9/1/44

Eighth AF

950-plus HBs sent against tgts in E France and Germany are recalled because of bad weather. 1 HB bombs railroad at Hasloch. 11 ftr gps offer spt, 1 gp strafing a locomotive. A P-47 gp on sweep strafes transportation tgts in Brussels-Antwerp area. 7 P-47 gps bomb and strafe rail lines in N and E France and A/F W of Nancy claiming 5 combat victories and 5 destroyed on the ground.


9/1/44

Ninth AF

IX TCC comes under administrative control of USSTAF and under operational control of First Allied Airborne Army, to increase efficiency, especially for planning, trg, and preparation of airborne operations. SHAEF now can deal directly with all elements of an airborne force through a single unified cmd instead of through various army gps and Afs (i.e. 12 and 21 Army Gps, Ninth AF, and RAF components). MBs attack fortifications in Brest area which arty fire had been unable to reduce. Escorting ftrs fly sweeps and armed rcn in N and E France, and fly cover for 6 divs in Brussels, Amiens, Saint-Quentin, Cambrai, Reims, and Verdun areas.


9/1/44

Twelfth AF

During 31 Aug/1 Sep A-20's hit gun positions and T/Os in W Po Valley. Weather grounds B-26's during day but B-25's score excellent results against road and railroad bridges N and NE of Venice. FB and ftrs bomb and strafe roads, troop concentrations, supply dumps, and German HQ in battle area N of Florence, and fly armed rcn from Ventimiglia along coast to La Spezia.


9/1/44

Fifteenth AF

480-plus HBs attack Boara Pisani, railroad bridges at Tesica/Moravac, Mitrovica, and Kraljevo, railroad bridges at Szolnok, and Mezotur, M/Ys at Szajol, Debreczen, Berettyoujfalu, and Novi Sad, and A/F at Nish. 51 P-51's successfully strafe Debreczen A/F. 16 B-17's evacuate interned US airmen from Rumania. Ftrs spt bombing and evacuation missions.


9/1/44

Tenth AF

A few P-47's attack Bhamo and strafe river boats in the area.


9/1/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-24's claim a small freighter sunk in Formosa Strait. 12 B-25's bomb Kai Tek A/F and a supply depot S of Canton. B-25's hit road S of Nanyo, runway at Hengyang, and T/Os near Anjen. 61 P-40's and P-51's attack bridges, roads, shipping, A/Fs troops, and other T/Os at or near Yangtien, Nanyo, Hengyang, Anjen, Changning, and Chiuchiang.


9/1/44

FEAF

50-plus B-24's bomb Sasa, Matina, and Likanan A/Fs. Others, failing to reach Mindanao, hit Beo. FBs hit Boela and A/F at Amahai. A-20's, P-40's and B-25's bomb runways at Babo and Urarom.


9/1/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based P-47's carry out rocket and strafing strike against Pagan. A lone B-24 on armed rcn bombs Yap. Marshalls-based B-24's bomb Truk.


9/1/44

Eleventh AF

A B-24 bombs Kashiwabara during 31 Aug/1 Sep. A B-25 bombs a shack on SW coast of Paramushiru and sinks a nearby ship. 5 other B-25's on this mission turn back due to overcast.


9/2/44

Eighth AF

A P-47 gp strafes gun positions and road and rail trafflc in Bruges-Ghent-Courtrai-Roulers area.


9/2/44

Ninth AF

IX TAC, moving with US First Army, transfers HQ to Versailles. On 11 Sep HQ follows the ground forces to Jamioulx. Weather grounds bmrs. Ftrs fly armed rcn and area spt to ground forces in Belgium and NW, NE, and E France.


9/2/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb 3 bridges in Po Valley, following raid during 1/2 Sep by A-20's which hit pontoon bridge and T/Os in the Valley. FBs blast roads, bridges and gun emplacements in Po Valley, docks at Savona, and shipping off shore. France-based FBs, hampered by poor weather, hit barracks and rail lines in Lyon area.


9/2/44

Fifteenth AF

XV FC (Prov) is activated and given control of the 306th Ftr Wg (Prov) and 306th Ftr Wg (Prov)--shortly to be organized--and their 7 ftr gps. 380-plus HBs hit Kraljevo railroad bridge and M/Y, railroad bridge at Mitrovica, road bridge at Supovac, and 3 M/Ys at Nish. 27 P-38's dive-bomb Cuprija road bridge while 57 P-38's and 112 P-51's strafe road and railways in Nish and Belgrade areas. Other P-51's escort Nish and Supovac bombing missions.


9/2/44

Tenth AF

8 B-25's hit tgts along Burma Road S of Wanling, including the road itself and bridges at Kawnghka and Namhpakka. Another B-25 hits alternate tgt, an area in Indaw. 24 B-24's haul fuel to Kunming.


9/2/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's bomb runway at Hengyang A/F. 30 P-40's attack gun positions, troop concentrations, and sampans in Hengyang and Changning areas. 20 P-40's hit similar tgts S of Changsha, W of Pengtse, and in Siangtan area. 12 P-51's damage bridge at Yangtien.


9/2/44

FEAF

B-24's operating in strength bomb warehouses at Lasang, shipyards and personnel areas at Bunawan, and A/F at Likanan. B-25's hit warehouses and shipyards along Lembeh Strait, while other B-26's hit position near Pitoe A/F on S Morotai I. B-24's bomb Koror. FBs hit Sorong area and forces at Cape Pus and Boikin.


9/2/44

Seventh AF

2 Saipan-based B-24's hit Yap and Pagan. P-47's hit AA positions on Pagan with rocket and strafing attacks. Marshalls-based B-25's bomb Ponape and Nauru.


9/3/44

Eighth AF

Over 300 B-17's bomb Ludwigshafen/Opau synthetic oil plant. 5 escorting P-51 gps claim 7 combat victories. Nearly 400 B-17's bomb 16 gun batteries and def installations in Brest area, escorted by P- 51 gp, which claims 7 aircraft destroyed. 3 P-47 gps strafe transportation tgts in Tilburg, Namur and Cologne areas. Bad weather cancels FB mission against strongpoints in Brest area. Over 50 B-24's fly supplies to Orleans/Bricy A/F.


9/3/44

Ninth AF

MBs and LBs supporting ground troops pound strongpoints and bridges in Brest area. Ftrs fly armed rcn, ground spt, and sweeps in N and E France, Belgium, and W Germany.


9/3/44

Twelfth AF

MBs pound railroad and road bridges in W Po Valley while FBs blast motor transport and rolling stock in Turin area. On 2/3 Sep A-20's on armed rcn of N Italy, start fires in Genoa harbor. FBs blast German vehicles retreating up Rhone Valley. Capture of Lyon is completed by French elements of US Seventh Army.


9/3/44

Fifteenth AF

Over 300 HBs hit key escape routes of retreating German forces in the Balkans, and bomb rail comm and supply lines S from Budapest, 3 bridges in Belgrade area, bridges at Szajol and Szeged, and badly damage ferry docks at Smederovo. 3 B-17's evacuate interned airmen from Bucharest. 40 P-38's divebomb Smederovo ferry and strafe Kovin and Baviniste A/Fs and a landing ground, destroying many parked aircraft, motor transport, vehicles, and fuel tanks. 75 P-51's strafe roads, railroads, vehicles, bivouac areas, railroad repair shops, and miscellaneous tgts in Skoplje-Nish-Krusevac-Belgrade areas.


9/3/44

Tenth AF

4 B-26's attack and slightly damage Tahpalai bridge NE of Hsipaw. 1 B-26 knocks out center span of a railroad bridge in the area and another causes considerable damage at Indaw.


9/3/44

Fourteenth AF

12 B-24's pound M/Ys at Nanking. 7 B-25's destroy at least 45 trucks and damage about 100 others during armed rcn from Hengyang to Tungting Lake and Yoyang. 2 others bomb Hengyang A/F. More than 100 P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's attack troops, railroad tgts, bridges, and other T/Os in areas around Changning, Hengyang, Sungpai, Chuki, Yangtien, Hengshan, and near Haiphong and in Red R Valley.


9/3/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Langoan A/F and Lembeh Strait warehouses and shipping. B-25's hit village of Tobelo. FBs hit Babo, Waren and Nabire A/ Fs, Manokwari storage and personnel areas, strafe areas along MacCluer Gulf, and fly coastal sweeps in Wewak area, strafing troops, supplies, and occupied areas. FBs hit oil tanks and radio station at Boela.


9/3/44

Thirteenth AF

XIII BC moves from Los Negros to Wakde.


9/3/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima. P-47's hit Pagan and Maug Is with rockets. A lone B-24 on armed rcn bombs Yap.


9/4/44

Ninth AF

Weather prevents bmr activity. Ftrs fly armed rcn over Belgium, E France, Luxembourg, and E and C Germany, and defensive night patrols over W and NW France. British complete liberation of Brussels and clear most resistance from Antwerp.


9/4/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's and B-26's hit several road and railroad bridges and tunnel in Po Valley while FBs strike pontoon bridges, roads, bridges, and motor transport in preparation for Allied ground assault on Gothic Line. During 3/4 Sep A-20's on armed rcn of Po Valley bomb vehicles in Turin-Milan areas. Ftrs fly armed rcn and offensive patrols in Po and Rhone Valleys.


9/4/44

Fifteenth AF

305th Ftr Wg (Prov) is organized and given control of the 3 P-38 gps of 306th Ftr Wg. Almost 400 HBs, with ftr escort, attack submarines in Genoa harbor and hit comm in N Italy including Avisio viaduct, M/Ys at Trento, Bronzola, and Ora, and railroad bridges at Ora, Casarsa della Delizia, and Latisana.


9/4/44

Tenth AF

24 B-24's haul 32,000 gals of fuel to Kunming. Though heavy rains curtail combat operations, 9 P-47's attack Bhamo and Myothit.


