1/1/45

Eighth AF

The 3 Bomb Divs of the Eighth are redesignated Air Divs. Over 700 HBs attack 3 oil tgts, 5 Rhine R bridges, and rail junctions, 3 M/Ys, various other tgts in 10 cities, and several T/Os--all in Germany. 14 escorting ftr gps battle over 120 ftrs in Frankfurt/Main and Hannover areas, claiming 17 kills, including a jet ftr.


1/1/45

Ninth AF

GAF launches attack of 700-800 airplanes against Ninth AF and Allied A/Fs, mainly in Brussels and Eindhoven areas, and to a lesser degree in Metz area. 127 operational Allied aircraft are destroyed. Allied ftrs claim 160 air victories while AA claims 300. 190 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's hit rail bridges, comm centers, road junction, a cmd post, and HQ, all in Belgium and Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div and Eighth AF bmrs, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed rcn (claiming 39 air victories and numerous ground tgts destroyed) and spt US III, VII, and XII Corps between Saint-Hubert and the Mosel R.


1/1/45

Twelfth AF

MBs attack bridges at Palazzuolo sull'Oglio, Parma, and Calcinato (latter 2 tgts are missed) and ammo dump at Parma. FBs spt ground forces S of Bologna, hit comm and numerous T/Os to the N and completely destroy a fuel dump at Parma. LBs on intruder missions during 31 Dec/1 Jan achieve excellent results on motor park near Molinella and hit M/Y near Milan.


1/1/45

Fifteenth AF

Unfavorable weather permits only P-38 rcn flights.


1/1/45

Tenth AF

71 P-47's and P-38's attack villages, general supply areas, fuel dumps, tanks and other vehicles, and troop concentrations at several locations including Man Hio, Bahe, Mongmit, Hatka, Namhpakha, Loihseng, Mong Yaw and in Hsenwi area. 4 others hit T/Os along the Irrawaddy from Tanaung to Kyungyi. 4 B-25's harass comm lines during 1/2 Jan. Large-scale air transport operations continue.


1/1/45

Fourteenth AF

3 B-24's bomb Ft Bayard. 40 P-51's and P-40's pound railroad tgts, warehouses, industrial works, and gun positions from Yoyang to Puchi. 8 P-51's hit Suchow A/F, claiming 25 airplanes destroyed. 47 other P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn hit troops, horses, town areas, and rail and road traffic at several locations. Especially at Liuchenghsien and between Siaokan and Hsuchang.


1/1/45

FEAF

B-25's and FBs make low-level attacks on Negros I A/Fs. B-24's, with P-38 cover, bomb Clark Field. Others pound Sasa area and along with B-25's hit Djailolo, Wasile Bay bivouac areas, and Miti ammo dump. B-25's bomb A/Fs on Ceram and barracks at Laoag. FBs are active against tgts in Manila area and also hit Silay. A/Fs, shipyards, and other tgts in Borneo, Celebes and Lesser Sunda Is also sustain light raids, by FEAF ftrs and bmrs, which also fly armed rcn.


1/1/45

Seventh AF

19 B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 9 more, during 1/2 Jan snooper missions, hit the island at varying intervals.


1/1/45

Eleventh AF

5 B-24's fly coverage for a naval force upon aborting bomb mission to the Kurils.


1/2/45

Eighth AF

HQ VIII AFSC (Adv) is established in Brussels, along with a 'Far Shore' staff division. Through this HQ, the CG AFSC can administer his cmd and closely communicate with other cmds operating on the Continent. This arrangement functions until 29 Apr when it is relieved by 5th Strategic Air Depot at Merville. About 950 HBs attack 5 M/Ys, 6 bridges, B comm centers, a rail junction, 2 tank concentrations, and several T/Os in battle area of W Germany. 10 ftr gps escort HBs while 2 others spt MBs of Ninth AF. 3 gps fly sweeps in which 1 gp strafes transportation tgts near Frankfurt/Main and Giessen.


1/2/45

Ninth AF

135 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's hit rail bridges and comm centers in Belgium and Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed rcn and spt US III and VIII Corps in Bastogne area and XII Corps S of Clerf R and W of the Sauer R.


1/2/45

Twelfth AF

FBs concentrate effort in W Po Valley and Brenner area, claiming large number of rail lines cut and many vehicles and trains destroyed and damaged. Milan M/Y is hit hard and good coverage is achieved on spt tgts in US Fifth Army battle area. LBs during 1/2 Jan continue intruder missions over Po Valley.


1/2/45

Fifteenth AF

Again bad weather restricts operations to rcn flights.


1/2/45

Tenth AF

Troop concentrations and supplies are attacked at Mabein, Panghka, Mansut, Letpangon, Loimun, Panghkai, Namhsan, Thabeikkyin, and in Lashio area by 66 P-47's and 13 P-38's. 546 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and front-line areas.


1/2/45

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Kentung. 30-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack T/Os, mainly railroad traffic, at or near Lohochai, Pengpu, Man Pong, Wanling, Wan Pa-Hsa, and Sinyang.


1/2/45

FEAF

P-38's and A-20's hit shipping in San Fernando harbor. B-24's pound Clark Field and B-25's hit Batangas. A/Fs in C Phil area are bombed by B-25's, A-20's, and FBs while B-24's strike Likanan, Menado, and Wasile Bay area. Other FEAF aircraft make armed rcn and harassing strikes on T/Os throughout C Phil area and NEI.


1/2/45

Twentieth AF

44 B-29's, operating from Calcutta area, attack railroad bridge at Bangkok. 2 others hit alternate and T/O.


1/2/45

Seventh AF

12 Guam-based B-24's hit Haha Jima while 14 others pound Iwo Jima. During 2/3 Jan 10 Hbs, flying snooper strikes out of Guam, hit Iwo Jima over a 7-hr period.


1/3/45

Eighth AF

Almost 1,100 HBs, escorted by 11 ftr gps, bomb tgts in W Germany, including 11 M/Ys, 3 comm centers, 2 rail junctions, a railhead, 2 city areas, and T/Os. 2 ftr gps fly area sweeps in spt.


1/3/45

Ninth AF

All combat operations are canceled because of weather.


1/3/45

Twelfth AF

MBs score direct hits on 2 railroad bridges at Lavis and fly good coverage of Chiusaforte, Canale d'Isonzo, and Padua railroad bridges. FBs hit large number of comm tgts (mainly railroad tgts) in Po Valley which is also subjected to intruder missions during 2/3 Jan, when pontoon bridges, vehicles, and Ghedi A/F are hit.


