied, Sinzig, and Niederlahnstein, and 3 other tgts in W German battle area. 5 ftr gps fly escort and 2 others fly sweeps in Bonn area.


12/26/44

Ninth AF

9th Bomb Div attacks road junctions, rail bridges, rail head, comm and casual tgts in breakthrough area as enemy's westward drive ends short of the Maas R. Ftrs fly escort, armed rcn, sweeps, and spt US III and VIII Corps S of Bastogne, as US 4th Armd Div breaks ring around the city.


12/26/44

Twelfth AF

Good weather permits operations in force for first time in several days. During 25/26 Dec A-20's bomb area between battleline and Bologna, attack lights, motor transport, and railroads in Po Valley, and hit Vicenza A/F. During the day MBs concentrate on Brenner Pass and hit Padua, San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Ponte di Piave, Dolce, Pordenone railroad bridge, and 2 dumps in Bologna area. FBs bomb railways, especially Brenner line, bridges in Po Valley, and NE Italy, spt US Fifth Army forces S of Bologna and in Serchio R Valley where Germans begin series of counterattacks, and hit shipping at La Spezia and Genoa.


12/26/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 380 B-24's and B-17's bomb Odertal, Blechhammer S, and Auschwitz oil refineries, railroad bridge at Ora and viaduct at Avisio, plus scattered T/Os 26 P-38's bomb railroad bridge at Latisana. P-38's and P-51's escort the HB missions.


12/26/44

Tenth AF

8 B-25's knock out and damage bridges at Taunggon, Padan, and Kyaukhlebein. 34 P-47's hit troop concentrations at Panghai, Mongyu, Na-hsang, Man Om, and Hpa-lin. 8 others hit stores area and distributing point at Hsenwi, 11 attack supplies at Pangpao, and 2 bomb rafts, boats, and landing points at Myitson ferry. 4 B-25's fly offensive night rcn against comm lines. 275 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


12/26/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Wan Lai-Kam. 5 B-25's hit T/Os in Formosa Strait, in Siang-Chiang Valley, and at Ikiawan and Changsha. 12 P-51's attack Tsinan A/F. 46 P-51's, P-38's, and P-40's hit railroad tgts, shipping, storage and other T/Os at or near Kinkiang, Anking, Ka-chun, Lampang, Monglong Valley, and Man Pong.


12/26/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Clark Field. B-25's hit Matina A/F, shipping in Davao R, and bomb nearby Samal I. B-24's hit Libby A/F. B-25's, B-24's, and FBs hit Galela, Lolobata, and Hate Tabako. Miscellaneous attacks by other FEAF airplanes are flown against tgts in N Borneo, NE Celebes, and Halmahera.


12/26/44

Seventh AF

13 Guam-based B-24's hit Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan fly armed rcn and bomb Marcus. 2 HBs from the Marianas strike Iwo Jima during 26/27 Dec.


12/27/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 600 HBs attack tgts in battle area of W Germany, including 8 M/Ys, 4 rail bridges, 2 rail junctions, cities of Hildesheim and Eckfeld, and 13 T/Os. 4 ftr gps fly spt. 5 other gps on sweeps engage about 200 ftrs in combat, claiming about 30 kills.


12/27/44

Ninth AF

9th Bomb Div attacks rail bridges, comm centers, and T/Os in Germany and Belgium. Ftrs escort bmrs, fly patrols and armed rcn, and spt US 3d Armd and 82d Airborne Divs in Manhay and Trois-Ponts area, and III, VIII, and XII Corps in Saint-Hubert-Bastogne-Martelange area.


12/27/44

Twelfth AF

On 26/27 Dec A-20's bomb pontoon bridges at Ficarolo, road bridges at Ostiglia and Castel Maggiore, San Benedetto Po crossing, Turin A/F, and several Po Valley roads. MBs blast 3 Brenner area routes leading into Austria and Yugoslavia, and bomb 2 supply dumps in Bologna area. FBs devote main effort to spt US Fifth Army in Serchio Valley area where counterattacks are being successfully halted. Other FBs hit comm in Po Valley and escort MBs and C-47's dropping supplies to Italian partisans.