9/4/44

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's blast sampan, barge, and motor launch concentrations in Kweiyang area. 6 B-25's, with P-51 3pt, pound Paishui and Lingling areas, considerably damaging town of Lingling and killing an estimated 60 soldiers and 10 horses. 100-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn kill large numbers of troops and horses, pound river and road traffic, and a variety of other T/Os in the E Burma-SW China region around Changning and Lungling and throughout areas mainly to the S of Tungting Lake-Yangtze R section of inland SE China, mainly around Hengyang, Lingling, Leiyang, Yangtien, and Kiyang.


9/4/44

FEAF

Bad weather cancels most large-scale operations. A-20's and B-26's hit Urarom A/F and FBs attack Moemi and hit Napido. During 4/5 Sep B-24's bomb Kendari A/F.


9/4/44

Seventh AF

5 B-24's, on armed rcn, snooper mission, and trg flight, bomb Iwo Jima, Marcus, Yap, and Pagan Is. P-47's hit Pagan with rockets and strafing attacks. B-24's from Kwajalein strike Wotje.


9/4/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-25's fly antishipping sweep close to Paramushiru and draw shore-based AA fire. 8 ftrs intercept but there are no losses on either side.


9/4/44

Eighth AF

Over 650 HBs attack Stuttgart aero engine plant, Ludwigshafen synthetic oil plant, Karlsruhe M/Y, and various T/Os. 9 ftr gps fly spt and several gps strafe A/Fs. Ftrs claim 19 aerial combat victories. Nearly 150 B-17's supported by a P-51 gp bomb 5 gun emplacements in Brest area. 5 ftr gps in sweeps over Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart and Rotterdam areas strafe A/Fs and rail, road, and river traffic and claim 9 air victories and 62 aircraft destroyed on ground. In Germany 2 FB gps bomb 3 A/Fs and strafe 2, claiming destruction of 66 parked aircraft. Nearly 90 B-24's fly supplies to France.


9/4/44

Ninth AF

300-plus MBs and LBs bomb strongpoints in Brest area and coastal battery at Pointe du Grand Gouin. Ftrs hit gun positions and other military tgts in Brest area and fly cover for 6 armd and inf divs.


9/4/44

Twelfth AF

MBs again strike with excellent results road and rail bridges in Po Valley while FBs blast rail lines and rolling stock S of the river. A-20's hit Milan and Genoa areas during 4/5 Sep and attack ammo stores during the day. Ftrs fly sweeps through Rhone Valley and spt limited ground force adv in preparation for major assault on Gothic Line.


9/4/44

Fifteenth AF

430-plus HBs, with ftr escort, attack comm tgts in Hungary and N Italy to impede withdrawal from the lower Balkans and to disrupt railroad comm in Italian N. Tgts hit are 2 railroad bridges at Budapest and 1 each at Szolnok and Szob and a railroad bridge at Ferrara. HBs dispatched to Yugoslavia cannot bomb tgt because of total cloud cover.


9/4/44

Tenth AF

8 B-25's pound tgts at Indaw. 21 B-24's fly fuel to Kunming. Numerous other cargo and TC sorties are flown to various CBI terminals.


9/4/44

Fourteenth AF

25 B-25's pounding Kiyang and Hengyang cause considerable damage in both towns and at the Hengyang A/F. 6 others attack trucks and other T/Os at Siangtan ferry crossing, near Hengyang and Kiyang, in Lingling and Yoyang areas, and at Samshui. 2 more B-25's bomb Kowloon shipyards. 26 P-40's blast concentrations of river junks, troops and horses in Kiyang-Wangyang area. Other FBs, operating individually or in flights of 2-10 aircraft, hit a variety of T/Os throughout Hengyang, Kiyang, Yungfengshih, and Lishui area.


9/4/44

FEAF

B-24's hit Peleliu A/F, a few bombing Saipan Small-scale B-24 strikes hit Kendari A/F while FBs attack Galela and nearby villages, Soepiori Peninsula villages and Waren and Moemi A/Fs. Almost 60 B-24's blast Langoan A/F while a sizeable B-25 force bombs Djailolo A/F, several villages, and Kaoe AA positions.


9/4/44

Seventh AF

20 Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima. 2 others on armed rcn hit Marcus and Yap. P-47's make strafing and rocket attacks on AA positions on Pagan. Gilbertsbased B-25's attack Nauru and Ponape.


9/6/44

Eighth AF

About 200 ftrs strafe rail and highway traffic in Rotterdam, Aachen and Koblenz areas losing 4 aircraft to flak. 70 B-24's fly supplies to battle area.


9/6/44

Ninth AF

MBs and LBs hit Brest area strongpoints, coastal battery at Pointe du Grand Gouin, defenses at Saint-Pierre-Quilbignon, and Brest area bridge. Ftrs hit Brest area gun positions and ammo dump and fly cover for several armd and inf divs.


9/6/44

Twelfth AF

During 5/6 Sep A-20's attack T/Os in Savona and Milan areas. During the day weather grounds XII TAC aircraft except for a few ftrs based in France which fly armed rcn over Belfort, Dijon, and Colmar areas, destroying or damaging numerous motor transport and railroad cars and several locomotives, field guns, trailers, and a tank.


9/6/44

Fifteenth AF

542 HBs attack comm tgts in Rumania, Yugoslavia and Hungary and troop and tank concentrations in S Yugoslavia. Tgts include 2 M/Ys at Oradea, and 2 nearby bridges over Sebes Koros R, M/Y at Novi Sad, bridge at Belgrade, tanks and troops at Leskovac, and M/Y at Nyiregyhaza. 2 HBs, with ftr escort, evacuate interned airmen from Bucharest.


9/6/44

Tenth AF

6 B-25's hit Indaw while 3 bomb Katha. 24 B-24's fly about 34,000 gals of fuel to Kunming. Large-scale daily TC and cargo operations to a variety of CBI terminals continue.


9/6/44

Fourteenth AF

20 B-25's pound Yiyang, Lingkuantien railroad yards, trucks N of Lingling, troops and occupied areas around Kiyang and Paishui, and Hengyang A/F. 45 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack troops, shipping, and comm tgts in Yiyang area, bomb warehouses at Hukow, destroy fuel barge at Pengtse, hit railroad yards, trucks, troops, and sampans at Kweiyang and Lingkuantien, and attack general T/Os at Yangtien.


9/6/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Santa Ana port. B-25's bomb Buayan A/F in the first MB raid in Phil Is since early 1942. Several B-24's, turning back from the Santa Ana strike, bomb Rainis. B-25's hit Galela and S coast of Morotai while FBs hit Kaoe A/F and bomb Djailolo runway. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs hit A/Fs at Manokwari, Moemi, Ransiki, and Waren, and stores and personnel area at Nabire. P-40's attack S Soepiori I and Napido. Other P-39's strafe barges and huts at Suain.


9/6/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based B-24's strike Iwo Jima while P-47's make strafing and rocket runs on AA positions on Pagan. B-24's on armed rcn bomb Marcus. Eniwetok-based B-24's bomb Truk.


9/7/44

Ninth AF

Bad weather grounds bmrs. Ftrs provide air cover for US 8th and 29th Inf Divs.


9/7/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels all flying except for weather rcn by a few P-47's.


9/7/44

Tenth AF

22 B-24's fly fuel to Kunming. Many other TC and cargo sorties are flown to numerous CBI terminals.


9/7/44

Fourteenth AF

24 B-25's attack town areas, river shipping and trucks in and around Kiyang, Lingling, and Yoyang. 11 B-25's bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud A/Fs and 2 bomb Siangtan ferry. 5 B-24's hit 4 freighters SW of Hong Kong. Nearly 100 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn over vast areas of SE China attack numerous T/Os including troops, railroad tgts, river shipping, warehouses, and bridges. 4 P-38's hit T/Os in Hanoi-lower Red R area.


9/7/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Menado area and B-25's hit Wasile Bay villages. Other B-24's strike Galela in force while P-38's dive-bomb Djailolo A/F. A-20's bomb Boela A/F and B-25's sink lugger in Bara Bay. A-20's hit Mongosah A/F while FBs hit Manokwari airstrip and villages in Schouten Is and strafe and bomb Wewak A/F and surrounding areas.


9/7/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based P-47's make strafing and rocket attacks on Pagan and Aguijan. B-24's on snooper and armed rcn missions hit Iwo Jima and Marcus.


9/7/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-25's on a shipping sweep attack a small fishing fleet between Paramushiru and Onnekotan.


9/8/44

ETO

The first V-2 fired in combat explodes in Paris suburb; the second strikes a London suburb a few hrs later.


9/8/44

Eighth AF

About 950 HBs escorted by 7 P-51 gps attack an oil refinery, M/Y, tank and armored vehicle factory, and ordnance plant in the Rhineland, plus 11 T/Os. 22 HBs are lost. 2 P-51 gps strafe tgts in Heidelberg-Darmstadt-Wurzburg and Frankfurt/Main-Koblenz areas, while 5 FB gps strafe and bomb rail transportation E of the Rhine. Over 100 B-24's fly 'trucking mission,' carrying supplies to battle area.


9/8/44

Ninth AF

Weather prevents bmr missions. Ftrs fly cover for troops in Brest area and for US 2d, 5th, 8th, and 29th Inf Divs, and XX Corps area, escort troop movements and fly defensive patrols. Several hundred transports fly supply and evacuation missions.


9/8/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's fly supply missions to A/F near Lyon. Bad weather grounds MBs. P-47's FBs on armed rcn in Po Valley area attack 2 pontoon bridges and several barges, cut a road, and hit several vehicles and other T/Os. Ftrs strafe Belfort area, hitting 10 trains with good results, and blast a horse-drawn vehicle convoy near Strasbourg.


9/8/44

Fifteenth AF

354 B-17's and B-24's escorted by P-38's hit railroad bridges at Brod and Belgrade and M/Ys at Sarajevo and Nish. 77 P-51's strafe A/Fs at Ecka, Petrovgrad, Ilandza, and Alibunar. Other P-51's escort RAF Beaufighters to Trieste and MATAF C-47's on evacuation missions to Bucharest and back to Italy.