1/3/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather curtails operations for fifth successive day. P-38's fly photo and weather rcn missions.


1/3/45

Tenth AF

10 B-25's, supported by 12 P-47's, attack A/F at Aungban. Troop concentrations and supply and ammo dumps are pounded at several locations, including Man Kun, Loi Hkam, Ngawnga, Chakau, Mulaw, and Man Pwe. 575 transport flights are completed to forward areas.


1/3/45

Fourteenth AF

10 P-51's hit A/F at Tsinan, claiming 13 airplanes destroyed. 6 P-51's claim several river steamers sunk in Hankow-Chiuchiang area while 6 others damage bridges at Chinchengchiang. 20-plus other P-40's, P-51's, and P-47's on armed rcn attack various T/Os in WuchangHankow and Shwangliu areas, at Namtao, S and SW of Man Pong, and W of Wanling.


1/3/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Clark Field and Mabalacat areas. B-25's hit 5 A/Fs in C Phil Is while B-24's bomb 2 on Mindanao. B-24's attack Djailolo supply area, while B-25's bomb Namlea A/F. Numerous other FEAF aircraft on armed rcn, harassing raids, and light strikes attack a vast variety of tgts throughout NEI and Phil Is.


1/3/45

Twentieth AF

57 Marianasbased B-29's bomb docks and urban areas of Nagoya. 21 others bomb alternates and T/Os. Japanese ftrs fly 300-plus attacks on the B-29's. 5 VHBs are lost. B-29 gunners claim 14 kills.


1/3/45

Seventh AF

22 B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 3 from Guam, on armed rcn, hit Marcus. During a 6-hr period on 3/4 Jan, 10 HBs from Guam hit Iwo Jima.


1/3/45

Eleventh AF

B-25's fly coverage for a naval force over the Kurils.


1/4/45

Eighth AF

Transfer of HQ, VIII FC from Bushey Hall to Charleroi begins. HQ is to provide administrative and operational spt for ftr gps operating with Ninth AF on tac spt missions.


1/4/45

Ninth AF

All combat operations, except a defensive patrol by 4 ftrs, are canceled because of bad weather.


1/4/45

Twelfth AF

MBs hit bridges at Lavis and Calliano. Ftrs and FBs interdict Po Valley comm and hit ammo dump at San Felice del Benaco. During 3/4 Jan LBs successfully hit stores dump and bridge near Mestre, and destroy or damage over 50 vehicles.


1/4/45

Fifteenth AF

370-plus B-24's and B-17's bomb M/Ys at Verona (2), Bronzolo (2), Vicenza, Padua (2), Trento, and Bolzano, and station sidings at Trento. 54 P-38's attempt high-level bombing of Cismon del Grappa but fail to hit tgt. 9 B-24's drop supplies in Yugoslavia. P-38's and P-51's fly rcn and escort operations. Over 200 ftrs accompany Hbs.


1/4/45

Tenth AF

13 B-25's, escorted by 12 P-47's, bomb Namsang A/F. 12 P-47's hit bypass road bridges at Inailong and Bawgyo, damaging approaches to the latter. Troops and supply areas are hit at Man Kat, Hsenwi, Yi-ku, Se-hai, and near Nawnghkio by 36 P-47's and P-38's. 6 P-47's bomb cable and pontoons along N riverbank at Na-lang. 6 hit enemy activity near Twinnge and 5 attack truck dispersal area and warehouses at Mogok. Transports fly 597 sorties to front areas and forward bases.


1/4/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-24's bomb Ft Bayard and Samah Bay areas. 6 B-25's damage a bridge and a warehouse, and destroy 2 other buildings at Kentung. 21 P-40's on armed rcn pound T/Os in Wanling area. 8 P-51's knock out bridge at Huizan and damage another, and 20 other ftrs hit T/Os around Lohochai, Sinyang and Hankow.


1/4/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Puerto Princesa. B-25's hit railroad and highways in San Pedro area. B-25's and P-38's hit Tanamon and Sidate. Other B-24's and B-25's, flying smallscale strikes, hit A/Fs in S Luzon, on Mindanao, in NE Celebes, and in C Phil Is, and bomb shipyards in N Borneo.


1/4/45

Seventh AF

13 Guam-based B-24's pound Iwo Jima. During 4/5 Jan, 10 more hit the island with individual harassment strikes.


1/5/45

Eighth AF

Over 850 HBs, supported by 11 ftr gps, bomb 9 M/Ys, 8 comm centers, 3 rail tgts, 5 city areas, and 15 T/Os in battle areas and C Germany. 1 ftr gp flies uneventful sweep while another bombs and strafes Siegen M/Y.


1/5/45

Ninth AF

9th Bomb Div attacks rail bridges at Ahrweiler, Simmern, and Bullay and comm centers at Gouvy, Houffalize, Massen, and near Durler. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div and VIII BC, fly armed rcn, attack A/Fs, comm center, traffic concentration, and other tgts, and spt US III and VIII Corps W and E of Bastogne and 2d and 3d Armd Divs near Manhay.


1/5/45

Twelfth AF

During 4/5 Jan A-20's on S Po Valley intruder mission bomb Modena area. Bad weather cancels all other operations.


1/5/45

Fifteenth AF

1 B-24 bombs Zagreb railroad sidings. 69 others abort due to total cloud cover over tgt. 38 P-51's fly cover over tgt area. 33 P-38's bomb N railroad bridge at Doboj. other operations are limited to rcn, supply drops, and escort.


1/5/45

Tenth AF

16 B-25's flying A/F sweep inflict considerable damage on Laihka, Aungban, Kunlon, and Mong Long A/Fs. In Namhkam sector, 2 P-47's join ground forces in blasting arty positions at Wingkang and Kunlong. 9 P-47's damage bypass bridges at Mongmit. 70-plus FBs attack storage areas, tanks and trucks, and troop concentrations at Mong Yaw, Hsenwi, Hpa-Pen, Man Ton, Tunghka, Man Peng, and Longhsu. Transports fly 550-plus sorties to forward bases and front-line areas. Operation GRUB-WORM, one of the major transport achievements of the war, is completed on this date 1 month from its start. Chinese 14th and 22d Divs, Chinese Sixth Army HQ, a heavy mortar co, a signal co, and 2 portable surgical hospitals have been airlifted. The move required 1,328 transport sorties. ATC provided 597 sorties; the air commando sqs, 488; and Tenth AF, 243. The lift included more than 25,000 Chinese soldiers, 396 US soldiers, 1,596 animals, 42 jeeps, 48 howitzers, 48 heavy mortars, and 48 antitank guns. The troops and supplies have been landed at Chanyi, Kunming, Luliang, and Yunnani. Only 3 planes were lost during the operation.