12/27/44

Fifteenth AF

520-plus HBs bomb Vosendorf oil refinery, Linz ordnance depot, M/Ys at Wiener-Neustadt, Villach, Klagenfurt, Bruck an der Mur, Graz, and Maribor, Feldbach railroad junction, Brenner rail line, Venzone viaduct, and Vipiteno and Bressanone railroad bridges. 44 P-38's bomb bridges at Latisana and Casarsa della Delizia. 29 P-51's strafe railroad tgts between Vienna and Linz. Other ftrs fly over 250 escort sorties.


12/27/44

Tenth AF

8 B-25's attack bridges at Kin and Kyaukhlebein, damaging the former. 28 P-47's hit troop and supply areas at Se-hai, Man Hkam, Mong Yok, and Mong Nge. 285 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. 4 B-25's continue offensive rcn against comm lines during 27/28 Dec.


12/27/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb area W of Kengtung. 2 B-25's and 8 P-40's hit Ishan area. 29 P-40's and P-51's attack area S of Puchi. 17 P-51's over White Cloud, Whampoa, and Tien Ho A/Fs claim 10 airplanes destroyed. 2 P-51's are lost. 40-plus P-40's and P-51's hit T/Os at or near Kweiyi, Vinh Yen, Lungan, Mong Long, Mong Khong, and Namtao.


12/27/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb San Jose-Talisay and Matina A/Fs. Small miscellaneous strikes are carried out over Borneo, Celebes, and Lesser Sunda Is.


12/27/44

Twentieth AF

B-29's and crews of 313th Bomb Wg (VH), commanded by Col John H Davies, begin to arrive on Tinian, joining the 73d Bomb Wg as the XXI BC's second operational wg. 39 B-29's from the Marianas bomb Tokyo's Nakajima and Musashino aircraft plants. 13 attack alternates and T/Os. Enemy ftrs are active, flying over 250 individual attacks on the VHBs. B-29's claim 21 downed. 3 VHBs are lost, 1 to ftrs and 2 to mechanical difficulties.


12/27/44

Seventh AF

13 Saipan-based B-24's hit Iwo Jima while 21 more bomb Chichi Jima. 35 from Guam also pound Iwo Jima while P-38's strafe the island on which 2 B-24's also make snooper strikes during 27/28 Dec.


12/28/44

Eighth AF

More than 1,100 HBs attack 9 M/Ys, 4 bridges, and several cities and T/Os in W German tac area. 11 gps of P-51's fly spt. 4 other ftr gps sweep Bonn-Koblenz area.


12/28/44

Ninth AF

Weather prevents all combat operations except night-ftr missions.


12/28/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack troop concentration at Aulla, dump at Mirabello Monferrato, 3 rail lines from Austria and Yugoslavia into NE Italy by hitting bridges at Chiusaforte and Bodrez, and viaduct at Borovnica. XXII TAC planes spt US Fifth Army in Serchio Valley, where counterattacks are repulsed, hit roads and bridges, and destroy a number of vehicles, many at a motor transport depot near Aulla which the ftrs bomb and strafe. During 27/28 Dec LBs bomb lights and motor transport at almost 50 places throughout Po Valley and Brenner area.


12/28/44

Fifteenth AF

480-plus HBs attack Regensburg oil storage and freight yard in Germany, M/Ys at Zwettl, Amstetten, Kallwang, Hieflau, and Salzburg, oil refineries at Kralupy nad Vltava, Kolin, and Pardubice, oil storage and sidings at Roudnice nad Labem, Nymburk railroad bridge at Kammern, Brenner rail line, and Bressanone and Venzone railroad bridges. P-38's and P-51's fly over 350 sorties in spt of HBs.


12/28/44

Tenth AF

23 P-47's knock out bridge at Nampawng and damage others at Man Pwe and Hsenwi. 8 B-25's destroy bridges at Kin and Kyaukhlebein, hit an already unserviceable bridge at Padon, damage a bypass road at Lashio and bomb troop concentrations, supplies, and arty at Mong Hseng, Mong Tat, and Kathe. 297 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. 4 B-25's continue offensive rcn over comm lines during 28/29 Dec.


12/28/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's and 16 FBs hit town areas, railroad tgts, and gun positions in HengyangLeiyang area. 20 P-51's and P-38's attack Gia Lam A/F, pounding barracks area, hangars, shops, and railroad facilities. 40-plus other P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn over S China and over Indochina hit T/Os at several locations including areas around Anking, Kinkiang, Wanling, Mongyu, Namtao, Yungning, Hanoi, Lang Son, Man Pong, Siangtan, and Yuncheng.