9/8/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's bomb Katha. 23 B-24's haul fuel to Kunming. Large-scale TC operations to many CBI terminals continue.


9/8/44

Fourteenth AF

18 B-24's attack 5 railroad bridges at Giap Nat, Dui Giang, Hue, Trach, Duc Tho, and Quang Tri, knocking out Quang Tri bridge. 3 others claim a destroyer sunk S of Hong Kong. 5 B-25's destroy bridge near Kiyang, bomb Hengyang and Lingling, and damage bridge near Hengyang. 100-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn hit large variety of T/Os including troops, river shipping, bridges, airstrips, supplies, trucks, and railroad tgts over vast SE China areas at Lingling, Kiyang, Tunganhsien, Hengyang, Lingkuantien, and Leiyang.


9/8/44

FEAF

B-24's pound Langoan A/ F. B-25's hit Galela and Tobelo while B-24's bomb Lolobata and P-47's attack Kaoe A/F and AA positions, Djailolo A/F and barges at Point Lelo. B-24's bomb A/Fs at Langgoer, Faan, Letfoean, and Toeal. P-38's hit Boela while B-25's hit small shipping at Ceram. FBs and A-20's hit airstrips and T/Os at Efman, Samate, Babo, Urarom, Manokwari, Moemi, and Ranski. P-39's strafe Wewak coastal area.


9/8/44

Twentieth AF

90 Chengtu-based B-29's bomb Showa Steel Works at Anshan, 3 others bomb other tgts in Anshan, 5 hit Sinsiang railroad yards, and 3 others hit various T/Os. Gen LeMay (CG, XX BC) accompanies the mission. During 8/9 Sep Japanese bmrs attack HQ, storage areas, and parked airplanes at Hsinching (near Chengtu) damaging a B-29, a C-46, and wounding 2 soldiers.


9/8/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima and Pagan and hit shipping at Chichi Jima. B-25's from the Gilberts hit Ponape and B-24's from Kwajalein bomb Wotje.


9/9/44

Eighth AF

350-plus B-17's bomb M/Ys at Mannheim and Mainz, armament plant at Dusseldorf and 10 T/Os. 8 B-17's are lost, mostly to AA fire. 8 P-51 gps and a sq give escort, 1 gp later strafing rail traffic S of Wurzburg. 1 P-47 gp sweeps Lingen-Munster-Haltern area to spot flak positions and troop concentrations, and strafe an A/F. 5 FB gps bomb and strafe shipping between German mainland and Schouwen, Overflakee, and Walcheren Is, installations on the islands, and rail and road trafflc NW and NE of Frankfurt/Main. 9 FBs are lost. Ftrs claim 13 aircraft destroyed. Training functions are removed from VIII AF Comp Cmd control and distributed within the combat gps in anticipation that combat gps will have to train their own replacements upon deployment from ETO to other theaters.


9/9/44

Ninth AF

Bmrs fly leaflet mission to coastal France and Belgium. Ftrs fly escort, furnish ground force cover for US VIII Corps in the Brest area, 2d, 5th, and 8th Inf Divs of US Third Army's XX Corps area W of Metz, and fly armed rcn in areas around Aachen, Cologne, Koblenz, Bonn, Saarbrucken, and Nancy. Ftrs also hit bridges at Custines and Pompey. Over 700 transports fly missions.


9/9/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's achieve excellent results against rail bridges in the E Po Valley while B-25's bomb troop concentrations and supply points S of Bologna. FBs and ftrs attack railways and roads in Po Valley and from Genoa to Turin. Motor transport and rolling stock are bombed and strafed in N Italy and E France, with particular success in Belfort-Mulhouse-Freiburg areas.


9/9/44

Tenth AF

9 B-25's bomb Japanese HQ and other buildings at Manwing. 17 B-24's run fuel to Kunming. Numerous other transport sorties are flown to several points in CBI.


9/9/44

Fourteenth AF

24 B-25's hit river traffic and troop compounds in areas around Kiyang, Lingling, and Lingkwantien, bomb towns of Lingling and Samshui, and knock out W end of bridge at Lingling. About 50 P-40's and P-51's hit numerous T/Os throughout inland SE China including rivercraft and troop areas around Lingling, Lupao, Tsingyun, Kiyang, Leiyang, and Yungfengshih, and a railroad bridge at Tunganhsien. 5 B-24's over S China Sea claim 4 freighters sunk or heavily damaged.


9/9/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Mapanget A/F. More than 100 FBs and A-20's pound A/Fs at Liang, Haroekoe, Boela, and Namlea. FBs hit Moemi, Manokwari, and Ransiki airstrips while B-25's hit Babo A/F. B-24's hit Galela A/F.


9/9/44

Seventh AF

A B-24 on snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima during 9/10 Sep. B-25's based in the Gilberts bomb Nauru.


9/9/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-25's hunt shipping off Paramushiru. 4 return to Attu with bombs, finding no tgts. One hits mast of a vessel and ditches in water. The other lands on one engine in Petropavlovsk. 3 B-24's make an uneventful raid during 9/10 Sep on Kashiwabara. Later 2 photo planes escorting 2 bmrs over Kurils on a mapping project are attacked by ftrs which inflict no damage.


9/10/44

Eighth AF

Over 1,000 HBs attack aircraft, tank, motor transport and engine plants, A/Fs, and jet-propulsion units plant in SC Germany, along with Ulm and Heilbronn M/Ys and several other secondary and T/Os. 12 gps of escorting ftrs claim 6 aircraft destroyed in air and 73 on ground. 12 HBs and 12 ftrs are lost. 3 P-47 gps strafe A/Fs and ground and rail traffic in sweep over Cologne, Frankfurt/Main, and Kassel areas, claiming destruction of 40 parked planes. 8 P-47's are lost, mostly to flak.


9/10/44

Ninth AF

Adv HQ, Ninth AF, assigns rail lines approaching the Rhine from the W, N of Karlsruhe, to be attacked by IX and XIX TAC in first of series of orders setting up rail interdiction programs to cut lines W and E of the Rhine in Sep and early Oct. Changes and additions to tgts appear on 12 and 14 Sep when a list of all lines to be cut is published. About 340 MBs and LBs hit strongpoints and ammo stores in Foret de Haye, Custines rail bridge, and road bridge over Mosel R. Escorting ftrs provide general air cover in MetzNancy area, and spt US Third Army ground forces in stemming counterattack there. 800-plus transports complete supply and evacuation missions. Southern invading forces and those of the Normandy invasion meet. City of Luxembourg is liberated.


9/10/44

Twelfth AF

MBs continue campaign against railroad bridges in Po Valley and execute 4 attacks against supply and ammo dumps. FBs of 87th Wg hit dumps and comm as ground assault on Gothic Line commences during early morning. Francebased XII TAC Mrs and FBs blast comm in Belfort and Dijon areas, cutting railroads and hitting several trains.


9/10/44

Fifteenth AF

344 B-17's and B-24's bomb 5 ordnance depots and SE industrial area in Vienna and 2 oil refineries in the area. 88 B-24's escorted by P-38's and P-51's bomb Trieste port. 45 B-24's, with P-51's escorting, fly supply mission to Lyon.


9/10/44

Tenth AF

TC and cargo hauls continue on large scale to numerous points in CBI. 24 B-24's haul fuel to Kunming.


9/10/44

Fourteenth AF

45 B-25's bomb towns of Kutkai, Ssutang, Samshui, Tunganhsien, Lingling, and Tunghsiangchiao, and hit fuel dump near Lingling. About 140 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn over E Burma, SW China, and inland SE China attack a huge number of T/Os including troops, aircraft, river shipping, trucks, runways, bridges, and supply areas.


9/10/44

FEAF

B-24's pound A/Fs at Langoan and Mapanget and hit Tomohon and waterfront area of Menado. Lolobata and Hate Tabako A/Fs are bombed and areas along Wasile Bay strafed. MBs, A-20's, and P-38's hit A/Fs and oil storage at Namlea, Amahai, and Boela while B-24's hit Laha A/F. A-20's and ftrs hit A/Fs at Samate, Sagan, Nabire, Urarom, Manokwari, Moemi, and Ransiki.


9/10/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Saipan hit Iwo Jima and strike shipping near Iwo Jima. Eniwetok-based B-24's bomb Truk.


9/10/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-25's fly shipping sweep off Suribachi.


9/11/44

International

Second Quebec conference opens. Roosevelt and Churchill discuss Pacific war plans and completion of European war.


9/11/44

Eighth AF

The Eighth begins another FRANTIC shuttle-bombing mission, as 75 B-17's with 64 P-51's attack armament plant at Chemnitz, and land at USSR bases. I P-51 is lost. FRANTIC mission lasts until 17 Sep and takes the planes from UK to USSR to Italy to UK. Over 850 other HBs, escorted by 14 ftr gps, bomb 6 synthetic oil plants, an ordnance depot, an engine works, a M/Y, a tire plant, and numerous other scattered T/Os, along with several German cities. An estimated 525 ftrs attack the formations or are engaged by Eighth AF planes. 52 HBs and 32 ftrs are lost. HBs claim destruction of 17 ftrs while the US ftrs claim 116 in the air and 42 on the ground.


9/11/44

Ninth AF

358 MBs and LBs, in spt of US Third Army, hit gun positions and strongpoints in Metz area. Ftrs escort bmrs, fly armed rcn over Lissendorf and Duren areas, and spt Third Army ground forces in Metz area. Armored rcn elements of this Army cross into Germany, the first Allied unit to do so. Ftrs also spt ground forces in Brest area.


9/11/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's hit defensive positions as US Fifth Army elements push through N Italian mountain passes toward Gothic Line defenses. B-25's bomb railroad bridges at Vigevano and Canneto sull'Oglio and supply areas. FBs and ftrs attack roads, railroads, guns, supply areas, bridges, and other tgts at Vernio, and in Alessandria, Turin, Piacenza, and Milan areas.