1/5/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's pound 13 storage buildings at Kengtung. 5 B-25's knock out bridge at Dara. 3 B-25's bomb Wan Pa-Hsa and Hawng Luk while 1 B-24 bombs CapSaint-Jacques area. 29 P-40's and P-51's hit A/Fs at Hankow and Wuchang, claiming 50 airplanes destroyed in the air and on the ground. 23 P-51's and P-38's hit A/F and other tgts in Samah Bay area, claiming 11 airplanes destroyed. 30 P-40's and P-38's attack various T/Os, Sinsiang, Kengtung, and Wan Pa-Hsa, and in Wanling area. 4 P-40's pound fortified hill positions in Salween area.


1/5/45

FEAF

In major strikes of the day B-25's hit shore installations along Lingayan Gulf, and bomb Menado. B-24's attack Miri A/F. Numerous smaller strikes are flown throughout Phil Is and NEI. A-20's and FBs attack A/Fs in Luzon, C Phil area and Mindanao, FBs and B-24's hit Pombelaa, Tondano area, and T/Os in NE Celebes. Other FEAF aircraft fly scattered strikes at various tgts in Borneo, Lesser Sunda, and Tanimbar Is.


1/5/45

Seventh AF

22 B-24's from Saipan, in morning and afternoon raids, pound Iwo Jima. 7 P-38's, with 3 B-24's as navigational escort, fly strafing mission against Iwo Jima. Other B-24's act as airborne spotters for naval bombardment of Chichi Jima and Haha Jima.


1/5/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-24's fly an air coverage mission for a naval TF on its approach to Suribachi.


1/6/45

Eighth AF

More than 750 HBs attack 6 M/Ys, 4 bridges, a comm center, a city area, and 14 T/Os in battle zone of W Germany. 7 ftr gps fly escort and 1 gp strafes A/F and transportation tgts. 1 gp of FBs bombs Siegen M/Y.


1/6/45

Ninth AF

26 bmrs of 9th Bomb Div strike Prum. Bad weather prevents all ftr operations.


1/6/45

Twelfth AF

Bad weather over N Italy grounds MBs. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs hit rail lines and bridges in Genoa-La Spezia coastline area, and bomb vessels in harbors at Genoa and Imperia.


1/6/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather precludes all operations except a single rcn mission by 2 P-38's.


1/6/45

Tenth AF

Bad weather cancels all combat missions. Transports manage 310 sorties, landing men and supplies at advanced bases and dropping supplies to frontline troops.


1/6/45

Fourteenth AF

40 P-40's, P-51's, and P-47's pound Hankow-Wuchang area. 9 airplanes are claimed destroyed. 4 B-24's bomb Cap-SaintJacques area.


1/6/45

FEAF

In the day's major operations, B-24's bomb Clark Field while B-25's, A-20's, and FBs blast bridges and T/Os at Calumpit and Plaridel and in nearby S Luzon areas. B-24's bomb Nichols Field and Nielson A/F. A-20's, with P-38 cover, bomb Carolina A/F. B-25's and FBs hit Mapanget A/F. FEAF flies numerous smaller strikes against various points throughout NEI and Phil Is.


1/6/45

Twentieth AF

28 Chengtu-based B-29's bomb aircraft factory at Omura. 13 bomb secondary tgt at Nanking while 6 attack T/Os.


1/6/45

Seventh AF

15 B-24's, based at Guam, bomb Iwo Jima A/Fs. During 6/7 Jan, 9 B-24's on individual snooper strikes continue to pound the A/Fs.


1/6/45

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's bomb Suribachi Bay A/F, also hitting buildings and pier areas. 10 B-25's fly single air coverage sorties for naval TF.


1/7/45

Eighth AF

Over 1,000 HBs, escorted by 11 ftr gps, bomb 7 M/Ys, 6 comm centers, 3 bridges, railroad lines, along with several city areas and T/Os in Germany. 2 ftr gps sweep Cologne and Osnabruck areas.


1/7/45

Ninth AF

XXIX TAC ftrs escort VIII BC HBs. All other cmds and 9th Bomb Div cancel operations as weather is bad.


1/7/45

Twelfth AF

Weather grounds MBs and LBs. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs make 6 cuts on Brenner rail line, damage W end of rail bridge at Cittadella, and hit M/Y S of Trento. Most of XXII TAC's effort is concentrated against land and water comm in La Spezia-Genoa area, including attacks on shipping at Savona and San Remo harbors.


1/7/45

Fifteenth AF

Unfavorable weather again curtails operations. 3 P-38's complete photo and weather rcn missions.


1/7/45

Tenth AF

Bad weather cancels all combat missions. Transports complete 383 sorties to forward areas.


1/7/45

Fourteenth AF

5 B-24's bomb Ft Bayard and attack shipping in Samah Bay, claiming 1 vessel sunk.


1/7/45

FEAF

In major strikes of the day, large numbers of B-25's and A-20's, supported by P-38's, hit network of airstrips from Clark Field to Angeles A/F. B-24's bomb Nielson and Grace Park A/Fs and Nichols Field, and B-25's and FBs pound bridges in the Plaridel and Calumpit areas. B-24's raid Padada and Daliao A/Fs. B-25's and FBs hit Lembeh Strait and Langoan areas. Other FEAF aircraft on small-scale armed rcn missions strike T/Os throughout Phil Is.


1/7/45

Seventh AF

11 B-24's, flying out of Saipan, bomb A/F on Iwo Jima. During 7/8 Jan, 10 more HBs again pound A/Fs, striking in single-bmr snooper missions over a 7-hr period.


1/8/45

Eighth AF

Nearly 600 HBs, given area spt by 6 ftr gps, bomb 4 M/Ys, 12 comm centers, a rail-over-road bridge, and 5 T/Os in Germany.


1/8/45

Ninth AF

Weather prevents operations.


1/8/45

Twelfth AF

XXII TAC A-20's fly 33 effective sorties in Po Valley during 7/8 Jan. Bad weather sharply reduces daytime operations. Of 3 MB missions dispatched, only 1 reaches tgt (Chivasso railway bridge) where only 6 Mbs bomb through overcast. Less than 20 XXII TAC ftrs hit scattered tgts in Po Valley.