12/28/44

FEAF

B-25's pound Laha, Kairatoe, and Haroekoe A/Fs while FBs hit Namlea A/F. In Soembawa-Flores I area, B-24's attack Japanese shipping. FEAF ftrs and bmrs on numerous small raids hit tgts on Palawan, Mindanao, Borneo, Celebes, Halmahera, Timor and Tanimbar Is, Lingayen Gulf, and W of Mindoro I.


12/28/44

Seventh AF

13 B-24's, flying out of Saipan, bomb A/F on Iwo Jima which is hit again during 28/29 Dec when HBs from Guam and Saipan fly 2 single-plane strikes.


12/29/44

Eighth AF

750-plus HBs strike 5 M/Ys, 4 bridges, 6 comm centers, dock area, 5 city areas, and several T/Os in W Germany. 10 P-51 gps fly close escort and 2 gps later strafe rail transportation. 3 other gps fly area spt.


12/29/44

Ninth AF

Weather causes recall of over 100 bmrs except for 7 which bomb Saint-Vith comm center and Keuchingen road bridge. XIX TAC flies armed rcn over Belgium and Germany and supports US III, VIII, and XII Corps in Neufchateau-BastogneArlon areas.


12/29/44

Twelfth AF

During 28/29 Dec LBs pound motor transports, ferry crossings, road bridges, rail line, and T/Os throughout NW and NC Po Valley. MBs during the day blast the Rovereto bridge and Lavis viaduct, attack several bridges in NE Italy destroying center span of bridge at Pordenone, and severely damage bridge at Motta di Livenza. FBs concentrate on comm tgts in extreme W end of battle area, with excellent results on bridges in Massa Lombarda area and destroy numerous vehicles and several locomotives.


12/29/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 450 HBs attack M/Ys at Innsbruck, Passau, Rosenheim, Landshut, Salzburg, and Verona(2), Brenner rail line, Castelfranco Veneto and Udine locomotive repair depots, and Bressanone railroad bridge. 14 P-38's bomb road bridge S of Rosenheim. Around 300 other P-38's and P-51's fly escort and rcn missions.


12/29/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's bomb troops and supplies at Panma. 15 P-47's hit supply area at Twinnge and troop concentration at Wetwun. 4 B-25's continue armed night rcn over comm facilities. Transports fly 289 sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.


12/29/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's attack T/Os from Dong Hoa to Lang Son. 37 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn attack Gia Lam A/F and hit various T/Os E of Man Pong, E of Tsingsinghsien, N of Mongyu, and at Shanhsien and Hei-Shih Kuan.


12/29/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Sasa A/F while B-25's and FBs hit Namlea. FBs hit NE Celebes A/Fs while B-24's bomb Limboeng. FEAF aircraft fly small strikes against a wide range of tgts in N Borneo, C Phil Is, S Luzon, and on Timor.


12/29/44

Seventh AF

26 B-24's, based on Guam, pound Iwo Jima which is bombed again for a 6-hr period during 29/30 Dec by 9 HBs, flying at varying intervals.


12/29/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-25's on a ftrdecoy mission abort due to weather. 2 of them are missing on return flight. A B-24 bombs Kataoka.


12/30/44

Eighth AF

Over 1,200 HBs hit 8 M/Ys, 6 bridges, rail junction and city area, and 13 T/Os in W Germany. 11 ftr gps fly escort, 2 others fly area sweeps.


12/30/44

Ninth AF

Weather forces recall and cancellation of 9th Bomb Div and IX TAC missions. XXIX TAC flies armed rcn over battle area and around Wallersheim and XIX TAC covers large areas of France, Belgium, and Germany hitting numerous ground tgts and supports US III, VIII, and XII Corps in Saint-Hubert, Bastogne and Diekirch areas.


12/30/44

Twelfth AF

MBs concentrate major effort on rail line running N to Brenner Pass, hitting fill at Dolce and bridges at Calliano, Ala, and Santa Margherita d'Adige, and ammo dump at Bologna. FBs blast road bridges, spt US Fifth Army SE of La Spezia, and hit bridges in Mantua and Modena areas. During 29/30 Dec LBs hit T/Os at numerous N Italian locations, including Ghedi A/F, and train S of Mantua.