9/11/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather limits operations to supply mission by 54 B-24's to France.


9/11/44

Tenth AF

12 P-47's hit roads, towns, and general T/Os in Tengchung, Lungling, and Bhamo areas. 23 B-24's fly fuel to Kunming. Numerous other transport flights throughout CBI continue.


9/11/44

Fourteenth AF

18 B-24's blast storage area at Manling. 30 B-25's bomb Tunganhsien and Kiaotow and hit T/Os in Lingling area. 12 P-40's blast trucks along Burma Road and around Lungling. 59 P-40's and P-51's hit river shipping, railroad tgts, troop concentrations, supply dumps, and other T/Os in Canton-Tungting, Lake area.


9/11/44

FEAF

B-24's hit A/Fs at Galela and Miti. B-25's bomb Kairatoe A/F and village and Boela A/F while P-38's hit A/Fs at Namlea and Amahai and oil tanks at Boela. A-20's and B-25's hit Kaoe A/F and scattered T/Os. A-20's strike Otawiri, Sagan, Nabire, and Urarom A/Fs while FBs hit A/Fs and AA guns at Manokwari and Ransiki.


9/11/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima and hit shipping off Chici Jima. P-47's pound Pagan with strafing attacks and rockets.


9/11/44

Eleventh AF

4 B-25's on a shipping search sink a small craft off Shimushu. 2 other B-25's fly search mission for B-25 (which force-landed in USSR on 9 Sep but is still reported as missing).


9/12/44

Eighth AF

Over 800 HBs escorted by 15 ftr gps attack 4 synthetic oil plants, 2 oil refineries, an oil depot, an aero engine works, and numerous T/Os including several C and NW German cities. 400 to 450 aircraft are encountered by the HBs and ftrs. HBs lose 45 of their number and claim destruction of 27 ftrs. 13 P-51's are lost. US ftrs claim 63 air victories plus 26 on the ground.


9/12/44

Ninth AF

MBs and LBs hit Westwall fortifications, Sankt Wendel station where an armd div and important technicians are to entrain, and fortifications around Nancy. Ftrs continue ground spt in FrenchGerman border area. 400-plus transports complete supply and evacuation missions.


9/12/44

Twelfth AF

Gen Chidlaw assumes cmd of XII FC. B-26's blast defended positions in C battle sector of Gothic Line. B-25's pound Po R railroad bridges and attack guns and strongpoints in battle zone as enemy falls back to prepared Gothic Line defenses and rapid Allied adv halts. FBs strike at guns, troop concentrations, strongpoints, and flak positions in Genoa and Milan areas. Francebased FBs cut tracks in Belfort, Basel, and Freiburg areas.


9/12/44

Fifteenth AF

Nearly 330 B-17's and B-24's supported by P-38's and P-51's bomb Lechfeld A/F, Munich/ Allach engine works, and Wasserburg jet aircraft factory. 50-plus B-24's fly supply mission to S France.


9/12/44

Tenth AF

4 B-25's pound buildings in Katha area. 25 B-24's haul fuel to Kunming. 8 P-47's sweep river from Bhamo to Katha, 3 strafe official buildings at Bhamo, and 16 hit T/Os on Burma Road from Lungling to Wanling to Namhkam and blast gun positions N of Loiwing A/F.


9/12/44

Fourteenth AF

10 B-25's and 6 P-40's pound Lungling. 14 B-25's hit town area and destroy 2 bridges and damage another at Sungpai. 22 others bomb Kaochishih, Tunghsiangchiao, and area E of Kiyang. 27 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over Hunan and other areas of inland SE China attack road and river trafflc and general T/Os around Lingling, Hengyang, Kiyang, Yangtien, and Patpo. 15 P-40's hit coastal and river shipping in S China and in Indochina on S China Sea, in Chikhom Bay, and along the Red R.


9/12/44

FEAF

B-24's pound 3 A/Fs in Menado area. B-24's and B-25's bomb Kaoe and Galela, A/Fs, and radar facilities on Morotai I. B-24's hit Lautem. P-38's dive-bomb Namlea runways while P-47's hit Boela. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs hit A/Fs, AA guns, and other tgts at Babo, Mongosah, Manokwari, Sagan, Moemi, and Samate.


9/12/44

Seventh AF

P-47's from Saipan hit AA positions on Pagan with rocket and bombing attack. A lone B-24 on armed rcn bombs building area on Marcus. B-25's from the Gilberts bomb Nauru.


9/12/44

Eleventh AF

6 bmrs fly a negative shipping sweep over Shimushu. 3 more attack Suribachi A/F and offshore shipping tgts. 1 B-24 flies negative rcn.


9/13/44

Eighth AF

70-plus B-17's, escorted by a P-51 gp, continuing UK-USSR-Italy-UK shuttle-bombing mission, take off from USSR bases, bomb steel and armament works at Diosgyor and proceed to Fifteenth AF bases in Italy. 750-plus HBs from UK bomb 3 synthetic oil plants, 2 aero engine factories, 3 M/Ys, n A/F, motor works, ordnance depot, fuel depot, and several cities and isolated T/Os in C and SW Germany. 11 ftr gps escorting later strafe A/Fs and miscellaneous ground tgts. 28 Hbs and 9 P-51's are lost. P-51's claim 33 aircraft destroyed in the air and 2n on the ground. A P-51 gp sweeping S of Munich strafes aircraft dispersal area, A/F and a M/Y.


9/13/44

Ninth AF

XIX TAC HQ accompanies US Third Army HQ to Chalons-sur-Marne. B-26's fly leaflet mission to coastal N France and Belgium. Ftrs spt ground forces in Brest and Nancy-Metz areas (air-ground coordination being especially effective between XIX TAC and French 2d Armd Div in defeating enemy move on Vittel), and fly armed rcn over Cologne, Aachen, Koblenz, Linz/ Rhine, and Wahn areas. XIX TAC inaugurates rail cutting campaign. Transports fly numerous supply and evacuation missions.


9/13/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's destroy bridge at Peschiera del Garda, cutting the Milan-Verona line. B-25's and B-26's bomb guns and defensive positions N of Florence. FBs attack railroads, rolling stock, and bridges in N Italy, although heavy overcast hampers operations in NW.


9/13/44

Fifteenth AF

350-plus ftr-escorted B-17's and B-24's bomb Auschwitz oil and rubber works and Odertal and Blechhammer oil refineries, hit Cracow-Auschwitz area and bomb M/Y at Vrutky. Over 100 other HBs attack Avisio viaduct, Mezzocorona and Ora railroad bridges.


9/13/44

Tenth AF

8 P-47's hit tgts at Mawhun and some of the FBs afterwards strafe T/Os on the Irrawaddy R from Katha to Shwegu. 8 others sweep the river between Bhamo and Katha. 12 more hit tgts along road in Kutkai area. Large-scale transport operations in CBI continue.


9/13/44

Fourteenth AF

B-24's claim 3 cargo vessels sunk off Pescadores Is.


9/13/44

FEAF

B-24's and B-25's hit 4 A/Fs and bomb villages on Morotai I. B-25's hit Langgoer A/F while A-20's and FBs hit 2 A/Fs in Efman I. A-20's, B-25's, and FBs hit Babo AA positions and A/Fs at Manokwari and Ransiki.


9/13/44

Thirteenth AF

Thirteenth AF moves from Los Negros to Hollandia.


9/13/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based P-47's hit buildings on Pagan with rockets and machinegun fire. B-24's on armed rcn, snooper, and training missions bomb Iwo Jima, Marcus, and Pagan.


9/14/44

Ninth AF

XXIX TAC (Prov) is activated at Vermand, in anticipation of operating with US Ninth Army, shortly to join 12th Army Gp. Gen Nugent is CG. About 140 B-26's and A-20's bomb gun emplacements and strongpoints in Brest area. Ftrs fly armed rcn in various battle areas. Transports continue large-scale supply and evacuation missions.


9/14/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack def positions in E and C parts of Gothic Line as enemy fiercely resists, especially at Il Giogo Pass and on Monte Altuzzo. FBs continue strikes against comm and movement in Po Valley despite bad weather which limits France-based ftrs to a few sweeps in S France.


9/14/44

Tenth AF

4 B-25's drop fragmentation-boobytrap bombs on Bhamo. Large-scale transport operations continue to various points in CBI.


9/14/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Tunganhsien. 91 P-40's and P-51's attack inland shipping, troop compounds, supplies, and numerous buildings around Lungling area, throughout vast expanse of inland SE China, mainly in Hunan, and other areas S of Tungting Lake.


9/14/44

FEAF

B-25's pound Mapanget airstrip on Menado area. B-24's hit 4 A/Fs on Halmahera. A-20's and B-25's bomb Babo A/F while FBs make scattered small raids on AA positions, A/Fs, and T/Os on Vogelkop Peninsula.


9/14/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. P-47's make strafing and rocket attacks on warehouses and shelters on Pagan. B-24's on armed rcn bomb Marcus. B-24's from Eniwetok bomb Truk while Gilbertsbased B-25's hit Ponape.


9/14/44

Eleventh AF

During 13/14 Sep 3 B-24's strike Kurabu Cape shipping and A/F.


9/15/44

Eighth AF

The 3 ftr wgs and 15 ftr gps of VIII , FC are transferred to the 3 bomb divs.


9/15/44

Ninth AF

Ninth AF main HQ moves from Sunninghill Park to Chantilly. Bad weather prevents bmr operations. IX TAC supports US First Army troops and flies armed rcn around Cologne and from Trier to Rhine R area. XIX TAC supports US Third Army and flies armed rcn in Nancy-Strasbourg area.


9/15/44

Twelfth AF

87th Ftr Wg, 47th Bomb Gp, 57th Ftr Gp, 86th Ftr Gp, and several other units are transferred from XII TAC to XII FC. XII TAC passes under operational control of Ninth AF. All MB missions are cancelled or aborted due to weather. FBs, though restricted by weather, carry out armed rcn against enemy comm and defensive positions in Milan-Genoa-Modena-Pistoia areas, as Allied forces (joined on this date by elements of Brazilian Expeditionary Force) attempt to penetrate enemy strongholds in the N Apennines.