1/8/45

Fifteenth AF

More than 300 B-17's and B-24's bomb Linz main station yard and N main M/Y plus M/Ys at Graz, Villach, Klagenfurt, and Salzburg, escorted by 200-plus P-38's and P-51's. Over 30 other P-38's fly rcn and rcn escort.


1/8/45

Tenth AF

21 B-25's hit troops and supply areas at Nampeng and Mong Long. 74 P-47's and P-38's attack troop concentrations and supply areas at Tunhunghkam, Mongyu, Hpa-hpun, and Man Om. 12 P-47's knock out bypass bridge at Namhkai. Transports complete 470-plus sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.


1/8/45

Fourteenth AF

8 P-51's hit T/Os E of Muse and E of Wanling.


1/8/45

FEAF

In the main strikes during the day, P-51's and P-40's strafe A/Fs in the Lingayen Gulf area. A-20's pound railroad yards at Cabanatuan, motor convoys between Cabanatuan and Bongalion and between Bongabon and Mojon, Rosales and San Quintin rail installations, bridges at Cuyapo, Paniqui, and near Santa Rosa. P-47's hit rail yards and truck convoy in San Jose area. B-24's and A-20's attack Nichols Field and Nielson, Lipa, and Calingatan A/Fs. B-25's with P-47 cover, bomb Fabrica A/F, while B-24's bomb Likanan A/F and oil storage at Matina. P-38's attack Manggar and Sepinggang A/Fs. Numerous small-scale attacks over the Phil Is and NEI continue.


1/8/45

Seventh AF

26 Guam-based B-24's bomb A/Fs on Iwo Jima, which, during 8/9 Jan, 10 more B-24's subject to individual snooper strikes over a 6-hr period.


1/9/45

Ninth AF

15 B-26's bomb Rinnthal rail bridge with aim of isolating 3 enemy armd divs in Landau area. XXIX TAC ftrs escort the Mbs. Weather prevents other operations.


1/9/45

Twelfth AF

MBs attack bridges at Palazzuolo sull'Oglio, Pontetidone, Romano di Lombardia, and assembly area at Crespellano. Ftrs and FBs in excellent day against comm in W and C Po Valley and other points in N Italy make numerous rail cuts, destroy or damage many vehicles and trains and effectively hit ammo and fuel dumps, guns, and strongpoints along US Fifth Army front in the N Apennines.


1/9/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather permits only rcn missions.


1/9/45

EAC

Col Minton W Kaye assumes cmd of Photo Rcn Force, a component of EAC.


1/9/45

Tenth AF

8 P-47's hit div HQ at Ho-na while 4 others spt ground forces in Si-U sector. 90-plus FBs hit supply areas, tanks, AA positions, and troop concentrations at Man Kat, Tonghsim, Kong-lin, Bawdwin, Mong Tat, and in Hsenwi vicinity. 488 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


1/9/45

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's hit railroad tgts, road bridge, and building area NE of Thanh Moi. 25 P-40's, P-38's, and P-51's hit T/Os S, SW, and NE of Wanling. 8 P-51's bomb railroad repair shops at Sinsiang while 3 P-40's hit road W of Muse, causing traffic block.


1/9/45

FEAF

Amphibious forces of US Sixth Army begin landing on shores of Lingayen Gulf at 0930. In N Luzon, B-24's bomb Mabalacat while B-25's, A-20's, and FBs destroy several bridges and numerous vehicles and trains throughout Luzon, and bomb several A/Fs. B-24's also hit Nielson A/F and Nichols Field. FEAF airplanes make small-scale attacks on barges, A/Fs, and T/Os on Mindanao, Halmahera, Ceram area, N Borneo, and on Timor.


1/9/45

Twentieth AF

39 B-29's from Chengtu bomb harbor at Kirun. This raid is first of several such operations against Formosa in conjunction with the US invasion of Luzon. 6 B-29's bomb last resort tgts along China coast. 72 Marianas-based B-29's are dispatched against Musashino aircraft plant near Tokyo. High winds break up formations so that only 18 V HBs can bomb the primary tgt. A large number hits alternates and T/Os.


1/9/45

Seventh AF

24 B-24's, based on Saipan, hit A/F on Iwo Jima which is struck again by 8 HBs on individual snooper missions during 9/10 Jan.


1/9/45

Eleventh AF

For the first time the Eleventh radar-bombs with H2X equipment as 4 B-24's hit Suribachi Bay A/F.


1/10/45

Eighth AF

Over 912 HBs attack 10 bridges, 6 M/Ys, 5 A/Fs, and numerous T/Os. 3 ftr gps fly close escort and 3 other gps give area spt. 1 gp of P-51's bombs M/Ys in Neustadt area. Heavy AA fire accounts for almost 20 Hbs.


1/10/45

Ninth AF

Over 30 B-26's sent against comm center and road bridge abort due to weather. XIX TAC escorts MBs, flies patrols, attacks bridges and other tgts and supports US III, VIII, XII, and XX Corps in Saint-Hubert-Bastogne-Wiltz area, in Diekirch and Echternach area and points to the SE.


1/10/45

Twelfth AF

Weather restricts operations but FBs effectively attack comm and supply dumps in C and N Po Valley. The strikes are concentrated in the N and around Piacenza, and score nearly 50 rail cuts, along with destruction of 80 motor transports and several trains. Fuel and ammo dumps in Milan area are bombed and a 400-ft naval vessel at Venice is destroyed.


1/10/45

Fifteenth AF

Weather restricts operations to photo and weather rcn missions.


1/10/45

Tenth AF

75 FBs pound troop concentrations, supplies, tanks, arty, and buildings at Kawnglang, Nampachi, Man Namman, Pangkai, Mong Yai, Namhsan, Namyao, Se-ping, Panghai, and in Hosi area. 17 P-47's knock out a bridge, damage another at Bawgyo and 2 others at Ho-kho. 8 P-47's spt ground forces in Si-U battle sector. 8 others hit supplies and ferry crossing at Tamawngtawn. 472 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and frontline areas.


1/10/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-24's bomb Cap-Saint-Jacques area. 50-plus P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's pound various T/Os throughout Wanling area. 6 P-40's hit T/Os in Muse area.


1/10/45

FEAF

B-24's bomb Grace Park A/F and warehouse area, A-20's and FBs pound trucks, trains, railroad yards, railroads, and highways over wide areas of N and S Luzon, and bomb Vigan and Laoag A/Fs. About 60 P-40's bomb and strafe Galela area. B-25's and P-38's hit Kendari A/F. Other B-25's, A-20's, and FBs, operating in smaller forces, hit numerous shipping and comm tgts, A/Fs, and other tgts throughout the Phil Is.