12/30/44

Tenth AF

12 P-47's knock out and damage bridges at Man Pwe, Ho-hko (2), and Inailong. 17 B-25's blast troop and supply area at Kyatpyin. 28 P-47's and P-38's hit troops, supplies, and areas of enemy activity at Myethin, Manna, Nanponpon, Lawa, Sabenago, Hmattawmu, and Hosi. Transports complete 338 sorties to forward areas. 4 B-25's continue single-plane offensive rcn over comm lines during 30/31 Dec.


12/30/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-24's damage a bridge W of Kengtung while 2 others NE of Thanh Moi damage a bridge, railroad tracks, and more than 40 boxcars. 40-plus P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn attack T/Os at several points including areas around Mong Nawng, Man Pong, Mong Long, Ka-chun, Shanhsien, Ichang, and Shayang.


12/30/44

FEAF

In the principal action of the day, FBs pound A/Fs in C Phil, N Borneo, and N and SW Celebes while B-25's hit barge anchorage and supplies at Haroekoe. Smaller strikes by B-25's, B-24's, and FBs are flown against shipping, oil tgts, A/Fs, and T/Os throughout Phil Is and NEI.


12/30/44

Seventh AF

14 Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima which is hit again over an almost 7-hr period, 30/31 Dec, by 9 HBs singly operating from Guam.


12/31/44

Eighth AF

1,200-plus HBs hit 5 oil refineries, an aircraft plant, Uboat yards, 2 A/Fs, T/Os in N Germany, 6 bridges, 3 comm centers, 3 M/Ys, a detraining point, a city area, several T/Os in W Germany and Helgoland I. 14 escorting ftr gps engage about 150 ftrs, mostly in Hamburg area, and claim about 60 kills. HBs lose 14 to the ftrs, and claim 26 ftrs destroyed.


12/31/44

Ninth AF

Weather grounds bmrs. Frs fly sweeps and armed rcn, attacking numerous ground tgts. XIX TAC supports US III, VIII, and XX Corps around Bastogne and between Mosel and Saar Rivers in Merzig area.


12/31/44

Twelfth AF

During 30/31 Dec A-20's again fly intruder missions, bombing a variety of tgts, including motor transport, bridges, and railroads in Po Valley. During the day MBs hit bridge at Bodrez, railroads at Piazzola Sul Brenta and near Padua, and a dump. XXII TAC FBs destroy 5 and damage 2 railway bridges in Po Valley, cut rail lines at numerous places, destroy several locomotives, and destroy or damage 200-plus railway cars.


12/31/44

Tenth AF

28 P-47's strafe Laihka, Namsang, Aungban, Kunlon, and Heho A/Fs. 5 P-47's damage bridge at Namhkai. A total of 65 P-47's and P-38's hit Japanese Div HQ at Ongyaw and troop concentrations and supply areas at Mongmit, Nawngka, Kawngtawng, Pangnim, Mong Tat, Kutkai, and Man Namman. A few B-25's fly night harassment missions against A/Fs. About 300 transport sorties are flown to forward areas throughout the day.


12/31/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-24's claim 1 freighter sunk and another damaged ofl Hainan I. 4 B-25's damage 2 bridges and destroy or damage 5 buildings at Mong Ping. 35 P-40's and P-51's attack troops, horses, town areas, and railroad tgts at or near Hankow, Saiping, Siangtan, Hengyang, Lingling, and Kweilin. 29 other ftrs on armed rcn hit T/Os at several points in N Indochina, E Burma, and S China.


12/31/44

FEAF

B-24's and B-25's bomb A/Fs in C Phil, on Luzon and Mindanao. Other B-24's bomb Ambesia A/F, hit Dili, and pound A/Fs and supply areas throughout Halmahera I. FBs are active against A/Fs, shipping, AA guns, and various T/Os on Halmahera and in N Celebes.


12/31/44

Twentieth AF

Gen Hansell and his XXI BC Forward Echelon HQ staff close Saipan HQ and move to Guam where ground echelon arrived in early Dec.


12/31/44

Seventh AF

From Guam 19 B-24's hit Iwo Jima A/Fs during the day. 10 more HBs hit the island with individual harassment raids over a 6-hr period during 31 Dec/1 Jan.


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