9/15/44

Fifteenth AF

276 B-17's and B-24's bomb Tatoi, Eleusis, and Kalamaki A/Fs and Salamis submarine base. P-38's and P-51's fly escort, tgt cover, and sweep tgt areas. The attacks are aimed at hampering withdrawal of enemy forces from the area. 53 B-24's fly supply mission to S France. 24 B-24's begin evacuating aircrews formerly imprisoned in Bulgaria from Cairo to Bari.


9/15/44

EAC

Combat Cargo TF is formed as a cmd of EAC. Gen Evans is CG. HQ is temporarily located at Hastings AB and later moved to Comilla. The cmd is responsible to air deliver supplies to British Fourteenth Army and other organizations as required, a task it fulfills until its disbandment on 1 Jun 45.


9/15/44

Tenth AF

8 P-47's bomb Kutkai, 16 sweep river from Bhamo to Katha and bomb Naba, Katha, and Mohnyin. Several other P-47's sweep Burma Road from Lungling to Muse to Bhamo and strafe boat on river at Myothit. 12 P-51's hit Mawhun while 8 B-25's hit fuel storage and T/Os in Chefang area. 13 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow.


9/15/44

Fourteenth AF

19 B-24's bomb military storage area at Hengyang. 20 B-25's hit Chuanhsien and 5 pound ferry crossing and bus station at Lingling. More than 90 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack river shipping, numerous buildings, troops, and general T/Os from NE of Ichang to Liuchow Peninsula concentrating on Kiyang and Changsha areas.


9/15/44

FEAF

B-24's, A-20's, and P-47's bomb Kaoe, Lolobata, and Hate Tabako. P-39's bomb Manokwari A/F and town area.


9/15/44

W Pacific

US forces land on Morotai and Peleliu.


9/15/44

Seventh AF

P-47's from Saipan hit AA positions on Pagan with machinegun and rocket fire. A lone B-24 on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima. All other B-24 missions abort.


9/16/44

Eighth AF

7 ftr gps, 4 carrying bombs, strafe Hannover-Bremen-Osnabruck areas and bomb Ahlhorn A/F and MannheimKaiserslautern area.


9/16/44

Ninth AF

HQ Ninth AF begins reorganization of IX BC as 9th Bomb Div, implementing the redesignation of 30 Aug. 150-plus MBs and LBs attack Bath dike and Arnemuiden road and rail embankment. Ftrs escort bmrs, fly sweeps, and armed rcn over Rastatt and Haguenau, and spt US Third Army's XII and XV Corps in repelling counterattacks in NE France.


9/16/44

Twelfth AF

MBs attack fuel and supply dumps and defensive positions in Bologna and Rimini areas while FBs and ftrs bomb and strafe rail and road tgts N of battle areas in the N Apennine Mts as US Fifth Army forces struggle to break through strong enemy defenses in hills N of Prato, along main Monte Altuzzo ridge, on Monte Veruca, Monte Monticelli, and other mountain positions.


9/16/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather cancels bombing operations. 2 P-38's fly weather rcn and 54 B-24's fly supplies to S France.


9/16/44

Tenth AF

19 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow. In spite of bad weather, 4 P-47's sweep Lungling-Wanling-Loiwing road and 5 damage bridge approach at Manyut.


9/16/44

Fourteenth AF

20 B-24's bomb Hengyang. 12 B-25's bomb Kutkai. 28 B-25's hit tgts in China, including Yuangshaho ferry, Pakmushih, Chuanhsien, and Lengshuitang. 130-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn hit T/Os in Mangshih and Lungling area and from N of Tangyang and along the Yangtze R southward including areas around Changsha, Kiyang, Samshui, Chuanhsien, Lingling, and Kwongning.


9/16/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Kendari air depot and Ambesia A/F while B-25's attack large warehouse at Gorontalo. B-25's and B-24's pound Namlea, Liang, Haroekoe, Kairatoe, Laha, and Kamarian. FBs hit Manokwari, Sagan, Moemi, and Waren airstrips.


9/16/44

Seventh AF

17 Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima. 3 others on trg and armed rcn missions bomb Pagan and Marcus. P-47's pound enemy positions on Pagan. B-24's in the Marshalls bomb Emidj.


9/16/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's bomb Kataoka naval base. 4 B-25's abort a shipping sweep due to weather and mechanical difficulties.


9/17/44

Eighth AF

UK-USSR-Italy-UK shuttle mission is completed as 72 B-17's and 59 P-51's fly without bombs from Italy to UK. 2 B-17's and a P-51 abort and a P-51 crash-lands SW of Paris. 70 B-17's and 57 P-51's land safely in UK. Over 800 B-17's escorted by 3 ftr gps bomb 117 flak batteries and installations and an A/F, all in the Netherlands. 16 ftr gps escort airplanes of First Allied Airborne Army making parachute and glider drop of 20,000 troops into the Netherlands to secure axis of adv toward Zuider Zee for British Second Army, as part of MARKET-GARDEN, 17-30 Sep. Troops dropped are I Airborne Corps, consisting of British 1st Airborne Div (with Polish Para Brigade) and US 82d and 101st Airborne Divs. The ftr gps also bomb and strafe flak positions and other ground tgts, encountering intense flak and about 30 ftrs. 16 US ftrs are lost. Claims include 8 airplanes and 107 flak positions destroyed.


9/17/44

Ninth AF

No combat bmr missions are flown. Weather permits 1 leaflet mission. XIX TAC supports US VIII Corps in Brest area and flies armed rcn over Trier and Saarbrucken areas. IX TAC flies armed rcn in the Dusseldorf, Duren, Cologne, and Linz/Rhine areas, supports US 2d and 5th Armd Divs and 4th Inf Div in the Netherlands, and participates in MARKET-GARDEN.


9/17/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's hit troop concentrations in British Eighth Army battle area in vicinity of Rimini. B-25's pound rail bridges in W Po Valley, while FBs operating in the Valley attack rails, roads, rolling stock, road bridges, motor transport and other tgts. In the mountains S of the Valley US Fifth Army forces break through Gothic Line at Il Giogo Pass, take Monte Altuzzo and Pratone, finish clearing Monte Veruca, and gain crest of Monte Monticelli. US Seventh Army's French 2d Corps makes contact with US Third Army's French 2d Armd Div near Bains-lesBains.


9/17/44

Fifteenth AF

440-plus HBs, with ftr escort, attack 2 oil refineries and 4 M/Ys in Budapest area in an attempt to hit Germany's principal remaining oil supply and to aid Soviet and other friendly forces on S Russian front by pounding the focal rail traffic point in that area. Some of the escorting ftrs strafe T/Os in the general tgt area. Bad weather hampers all but 8 of 54 B-24's flying supplies to S France. 25 HBs return from Cairo to Italy with Allied airmen formerly imprisoned in Bulgaria. 2 B-17's, escorted by 41 P-51's, evacuate wounded airmen from Czechoslovakia to Italy.


9/17/44

Tenth AF

8 P-47's bomb Katha, 8 hit Momauk and Wanling, and 8 others attack Bhamo. 6 B-25's hit Mangshih while 3 others bomb Indaw. 16 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow. TC aircraft fly over 200 sorties delivering personnel and supplies to various points in CBI.


9/17/44

Fourteenth AF

29 B-24's bomb Changsha. 27 B-25's hit Hwangshapu, Kiyang, and Nanyo. 130-plus P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn attack town areas, strongpoints, shipping, railway tgts, gun positions, trucks, and other T/Os from NE of Ichang southward through Hunan province and beyond. Areas hit include Changsha, Kiyang,Lingling, Chuanhsien, Siangtan, Hengshan, Kweiyang, and Lingkuantien, plus scattered T/Os elsewhere.


9/17/44

FEAF

B-25's bomb Buayoan A/F B-24's, B-25's, and P-38's hit Langoan A/F. B-25's and P-39's, fighting bad weather, attack a variety of tgts, including A/Fs and villages in Amboina-Ceram area. P-47's and P-40's pound Samate A/F.


9/17/44

Seventh AF

A B-24 on a snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima. Armed rcn over Marcus is unsuccessful due to bad weather. Gilbertsbased B-25's pound Nauru.


9/17/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's weatherabort a mission to Suribachi. 4 B-25's fly an unsuccessful shipping sweep.


9/18/44

Eighth AF

12 ftr gps escort airplanes of First Allied Airborne Army as second troop echelon is dropped in the Netherlands to participate in heavy fighting in Arnhem area. Ftrs bomb and strafe flak positions and other ground tgts and encounter heavy flak and over 100 enemy ftrs which claim 7 US ftrs. US claims include 29 ftrs and 33 flak positions destroyed. Almost 250 B-24's, supported by nearly 200 ftrs, drop supplies to First Allied Airborne Army in the Netherlands. Intense flak downs 16 B-24's and 21 ftrs. 2 of the ftr gps strafe rail and highway traffic and over 50 ftrs bomb flak positions. In last Eighth AF shuttle-bombing mission, 18-22 Sep, UKUSSR-Italy-UK, 110 B-17's and 150 P-51's (64 P-51's to continue to USSR) drop supplies to Polish forces at Warsaw. 3 B-17's abort and 2 are lost. After completing supply drop, 105 B-17's and the 64 P-51's proceed to USSR.


9/18/44

Ninth AF

First 9th Bomb Div HQ on European continent opens at Chartres. Weather cancels all bmr activity. Less than 100 ftrs spt US VII Corps in W Germany and fly cover in area of Brest where organized resistance comes to an end.


9/18/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's continue to hit troop concentrations and gun positions in spt of British Eighth Army forces which opens assault on defenses in Rimini area. Despite bad weather B-26's and P-47's maintain attacks on bridges, rail lines, and transportation in Po Valley.