1/10/45

Thirteenth AF

XIII FC moves from New Guinea to Leyte.


1/10/45

Seventh AF

30 Guam-based B-24's operating in 2 separate formations, bomb A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 2 other Hbs, on armed rcn, hit A/F at Woleai. Iwo Jima A/Fs are hit again on 10/11 Jan by B-24's flying snooper missions from Guam.


1/10/45

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's on an armed photo mission bomb and photograph Kurabu A/F scoring hits on the runway.


1/11/45

Ninth AF

About 120 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's attack comm centers and rail bridges in Belgium and Germany. Ftrs escort bmrs, hit Mayen ammo dump, and patrol areas around Malmedy and NE of Trier.


1/11/45

Twelfth AF

During 10/11 Jan LBs attack T/Os in W Po Valley. Clearing weather during the day enables increase of ftr and FB attacks in Po Valley and in US Fifth Army battle area in the N Apennines. Many ammo and fuel dumps, rail lines, trains, and vehicles are pounded, and an alcohol refinery at Piacenza is severely damaged.


1/11/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather limits operations. P-38's fly rcn and rcn escort missions.


1/11/45

Tenth AF

12 P-47's spt ground forces in Si-U and Namhkam sectors. 3 others strafe trucks between Namkham and Selan. Troop concentrations, vehicles, arty pieces, supply areas, and general enemy movement are pounded by 80-plus FBs. 12 B-26's bomb storage buildings in Lashio area. 609 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


1/11/45

Fourteenth AF

5 B-25's damage bridge at Wan Mai-Lo. 12 FBs hit T/Os NE of Wanling, 7 drop napalm on T/Os NE of Muse, and 11 attack T/Os SE of Wanting and in E end of Wanting R valley.


1/11/45

FEAF

Large numbers of B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs concentrate on comm tgts throughout N Luzon and attack A/Fs, comm, and town areas in S Luzon, C Phil, and on Mindanao. B-25's and P-38's attack Kendari A/F.


1/11/45

Twentieth AF

25 B-29's out of Calcutta bomb 2 large drydocks at Singapore. Around 15 others bomb Penang I, Mergui, and various T/Os.


1/11/45

Seventh AF

23 B-24's from Saipan pound A/Fs on Iwo Jima. Bombing of Iwo Jima is continued during 11/12 Jan by 3 HBs flying individual snooper strikes from the Marianas.


1/11/45

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's on an armed rcn to Suribachi bomb NW of Taro Lake. 5 B-25's hit Kotani Shima.


1/12/45

Ninth AF

All combat operations are canceled because of weather.


1/12/45

Twelfth AF

319th Bomb Gp and a serv gp, relieved of assignment to the Twelfth AF, return to US. These are the first Twelfth AF gps to return directly to ZI from the theater of operations. Weather severely curtails operations, but ftrs and FBs of XXII TAC score successfully against comm tgts in W and C Po Valley, claiming over 50 rail cuts and destruction or damage of 100-plus vehicles.


1/12/45

Fifteenth AF

For fourth consecutive day, all bombing operations are cancelled by bad weather. P-38's fly photo and weather rcn and escort missions.


1/12/45

Tenth AF

16 FBs spt ground forces in battle sectors at Si-U and at Lawa on the Irrawaddy. More than 70 FBs hit troops, supplies, vehicles, and general enemy movement at Namsa-lap, Longmao, Hsaihkao, Mangpu, Pangnim, and near Lashio, Hsipaw, and Hsenwi. Transports fly 544 sorties, landing men and supplies at forward bases and dropping supplies to troops in battle sectors.


1/12/45

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's again damage bridge at Wan Mai-Lo. 35 FBs pound T/Os around Wanting and Muse.


1/12/45

FEAF

B-24's bomb San Jose del Monte area and bivouac areas in N Luzon. Other B-24's hit Legaspi, Batangas and Matina A/Fs while B-25's bomb Fabrica warehouses.


1/12/45

Seventh AF

28 Guam-based B-24's bomb A/Fs at Iwo Jima. 3 HBs, on armed rcn from Saipan, bomb Marcus. Iwo Jima is hit by snooper strikes during 12/13 Jan by 4 B-24's from the Marianas.


1/13/45

Eighth AF

900-plus HBs bomb 7 Rhine bridges, 3 M/Ys, a rail junction, and T/Os in battle zone. 7 ftr gps fly close escort while 5 gps fly area spt. 1 P-51 gp bombs M/Y.


1/13/45

Ninth AF

95 9th Bomb Div bmrs strike road and rail bridges at Dasburg, Steinebruck, and Simmern to disrupt enemy movements. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, Eighth AF, and RAF bmrs, fly armed rcn and patrols, and bomb and strafe numerous ground tgts. IX TAC supports US VII Corps near Houffalize, XIX TAC supports US III, VIII, XII, and XX Corps elements in Saint-Hubert-BastogneWiltz areas and points E and S near Clerf and Mosel Rivers.


1/13/45

Twelfth AF

Bad weather prohibits all but weather rcn and a scramble mission, all uneventful.


1/13/45

Fifteenth AF

For fifth successive day no bombing operations are flown. Weather permits only rcn and escort missions.


1/13/45

Tenth AF

10 FBs hit Aungban A/F while 4 others spt ground forces along the Irrawaddy at Molo. 20-plus FBs hit horses and vehicles at Hsaihkao, buildings at Man Ping, and troops at Mankang and Man Sang. Transports fly 556 sorties to forward areas.


1/13/45

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's blast 6 storage buildings at Kengtung. 3 others damage bridge at Hawng Luk. 31 P-51's, P-38's, and P-40's hit T/Os in Wanting area. 16 P-51's hit T/Os around Shanhsien, Chiatsochen, and Chaling.


1/13/45

FEAF

B-24's over Luzon hit Tarlac barracks and storage area, Batangas A/F, and troop concentrations at San Juan, Del Monte, Muzon, and San Vicente. P-47's fly sweep from Laguna de Bay to Tarlac, destroying parked airplanes and vehicles. A-20's hit town of Batangas and nearby railroads and highways, and bomb Lucena and Calingatan A/Fs. Also the N Luzon area is hit throughout the day by small raids.


1/13/45

Seventh AF

14 Saipan-based B-24's hit Iwo Jima A/F. 2 HBs from Guam and Saipan, again raid the A/Fs on 13/14 Jan.


1/14/45

Eighth AF

Over 650 HBs attack 4 oil tgts, 2 steel mills and benzol plant W of Berlin, plus M/Y, Wangerooge I, and T/Os. 150-plus other HBs bomb 3 bridges in Cologne area. 15 escorting ftr gps battle about 250 ftrs, claiming about 100 kills. 4 gps on ftr sweeps engage over 150 ftrs, claiming over 40 destroyed.


1/14/45

Ninth AF

280-plus MBs and LBs strike bridges and comm centers in base area of Ardennes salient and in other areas of W Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div and Eighth AF HBs, fly armed rcn and patrols, attack numerous ground tgts, and spt US First Army in Vielsalm area and US Third Army around Diekirch.


1/14/45

Twelfth AF

Weather again cancels all combat missions.


1/14/45

Fifteenth AF

For sixth consecutive day bad weather permits only rcn missions.


1/14/45

Tenth AF

12 B-25's hit troops, stores area, and knock out 3 bridges near Nampawng and Hay-ti. 26 FBs spt ground forces at Si-U and at Mabein. 60-plus FBs pound supply areas, troop concentrations, and general T/Os at or near Hsenwi, Se-u, Kongnyaung, Kutkai, Mongmit, Manai, and Kawnghka. Transports fly 487 sorties to forward areas.


1/14/45

Fourteenth AF

27 B-24's, supported by 45 P-51's and P-40's, pound Hankow. 8 enemy airplanes are claimed destroyed. 7 B-25's hit tgts at and W of Kengtung. 42 P-47's, P-40's, and P-51's attack A/Fs at Wuchang and Hankow. 17 Japanese airplanes are claimed destroyed. 21 P-40's and P-51's hit T/Os in Wanting area. 5 P-51's blast trucks and buildings at Shanhsien. 8 others attack shipping on the Yangtze near Anking.


1/14/45

FEAF

B-25's pound Aparri A/F while supporting P-51's destroy several parked aircraft. A-20's bomb Clark Field destroying numerous parked airplanes, while B-24's hit troop concentrations at Cabanatuan. B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs over wide areas of Luzon hit tanks, trucks, and other vehicles near Norzagaray, Masbate, Tartaro, Bulac, Banglos, and San Felipe; bomb bridge N of Bocaue; hit A/Fs at Tuguegarao, Malabang, Batangas, and Silay; bomb Cotabato supply area; and attack numerous other tgts. B-25's bomb Goeroea area.


1/14/45

Twentieth AF

54 B-29's, out of Chengtu, bomb air installations at Kagi while 1 VHB bombs Heito. 22 others hit alternates and T/Os at several points, among them Taichu A/F and Hengyang. 40 B-29's from the Marianas bomb Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya. Over 20 others hit alternates and T/Os.


1/14/45

Seventh AF

22 B-24's from Saipan and 21 from Guam bomb A/Fs on Moen. 9 P-38's escort the Saipanbased HBs. 12 B-24's from Guam pound A/F on Iwo Jima. 2 B-24's from the Marianas fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima A/Fs during 14/15 Jan.


1/15/45

Eighth AF

600-plus HBs, escorted by Mrs from 10 gps, bomb 4 M/Ys at Ingolstadt, Freiburg, Reutlingen, and Augsburg, and several other tgts in SW Germany. 3 ftr gps fly sweeps and strafe ground tgts while 3 gps of FBs bomb M/Ys, roads and rail tgts.


1/15/45

Ninth AF

16 9th Bomb Div bmrs hit Simmern bridge to help thwart movement in Trier area. XIX TAC escorts MBs, flies armed rcn and patrols, and supports US III and VIII Corps in Houffalize-Bastogne-Wiltz areas.


1/15/45

Twelfth AF

Operations resume as weather clears. MBs concentrate on Brenner rail line, flying nearly 150 sorties against bridges at San Michele all'Adige, Rovereto, Ala, Lavis, Santa Margherita d'Adige, and Motta di Livenza. XXII TAC attacks comm in Po Valley and further N, destroying or damaging several bridges and a very large number of railway cars (most of them at Como M/Y). During 14/15 Jan LBs hit tgts in Po Valley, including Po crossings at Borgoforte, Piacenza, and San Benedetto Po.


1/15/45

Fifteenth AF

400-plus B-24's and B-17's escorted by 270-plus P-38's and P-51's, bomb M/Ys and other railroad comm in NE and SE Vienna and M/Y at Treviso.


1/15/45

Tenth AF

12 B-24's bomb troop concentration and supply area at Mong Ngaw. 6 FBs damage bridge at Namhkai. 11 spt ground forces along the Irrawaddy, bombing Mabein, hitting cable crossing at Myitson, and attacking ferry landing on Nampaw R, a tributary. Troops, supplies, tanks and T/Os are attacked at several points in N Burma including Mong Tat, Mong Yok and Mong Pa. Transports fly 527 sorties to forward areas. Gens Wedeymeyer, Stratemeyer, and Sultan confer at Myitkyina and agree that an AAF HQ to cmd US Tenth and Fourteenth AFs should be set up in China.


1/15/45

Fourteenth AF

18 B-26's, supported by 20 P-51's and P-40's, attack Hankow. Others hit Wan Pa-Hsa town area and damage nearby bridge, attack shipping near Amoy, and hit T/Os in Siang-Chiang and Hsiang Valleys and from Hong Kong to Foochow. 130-plus P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack numerous T/Os throughout S China from Burma border to SE coast.


1/15/45

FEAF

B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs attack objectives on Luzon, in C Phil, and on Palawan, hitting highways, railroads, A/Fs and numerous T/Os including tanks, trucks, and other vehicles. B-24's also bomb Jesselton A/Fs.


1/15/45

Seventh AF

12 B-24's from Saipan hit A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 2 HBs, operating singly from Guam and Saipan, strike Iwo Jima A/Fs during 15/16 Jan.


1/16/45

Eighth AF

Over 550 HBs, supported by 13 ftr gps, bomb 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 aircraft engine plants, 2 M/Ys, a tank factory and several T/Os in C Germany. Due to heavy fog a large percentage of the HBs are diverted to various landing fields in UK and on Continent.


1/16/45

Ninth AF

311 A-20's, A-26's, and B-26's hit road and rail bridges, comm centers, motor transport repair center, and other tgts in Germany. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div and Eighth AF HBs, fly armed rcn and defensive patrols, and spt US First Army elements along battleline NE of Houffalize, and III Corps along battleline SE of Houffalize.