9/18/44

Fifteenth AF

463 B-17's and B-24's, some with ftr escort, hit Subotica and Szeged M/Ys and railroad bridges at Novi Sad, Belgrade, Szob, and Budapest (2). Ftrs maintain cover over Budapest area.


9/18/44

Tenth AF

9 P-47's pound Japanese positions in Myothit area. 8 B-25's hit supply dumps and installations at Chefang. 18 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow. 200-plus other sorties by TC aircraft deliver men and supplies to several points in CBI.


9/18/44

Fourteenth AF

30 B-25's attack town areas and fuel dumps at Lingling, Taohsien, and Chuanhsien and damage the approaches to Lingling ferry crossing. 4 B-24's over Formosa Strait claim 1 freighter sunk. About 115 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack troops, trucks, tanks, shipping, town areas, and other T/Os throughout Hunan province S of Tungting Lake to Luichow Peninsula and Chikhom Bay.


9/18/44

FEAF

B-24's blast several tgts in Davao area, including oil storage at Sasa. B-25's hit Langoan A/F and lake area. Others hit Samate A/F. Bad weather forces B-24's over Ceram-Amboina area to individually attack tgts which include 4 A/Fs. FBs hit A/F and town of Manokwari and AA guns at Moemi.


9/18/44

Seventh AF

2 B-24's on armed rcn from Saipan bomb Marcus. 28 Eniwetok-based B-24's bomb Truk. Gilberts-based B-25's pound Ponape.


9/19/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 800 B-17's are dispatched against tgts in NW Germany. Weather prevents about half from bombing primary tgts but most manage to bomb secondaries or T/Os. Over 650 B-17's bomb 10 M/Ys and several bridges, railroads, factories, barges, storage areas, city areas and numerous scattered T/Os in NW Germany. 6 ftr gps furnish spt. 4 P-51 gps supporting First Allied Airborne Army in the Netherlands engage well over 100 ftrs, downing 23. 9 P-51's are lost. As UK-USSR-Italy-UK shuttle mission continues, over 90 B-17's and their ftr gp take off from USSR, bomb M/Y at Szolnok, and fly to Fifteenth AF bases in Italy.


9/19/44

Ninth AF

Bmrs hit M/Ys in Duren area to prevent reinforcements from reaching Aachen area by rail. IX TAC supports US V Corps in repelling counterattack at Wallendorf bridgehead, supports Operation MARKET- GARDEN and flies armed rcn in W Germany. XIX TAC escorts LBs and MBs, flies cover both for MARKET-GARDEN and in Brest and Nancy areas, and armed rcn over Metz area.


9/19/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather grounds MBs. FBs hit guns and defensive positions along Gothic Line and attack roads and bridges in Bologna area.


9/19/44

Fifteenth AF

96 B-24's attack railroad bridges at Kraljevo and Mitrovica. 70 P-38's provide tgt area cover.


9/19/44

Tenth AF

18 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow and Chengkuing. TC transports fly over 100 sorties carrying men and supplies to several CBI locations.


9/19/44

Fourteenth AF

28 B-25's bomb Lingling, Lengshuitang, Chuanhsien, Sinning, and Shanhsien. 150-plus P-40's and P-51's pound numerous T/Os during armed rcn flights from Tungting Lake-C Yangtze R area to the S China Sea. The FBs particularly concentrate on road transport in Changsha area and supply dumps, buildings, and trucks near Sintsiang.


9/19/44

FEAF

Striking all principal tgts in NE Celebes, B-24's, B-25's, and P-38's hit Amoerang port area, Menado fuel tanks and shipping personnel areas and AA guns at Mapanget and Sidate, bivouac, supply areas, and lookout towers along Lembeh Strait, Langoan A/F, and Kakas rest camp.


9/19/44

Seventh AF

29 Saipan-based B-24's blast shipping at Chichi Jima. 24 P-47's bomb and strafe AA positions and storage areas on Pagan. 3 B-24's on snooper and armed rcn missions bomb Iwo Jima and Marcus.


9/19/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-25's fly shipping sweep over Tomari Cape. 4 B-24's off to strike Kurabu Cape turn back due to weather and mechanical failures.


9/20/44

Eighth AF

Over 600 ftrs spt First Allied Airborne Army in Arnhem and Nijmegen areas, strafing and bombing ground tgts. Intense light flak claims 5 ftrs. Air attacks aid ground troops in taking valuable bridges in the area and in adv toward Arnhem.


9/20/44

Ninth AF

The Ninth's adv HQ follows US 12th Army Gp to Verdun. About 40 MBs hit Trier M/Y and defensive positions at Herbach to complicate rail transportation and aid in Allied ground attack on Aachen. Ftrs fly air cover for US V and VII Corps in W Germany near Dutch boundary and US XV and XX Corps in Nancy area, and fly armed rcn over Bonn, Mannheim, Hamburg, Koblenz, and Ruhr Valley areas.


9/20/44

Twelfth AF

27th and 79th Ftr Gps are added to XII FC which on this days begins operations in spt of US Fifth Army. Weather again grounds MBs and severely restricts ftrs which fly uneventful rcn missions.


9/20/44

Fifteenth AF

500 B-17's and B-24's escorted by P-38's and P-51's attack 3 railroad bridges at Budapest, 2 M/Ys at Hatvan and 1 at Gyor and bomb Malacky A/F and Bratislava oil district.


9/20/44

Tenth AF

P-47's hit Kadu rail siding, Nyaungbintha, Indaw, and troops at Hkaungtung. 3 B-25's weathered out of Bhamo area hit alternates at Indaw. TC aircraft continue large-scale operations to several points in CBI.


9/20/44

Fourteenth AF

27 B-25's bomb Lingling, Chuanhsien, and Kiyang and hit T/Os throughout Chuanhsien area. More than 100 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over wide areas of SE China attack troops, horses, trucks, shipping, and other T/Os, particularly concentrating on areas around Chuanhsien, Lingling, Kiyang, Changsha, and Yiyang.


9/20/44

FEAF

Despite poor weather over Celebes, Menado area is again attacked. B-24's hit Mapanget and Sidate A/Fs and supply dumps and other T/Os. B-24's hit Djailolo and A-20's and P-47's during 19/20 Sep strike Kaoe A/Fs. B-24's, B-25's, and FBs, striking during 19/20 Sep and during day, pound A/Fs at Amahai, Namlea, Liang and Laha, town of Lautem, and several T/Os. FBs hit AA guns and T/Os at Moemi and Ransiki A/Fs and hit supply dump further E along Orai R. During 20/ 21 Sep a few B-24's again hit Menado and Sidate areas.


9/20/44

Seventh AF

P-47's from Saipan bomb and strafe gun positions on Pagan. A lone B-24 on armed rcn bombs Marcus. B-24's in the Marshalls hit Jaluit while Makin-based B-25's pound Nauru.


9/21/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 450 HBs escorted by 3 P-51 gps attack synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen/Opau, M/Ys at Koblenz and Mainz, and T/Os in Rhineland. 3 ftr gps spt First Allied Airborne Army airplanes dropping supplies and paratroops of Polish 1st Brig near Driel. Bad weather forces recall of 1 gp near Dutch coast. Other gps encounter about 50 ftrs, claiming 20 destroyed against 4 aerial combat losses. Over 80 B-24's carry gasoline to France.


9/21/44

Ninth AF

79 MBs and LBs bomb M/Ys at Gerolstein, Pronsfeld, and Ehrang. Ftrs escort bmrs, fly armed rcn over Bonn, Koblenz, Karlsruhe, Cologne, and Strasbourg area, and spt US First and Third Armies in W Germany and E France. IX TAC is exceptionally effective in aiding V Corps withdrawal from Wallendorf bridgehead. During the evening IX ADC ftrs patrol Luxembourg-Chaumont area.


9/21/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather and unserviceable landing grounds cancel all operations.


9/21/44

Fifteenth AF

345 HBs attack M/Ys at Debreczen, Bekescsaba, and Brod, railroad and highway bridges at Baja, in Kiskore area, and at Tiszafured, plus Novi Sad railroad bridge. 42 P-38's dive-bomb Osijek M/Y. Other ftrs escort HBs. 2 C-47's (1 from Balkan AF), with 8 P-51's escorting, evacuate Fifteenth AF personnel from Yugoslavia to Italy.


9/21/44

Tenth AF

7 B-25's hit Man Mawn. 1 other bombs Indaw. 21 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow. 170-plus other transport sorties are flown to various terminal points in CBI.


9/21/44

Fourteenth AF

27 B-25's pound Kiyang, Yungming, Lingling and areas to the N, and area W of Chuanhsien. 100-plus P-40's and P-51's attack buildings, river shipping, troops, horses, and supplies at numerous points especially around Sinshih, Kiyang, Wuchou, and Isuho.


9/21/44

FEAF

B-24's attack Laha and Kairatoe A/F and shipping in Piroe Bay. P-38's and B-25's hit Menado, Tomohon, Kakas rest camp, small craft near Belang I, Kairatoe, and Namlea A/F, and barge off Kaoe Pt. FBs hit Windissi and Ransiki T/Os and strafe T/Os near Orai R. During 21/22 Sep FBs hit Geelvink Bay-Bentoni Bay area.


9/21/44

Seventh AF

5 B-24's on armed rcn and trg missions from Saipan bomb Marcus and Pagan. B-25's, based in the Gilberts, strike Ponape.


9/22/44

Eighth AF

Over 600 HBs from UK escorted by 6 P-51 gps bomb 3 armd vehicle and motor transport factories at Kassel along with 6 T/Os at Wetzlar. Over 100 B-24's fly gasoline to France. Last Eighth AF UKUSSR-Italy-UK shuttle mission ends as 84 B-17's escorted by 51 P-51's return directly to UK bases from Italy. Remaining aircraft return on 8 Oct.