1/16/45

Twelfth AF

During 15/16 Jan A-20's exploit a break in the bad weather and blast motor transport around Genoa and NE of Milan. During the day bad weather returns, grounding MBs and limiting FBs to 16 completed sorties against comm in Po Valley and NE Italy.


1/16/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather restricts operations to rcn and rcn escort missions by 30 P-38's.


1/16/45

Tenth AF

12 B-25's attack troop concentration and supply dump at Namtoi. 15 P-47's spt ground forces near Yenya-u and S of Shadaw. 22 bomb A/Fs at Anisakan and Nawnghkio. Troop concentration, supplies, town areas, vehicles, and other tgts are attacked by 40-plus FBs. Transports fly 550 sorties to forward areas.


1/16/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's and 8 P-40's destroy train N of Hankow. 8 B-25's pound Wanting. 180-plus P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn over vast expanses of China S of the Yangtze and from Burma border to S China Sea attack numerous T/Os. Wanting, Muse, and Changsha areas are hit especially hard.


1/16/45

FEAF

In the day's principal strikes B-24's, A-20's, and FBs pound Japanese concentrations, trains, trucks, and T/Os on Luzon. Other B-24's hit A/Fs in N Borneo and Halmahera I. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs on small raids, armed rcn, and harassing strikes hit Negros A/Fs and A/Fs, comm tgts, trains, trucks, and other T/Os throughout Luzon.


1/16/45

Twentieth AF

313th Bomb Wg (VH) flies shakedown mission. 32 of 44 B-29's bomb A/F on Pagan I.


1/16/45

Seventh AF

10 B-24's from Guam bomb A/F on Iwo Jima. 12 P-38's from Saipan assigned to high cover for the HB strike fail to make contact with the formation due to bad weather. 3 of the ftrs strafe beached vessels. 3 B-24's fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima A/Fs during 16/17 Jan.


1/17/45

Eighth AF

650-plus HBs, supported by 8 ftr gps in close escort and 3 more in area sweeps, bomb 3 oil refineries, 2 viaducts, a M/Y, a U-boat yard, an A/F, and T/Os in NW Germany. The ftrs strafe rail tgt.


1/17/45

Ninth AF

Weather cancels all bmr operations and limits ftrs. XIX TAC flies night patrol while IX TAC flies leaflet mission and patrols XIX Corps area around Hurtgen Forest.


1/17/45

Twelfth AF

MBs, taking advantage of improved weather conditions, attack 6 rail tgts on Brenner rail line, blocking line at Calliano, cutting tracks at Ora, and destroying a section of bridge at Sacile. In NE Italy ftrs and FBs concentrate large effort on rail lines and bridges, destroying 4 and damaging another, cutting tracks at numerous points, and blasting vehicles and trains.


1/17/45

Fifteenth AF

Continued bad weather cancels all operations.


1/17/45

Tenth AF

4 B-25's demolish 2 bypass bridges at Ho-hko. 8 pound village of Mansam. 20 P-47's spt ground forces along the Irrawaddy, hitting tgts at Konkha, Onbaing, and Wabyudaung. Troop concentrations and supplies are bombed by 75 FBs at Nawngchio, No-na, Man Hpa-yaw, Man Namket, Nanhu, Panghai, Mong Nge, and Ho-Pok. Transports fly 489 sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.


1/17/45

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's bomb town area, river shipping, and trucks at Ishan. 3 B-25's and 8 P-40's pound sampans and storage areas W of Hengshan while 2 B-25's hit oil dump and other T/Os in Hsiang Valley and another blasts troop compound at Chaling. 4 B-25's damage bridge at Phu Lang Thuong. 180-plus P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's hit large number of T/Os from Burma border to Shanghai, concentrating on Wanling area and A/Fs in Shanghai, Wuchou and Wuchang areas.


1/17/45

FEAF

In principal strikes of the day B-24's bomb railroad yards at Legaspi while B-25's hit roads and railways E of Manila, destroying many railroad cars and troop-laden trucks. Other B-24's pound Daliao area on Mindanao and Talisay A/F. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs continue to fly small strikes and armed rcn against bridges, shipping, port areas, A/Fs, trucks, and other T/Os throughout Luzon and at C Phil Is.


1/17/45

Twentieth AF

Nearly 80 B-29's, out of Chengtu, bomb A/F at Shinchiku. 8 other VHBs hit alternates and T/Os in SE China.


1/17/45

Seventh AF

14 B-24's from Saipan pound A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 3 from Guam, on armed rcn flight, bomb Marcus. 2 B-24's, from Guam and Saipan, fly individual harassment strikes against Iwo Jima during 17/ 18 Jan.


1/18/45

Eighth AF

Over 100 B-17's supported by 3 ftr gps bomb Kaiserslautern M/Y. Most of the HBs are diverted, after bombing, to bases on Continent because of heavy clouds.


1/18/45

Ninth AF

IX TAC returns to operational control of Ninth AF (from Second Tac AF) as US First Army returns from 21st Army Gp to 12th Army Gp. IX TAC HQ (Rear) returns to Verviers from Charleroi. Weather prevents all Ninth AF operations except for alert flights by 11 ftrs of IX and XXIX TACs.


1/18/45

Twelfth AF

During 17/18 Jan A-20's attack Po R crossings, lights and movement throughout Po Valley. During the day MBs pound tgts on the Brenner line, including temporary bridge between San Michele all'Adige and Ora, and overhanging cliff over railroad at San Ambrogio di Valpolicella. Ftrs and FBs blast comm lines in NE Italy and fuel and supply dumps in Piacenza area, destroying numerous railroad tracks, trains, and vehicles, and causing explosions or fires in most of the dumps.


1/18/45

Fifteenth AF

Weather prevents bombing operations. P-38's and P-51's fly photo rcn and escort missions.


1/18/45

Tenth AF

23 P-47's and P-38's hit Anisakan and Hsumhsai A/Fs. 12 B-25's bomb A/F at Nawnghkio. 20-plus P-47's spt ground forces at Si-U and near Yenya-u and Mahlainggon. Troops, supplies, and general T/Os are attacked at Antawsai, Mong Nak, Namhpakka, Mong Yok, Loi-pyek, Kyawnghkam, Pangnok, and in Namtu vicinity. 529 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.


1/18/45

Fourteenth AF

29 B-24's bomb Hong Kong. 7 B-25's bomb Ishan and Chinchengchiang, 4 B-25's and 12 P-40's hit shipping in Puchi area, 4 B-25's bomb town of Wanting, and 2 hit troop compounds at Chaling. 11 B-25's and 12 FBs attack Phu Lang Thuong. 25 P-40's pound shipping and railroad tgts at Hong Kong. About 140 P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn over S China from Burma boundary to Hong Kong attack a huge variety of T/Os.