9/22/44

Ninth AF

XIX TAC HQ accompanies US Third Army HQ from Chalons-sur-Marne to Etain. No bmr missions are flown. Ftrs attack railroads, supply and ordnance depots, and strongpoints, and fly sweeps and armed rcn over Cologne, Dusseldorf, Aachen, Koblenz, Trier, Bonn, Mannheim, and Strasbourg areas.


9/22/44

Twelfth AF

Operating N of Italian battle area, MBs bomb road and rail bridges, while FBs continue hitting roads, railroads, and transportation, and spt ground forces as US Fifth Army elements prepare to pursue enemy withdrawing from N of Pistoia and to drive N to Raticosa Pass and NE to Imola. British Eighth Army forces battle enemy along Marecchia R.


9/22/44

Fifteenth AF

366 B-24's and B-17's escorted by 270 ftrs bomb NE industrial area of Munich and Munich/Riem A/F. 76 B-24's bomb Larissa M/Y. 68 B-24's fly supply mission to S France.


9/22/44

Tenth AF

13 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow. TCs fly more than 170 other sorties to various points in the CBI.


9/22/44

Fourteenth AF

24 B-24's pound Hankow. 12 B-25's and 7 P-51's hit Hengyang road junction and ferry. 7 B-25's bomb Kianghwa while 6 P-51's damage nearby bridge. 5 B-25's hit Yungming. 44 P-40's and P-51's blast T/Os along roads in Changsha, Siangtan, and Sintsiang areas. 50-plus other P-40's and P-51's hit various T/Os around Chuanhsien, Paoching, Lingling, Hankow, and Kiyang.


9/22/44

FEAF

B-24's again pound Sidate and Mapanget. B-24's and B-25's bomb Amahai and Liang villages and Haroekoe A/F. A-20's pound Urarom A/F while FBs hit Idorra, Windissi, Moemi, and Kaimana.


9/22/44

Seventh AF

15 Sapan-based B-24's strike shipping at Chichi Jima. 24 P-47's strafe Pagan and bomb Anatahan I. 3 B-24's on snooper mission and armed rcn flight bomb Iwo Jima and Marcus. 15 B-26's, flying out of Makin, bomb Nauru.


9/23/44

Eighth AF

14 ftr gps bomb and strafe flak positions and other ground tgts in 2 landing zones in Nijmegen area, immediately preceding the arrival of the remainder of US 82d and 101st Airborne Divs and Polish 1st Brig, and engage over 160 ftrs. US ftrs claim 27 destroyed. Over 150 B-24's fly gasoline to France.


9/23/44

Ninth AF

MBs and LBs sent against tgts in W Germany are recalled due to weather. Ftrs spt US First Army in W Germany, US Third Army in Chateau-Salins area, escort bmrs (recalled), and fly armed rcn over wide areas of W Germany.


9/23/44

Twelfth AF

Although several missions are aborted because of bad weather, MBs attack several railroad bridges in Po R Valley. FBs hit guns and rail and road tgts in battle area as US Fifth Army pushes on through Gothic Line defenses.


9/23/44

Fifteenth AF

147 B-17's, escorted by 290 P-38's and P-51's bomb Brux synthetic oil refinery and Wels M/Y. 229 B-24's attack comm tgts in Italy, including viaduct at Venzone and road and railroad bridges at Casarsa della Delizia, Pinzano al Tagliamento, Ponte di Piave, Latisana, San Dona di Piave, and Susegana.


9/23/44

Tenth AF

19 P-47's attack bridges along a line Wanling-Bhamo-Myitkyina destroying 1 bridge. 6 B-25's hit bridges S of Meza, destroying 1 and extensively damaging several others. 19 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow while 2 deliver fuel to Kunming.


9/23/44

Fourteenth AF

15 B-24's pound Burma Road in Chefang area. 36 B-25's hit Chuanhsien and T/Os in surrounding areas. 6 B-25's bomb Kuanyang, 5 hit Yungming, 6 damage Dara bridge, 12 bomb Lungling, and 2 knock out bridge near Jinyang. 2 B-24's bomb docks at Amoy. Again more than 90 P-40's and P-51's hit numerous T/Os throughout SE China concentrating on Japanese troops in Chuanhsien area and various tgts around Jungyun, Yuankiang, Yungming, Lingling, and Hsuchang.


9/23/44

FEAF

During night and day raids B-24's and B-25's concentrate on Sidate and Mapanget A/Fs. P-47's pound Kaoe A/F. P-47's and P-40's bomb AA guns at Manokwari, Moemi, and Ransiki A/Fs.


9/23/44

Thirteenth AF

Thirteenth AF moves from Hollandia to Noemfoor I.


9/23/44

Seventh AF

15 B-24's from Saipan bomb Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, and Ani Jima. 2 B-24's on armed rcn bomb Marcus while 1 on trg mission hits Pagan. On 23/24 Sep a B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Wake.


9/4/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 50 B-24's transport fuel to France.


9/4/44

Ninth AF

No bmr operations are flown. XIX TAC supports 7th Armd Div of US Third Army in E France and flies armed rcn over E France and W Germany. IX ADC flies night patrols from Paris to Aachen.


9/4/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels MB and LB operations. FBs spt ground forces, bombing and strafing strongpoints, troop concentrations, and frontline comm tgts as US Fifth Army pushes through N Apennines.


9/4/44

Fifteenth AF

362 B-24's, with ftr escort, bomb Eleusis, Kalamaki, and Tatoi A/Fs, M/Y at Salonika, and harbor at Skaramanga. P-51's escort B-24's transporting personnel from Bari to Marcianise.


9/4/44

Tenth AF

P-47's fly 20 attack sorties against tgts in Mawhun area, including Pinlon. Other P-47's fly 13 sorties against tgts in Bhamo area, demolishing bridge at Manyut and hitting enemy positions at Chayuhkwang. 11 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow. 240-plus other transport sorties are flown to various points in the CBI.


9/4/44

Fourteenth AF

26 B-26's bomb Mangshih, Taohsien, and Kuanyang, attack White Cloud A/F, and knock out Dara bridge. 3 others hit T/Os near Changtuikuan and along Ling- ling-Siangtan road 70-plus P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over SW and SE China pound numerous T/Os, especially town areas and river shipping at Takhing and Sinshih.


9/4/44

FEAF

B-24's and B-25's bomb Amahai, Namlea, and Haroekoe A/Fs and Boela. HBs hit Lautem. FBs attack Babo, Urarom, and Manokwari A/Fs while B-25's bomb Sorong.


9/4/44

Seventh AF

18 B-24's from Saipan hit shipping and harbor facilities in the Bonins, mostly at Chichi Jima. 2 others on armed rcn mission bomb Marcus. 16 ftrs strafe AA positions on Rota. 26 B-24's from Kwajalein bomb Truk while 11 B-25's, based in the Gilberts, hit Ponape.


9/4/44

Eleventh AF

8 B-24's striking Kurabu Cape A/F are challenged by 12 ftrs. 1 of 2 damaged B-24's forcelands in USSR. One ftr is downed. 4 B-25's fly negative shipping search.


9/25/44

Eighth AF

About 100 HBs escorted by 14 ftr gps attack 3 M/Ys and a synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen and Koblenz, industrial area of Frankfurt/Main and several T/Os. About 175 B-24's haul fuel to France.


9/25/44

Ninth AF

No bmr missions are flown. IX TAC flies cover for US First Army units in W Germany, dive-bombs rail lines, and flies armed rcn over Trier-Koblenz-Aachen area. IX ADC flies night patrols from Paris E to Luxembourg and the German border.


9/25/44

Twelfth AF

MBs and LBs cancel operations due to bad weather. FBs hit barracks areas, railroads, roads, and transportation in or near Bologna, Bozzolo, Parma, Castelfranco Veneto, and Canneto sull'Oglio, and in immediate battle areas as US Fifth Army meets strong opposition, especially in vicinity of Monte Bastione, and near Torre Poggioli, Monte Gamberaldi, and Monte Castelnuovo.


9/25/44

Fifteenth AF

51 B-24's, with P-51's and P-38's providing tgt cover and close escort, bomb Piraeus, Skaramanga, and Salamis harbors.


9/25/44

Tenth AF

13 P-47's attack towns of Haungton, Myintha, and Mawlu. B-24's again haul fuel to China, 15 landing at Kunming, 3 at Liuchow, and 1 at Yungning. Tenth AF flies 220-plus other transport sorties to various CBI terminals.


9/25/44

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's blast barracks area at Mangshih. 12 bomb Kweiyang, and 6 hit town area and railroad yards at Hengyang. 11 B-24's pound Nanking. About 120 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn over vast expanses of China S of the Yangtze R attack large variety of T/Os at numerous locations including troops, buildings, and comm tgts in Paoching area and between Siangtan and Fulinpu.


9/25/44

FEAF

B-24's hit Kendari A/F and B-25's bomb Langoan A/F. A-20's fire storage areas and hit personnel areas on W shore of Kaoe Bay. Namlea A/F is again bombed by B-24's. P-38's pound Kairatoe and Boela A/Fs. B-25's and A-20's hit Sagan and Urarom A/Fs while P-40's attack Kaimana.


9/25/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based B-24's strike Iwo Jima and Marcus. During 25/26 Sep Kwajalein-based B-24's stage through Eniwetok on strike at shipping at Truk. Failing to locate primary tgts the HBs bomb Tol, Eten, Param, and Moen while others hit Wake during 25/26 Sep.


9/25/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-25's fly negative shipping sweep.


9/26/44

Eighth AF

400 B-17's bomb 2 M/Ys, 2 aircraft plants, a steel works, and 2 A/Fs at Osnabruck, Hamm, Bremen, Rheine, and Hesepe, plus 3 T/Os in NW Germany. 9 P-51 gps fly escort. 8 ftr gps, including 2 attached from Ninth AF, spt First Allied Airborne Army, claiming 32 ftrs destroyed in combat. Over 160 B-24's fly fuel to France.


9/26/44

Ninth AF

No bmr missions are flown. IX TAC supports US First Army in Bonn area and cuts rail lines W of Rhine. XIX TAC hits fortifications near Metz.


9/26/44

Twelfth AF

During 25/26 Sep A-20's bomb T/Os in Po Valley. Throughout the day B-25's and B-26's pound rail and road bridges in E and NW parts of the Valley while FBs and ftrs of XII FC attack road nets, rails, motor transport, and supply points at many locations in the valley.


9/26/44

Tenth AF

2 P-47 flights hit tgts in Bhamo-Myothit area, including Sinkin, Momauk, and Nanhlaing. 3 other flights hit tgts in Pinwe-Mawlu area, including town of Nyaungbintha. 20-plus P-47's in 2 flights hit Tingka, fuel storage at Chefang, and repair shops at Wanting. 9 B-25's blast troop concentrations and stores in Hinlong. 19 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow, Yangtong, and Yungning.


9/26/44

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's bomb Lungfukwan and Mangshih while several P-40's hit T/Os in same areas. 6 B-25's and 4 P-38's attack and slightly damage Dara bridge and destroy road machinery nearby. About 50 P-40's and P-51's continue armed rcn over vast inland areas of S China, attacking troops, buildings, and other T/Os.


9/26/44

FEAF

B-25's bomb Maumere Bay. B-25's and B-24's bomb Liang and Kendari A/Fs. P-40's hit Kokas.


9/26/44

Twentieth AF

83 B-29's, staging from Chengtu, bomb Anshan most of them striking Showa Steel Works with poor results. 15 others bomb Dairen, Sinsiang, and various T/Os. During 26/27 Sep, Japanese aircraft bomb Chengtu area, damaging 5 B-29's. This attack along with the one on 8 Sep set pattern for Japanese raids which usually follow B-29 missions and continue until 19 Dec but are of light nature and annoying rather than seriously damaging.


9/26/44

Seventh AF

2 B-24's from Saipan on armed rcn bomb Marcus. During 26/27 Sep another B-24 snooper hits Iwo Jima. B-25's from the Gilberts bomb Nauru. B-24's from the Marshalls hit Wake during 26/27 Sep.


9/26/44

Eleventh AF

A B-24 flies weather rcn. Later 4 B-24's radarbomb Suribachi A/F.


9/27/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 1,100 HBs bomb 2 M/Ys, 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 motor works, and a tank and armored vehicle plant, at Cologne, Ludwigshafen, Mainz, and Kassel, and T/Os in W Germany. 15 escorting ftr gps claim 31 aircraft destroyed. Over 160 B-24's carry gasoline to France.


9/27/44

Ninth AF

Nearly 300 MBs and LBs abort due to weather. 8 manage to bomb tgt at Foret de Parroy. Ftrs fly armed rcn, cover US First and Third Army forces in W Germany and E France and later fly night patrols in Belgium, Luxembourg, and W German areas.


9/27/44

Twelfth AF

During 26/27 Sep A-20's bomb motor transport in Po Valley. During the day bad weather cancels MB operations and restricts XII FC. Yet FBs effectively spt US Fifth Army, especially on Monte Oggioli, blasting defensive positions, troop concentrations, roads, and motor transport, and cutting rail lines between Parma and Piacenza.


9/27/44

Tenth AF

13 P-47's bomb area near Katha. 30 P-47's in 5 flights hit ammo stores and town area of Myothit, and attack Sinkin, Bhamo, and Ma-ubin. 7 other P-47's damage approaches to railroad bridge at Nansiaung, 7 more hit bivouac area at Pinwe, and 7 B-25's pound Hsenwi. 10 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow and Yungning. TCs fly 200-plus sorties to various points in CBI.


9/27/44

Fourteenth AF

40-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack comm tgts, river shipping, buildings, and troops in Kiyang, Lungfukwan, Sungpai, Chuanhsien, Lingling, Paishui, and Paoching areas.


9/27/44

FEAF

B-24's bomb Menado personnel and supply areas. B-25's attack oil tanks at Boela and hit Old Namba A/F. P-40's hit Rapsiki, Kokas, and Waren A/F and shipping in Vogelkop Peninsula area.


9/27/44

Seventh AF

Saipan-based P-47's bombs and strafes Pagan. 2 B-24's on armed rcn hit Marcus. 14 Marshallsbased B-24's strike Truk.


9/28/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 1,000 HBs attack 2 synthetic oil plants, a motor plant, and city area--all in or near Magdeburg, Kassel, and Merseburg plus T/Os in C Germany including Eschwege A/F. 15 supporting ftr gps claim 26 aircraft destroyed. Over 30 HBs fail to return. Nearly 200 B-24's carry fuel to France.


9/28/44

Ninth AF

9th Bomb Div hits defended area of Foret de Parroy. Ftrs escort bmrs, attack railroads W of the Rhine, fly sweeps and armed rcn in Arnhem (from which British airborne troops have relinquished their hold because of strong German opposition), Koblenz, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, and Mannheim areas, and spt US First and Third Armies in E France and W Germany. Night patrols continue over Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.


9/28/44

Twelfth AF

Weather grounds LBs and MBs. FBs, operating on reduced scale bomb Bologna and hit roads and rail lines at 4 locations.


9/28/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather cancels bombing operations, limiting missions to weather rcn.


9/28/44

Tenth AF

4 P-47's bomb and strafe Mawhun and Nansiaung. 21 B-24's fly fuel to Liuchow, Yungning, and Kunming.


9/28/44

Fourteenth AF

26 B-24's pound town of Samshui. 31 B-25's attack towns of Taochuan and Shangchiehshou, Tien Ho and White Cloud A/Fs, and river and road trafflc around Lingling, Siangtan, and Chuchou. More than 100 P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn attack numerous T/Os including bridges, town areas, troops, and road, rail, and river traffic throughout inland SE China and, on a smaller scale, in SW China and in Indochina.


9/28/44

FEAF

B-25's on shipping sweep attack small vessels off Kairatoe. A-20's bomb Langoan A/F. P-38's hit barge and town area at Pajahi. P-47's pound Manokwari A/F.


9/28/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Saipan bomb naval installations at Chichi Jima. P-47's bomb defenses on Pagan.


9/29/44

Ninth AF

400-plus MBs and LBs hit M/Ys and rail sidings at Prum, Euskirchen, and Bingen, dragon's teeth antitank defenses near Webenheim, and M/Ys, rail sidings, warehouses and barracks at Julich and Bitburg. Over 1,500 ftrs escort bmrs, hit railroads, fly sweeps and armed rcn over wide areas of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, E France, and in W Germany as far E as Frankfurt/Main.


9/29/44

Twelfth AF

LBs and MBs are again grounded by weather. FBs, hampered by weather, fly 52 sorties in afternoon, cutting rail lines leading S from Milan.


9/29/44

Tenth AF

11 B-25's attack and damage the main bridge, knock out the bypass bridge and silence adjoining AA positions on Burma Road near Uamhkai. 18 B-24's haul fuel to Yungning, Liuchow, and Kunming.


9/29/44

Fourteenth AF

11 B-25's bomb Mangshih, 24 bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud A/Fs, and 15 hit T/Os around Chuanhsien, Taochuan and Taohsien. About 100 P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's again attack various T/Os throughout vast expanses of China S of the Yangtze R, hitting road, rail, and river tgts, troops, and town areas.


9/29/44

FEAF

Kendari A/F is bombed by B-24's. B-25's hit both Namlea A/Fs while B-24's blast Liang and Haroekoe A/F. A-20's and RAAF airplanes, continue to pound Urarom A/F; other A-20's bomb Faan A/F.


9/29/44

Seventh AF

3 B-24's from Saipan bomb Marcus. 2 others hit Iwo Jima and Pagan. P-47's bomb and strafe gun positions on Pagan. B-24's from Eniwetok pound Truk.


9/29/44

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's bomb Katooka naval base and Kokutan Cape.


9/30/44

Eighth AF

More than 750 HBs attack 3 M/Ys and an A/F at Bielefeld, Hamm, Handorf, and Munster, Munster city area and several other tgts in the area is bombed by over 200 HBs. 13 ftr gps escort and 2 more fly spt sweeps. Over 100 B-24's haul gasoline to battle areas on the Continent.


9/30/44

Ninth AF

14 B-26's bomb Arnhem road bridge. Results poor. Ftrs fly sweeps over Belgium, E France, and W Germany and attack rail tgts.


9/30/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb road and railroad bridges in Po Valley at Piacenza, Voghera, Sesto Calende, Lonate Pozzolo, Galliate, Cittadella, Borgoforte, and Tortona. B-26's hit fuel dumps at Cremona, and bridges at Padua, Turbigo, and San Nazzaro. XII FC ftrs hit motor transport, rail lines, roads, bridges, and rolling stock in Po Valley.


9/30/44

Tenth AF

50-plus P-47's hit various tgts in Myothit and Bhamo areas, attack T/Os at Khalayang, sweep Anisakan and Nawnghkio A/F areas, bomb Nansiaung railroad bridge, and hit T/Os on or near Burma Road between Mangshih and Lashio. 11 B-25's knock out a span of the main bridge and damage 2 bypass bridges at Hsenwi. 18 B-24's haul fuel to Liuchow, Yungning, and Kunming.


9/30/44

Fourteenth AF

29 B-24's and 12 B-25's bomb Tien Ho and White Cloud A/Fs and Wuchou. 6 B-25's hit T/Os S of Lungfukwan. Nearly 100 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn over wide areas of China S of the Yangtze R again hit numerous T/Os, concentrating on river shipping.


9/30/44

FEAF

B-24's strike oil installations at Balikpapan. Ambesia A/F is pounded by B-24's while B-25's hit Mapanget, Langoan, and Sidate, and P-38's hit shipping in Wasile Bay. Other B-25's attack shipping in the Halmahera waters. P-38's hit Amahai, Kairatoe, and Haroekoe A/Fs and Halong seaplane base. A-20's and FBs hit Babo, Urarom, and Fak Fak. A-20's and B-25's bomb Faan.


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