1/18/45

FEAF

B-25's blast Cotabato area. B-24's bomb tgts in Miti area, B-25's hit troop concentrations at Bamban, A-20's hit warehouses and highway traffic N of Bataan, and P-38's strafe parked airplanes at Tuguegarao and vehicles at Enrile, Calarian, and Butigui. A variety of FEAF aircraft fly small-scale raids and armed rcn missions against road and rail tgts, bridges, A/Fs, and numerous T/Os throughout the Phil Is.


1/18/45

Seventh AF

19 Saipan-based B-24's bomb tgts on Chichi Jima and Haha Jima, damaging naval base and town of Okimura. 10 B-24's from Guam pound A/F on Iwo Jima. 3 B-24's during 18/19 Jan continue snooper strikes against Iwo Jima A/Fs.


1/18/45

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's fly unsuccessful rcn to Kurabu A/F. One of the B-24's force-lands in USSR on return trip.


1/19/45

Ninth AF

Bad weather cancels bmr operations. Ftrs fly patrols and armed rcn. XIX TAC also supports elements of US III and VIII Corps NE of Houffalize and around Clervaux, and 5th Inf Div around Bettendorf.


1/19/45

Twelfth AF

During 18/19 Jan A-20's bomb motor transport movements, lights, roads, and railroads throughout Po Valley. Weather cancels MB operations and prevents FBs from completing XXII TAC's only mission airborne during the day.


1/19/45

Fifteenth AF

Over 400 HBs attack N and S M/Ys, a railroad bridge, and a highway bridge at Brod. Because of overcast, only 1 of 112 HBs sent against Zagreb M/Y bombs tgt while others abort. 46 P-38's bomb S railroad bridge at Doboj and 59 P-51's sweep from Zagreb to Gyor. Other P-38's fly rcn missions and rcn escort and cover MATAF B-25's on supply run.


1/19/45

Tenth AF

9 B-25's bomb troops and stores at Na-mon and near Hsenwi. 28 FBs spt ground forces in Si-U and Namhkam battle sectors and I along the Irrawaddy near Yenya-u, Kyaukpyu, and Myitson. 4 others bomb causeway in lake at Mogok. Troops, supplies, and arty are hit by 80-plus FBs at Tonghsim, Konghsa, Mankang, Mong Pa, Pangkawlong, Saihkao, Man Hio, Man Mao, and other locations in N Burma. Transports complete 500-plus sorties to forward areas.


1/19/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's bomb Mongyu and vicinity, 5 bomb Ishan, 8 hit shipping and rail tgts at Song Cau, and 4 hit shipping, railroad tgts, and bridge at Do Len. About 115 P-51's, P-40's, and P-38's on armed rcn over S China and N Indochina attack a great variety of T/Os covering especially Wanting area.


1/19/45

FEAF

In principal missions of the day, B-24's and B-25's bomb La Carlota and Bacolod A/Fs. A-20's attack shipping at Salomague and Callaguip. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs attack throughout Luzon, hitting A/Fs, vehicles, storage areas, highways, and a variety of other tgts.


1/19/45

Twentieth AF

62 XXI BC B-29's hit Kawasaki aircraft plant at Akashi. 9 others bomb alternates and T/ Os.


1/19/45

Seventh AF

7 B-24's from Saipan bomb harbor installations at Chichi Jima. 9 from Guam hit A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 7 B-24's escort photo planes over the Bonin and Kazan Is and 1 bombs Iwo Jima. During the night 3 B-24's on individual snooper strikes from the Marianas bomb Iwo Jima.


1/19/45

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 flies radarferret mission over Shimushu and Onnekotan. 2 other B-24's hit Matsuwa and Onnekotan.


1/20/45

International

Provisional National Government of Hungary signs armistice in Moscow with US, USSR, and Great Britain.


1/20/45

Eighth AF

Approximately 675 HBs attack 3 M/Ys, a synthetic oil plant, and 2 T/Os in W Germany. 9 ftr gps fly close escort, 2 others fly area patrols in Duren and Frankfurt/Main areas, strafing ground tgts.


1/20/45

Ninth AF

Bmr operations cancelled due to weather. Ftrs fly armed rcn, alerts, and night patrol. IX TAC also supports 7th Armd Div on DutchGerman boundary.


1/20/45

Twelfth AF

MBs destroy 1 and damage another bridge near San Michele all'Adige, and score good coverage on Trento M/Y. XXII TAC FBs very successfully blast comm and fuel and ammo dumps in Po Valley.


1/20/45

Fifteenth AF

The tac organization of Fifteenth AF becomes fully developed when a supply-dropping gp, 15th Special Gp (Prov), organized on 18 Jan, is given control of the 859th (B-24) and 885th (B-17) Bomb Sqs which drop supplies in France, Italy, and Yugoslavia. (In Mar the 15th Gp will be redesignated the 2641st Special Gp (Prov) and with its units attached to Twelfth AF for operational control, the Fifteenth retaining administrative control). 345 B-17's and B-24's attack N and S main M/Ys and station sidings at Linz, M/Ys at Salzburg and Rosenheim, and oil storage at Regensburg. Ftrs escort HBs and fly rcn and rcn escort missions.


1/20/45

Tenth AF

16 FBs spt ground forces along the Irrawaddy near Mabein, Shadaw, and Myitson. 8 others hit ammo dump at Namhkai and supply dump at Kutkai. Also hit are troop concentrations, supply areas and T/Os at Kyaunghkam, Panghung, Kawnglom, Namhsan, Loi-kang, and in Hsenwi area. 482 transport sorties are flown to advanced bases and battle sectors.


1/20/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's hit bridge and railroad cars near Hanoi. 3 B-25's attack T/Os W of Hengshan, 2 hit troop compound and other tgts at Chaling and Anjen, and 1 damages a small freighter in E China Sea. 32 P-51's pound A/Fs in Shanghai area, claiming 22 airplanes destroyed. More than 200 P-40's, P-51's, and P-38's on armed rcn over vast S China and N Indochina areas attack bridges, town areas, rail, road and river trafflc, and other T/Os at numerous points.


1/20/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Fabrica A/F and bomb underground storage area at Bamban. A-20's and B-25's hit railroads and trains near Bicol R and between Calauag and Legaspi. Other A-20's and FBs hit Aparri-Laoag and Tubang A/Fs, hit arty positions W of Bong Bong and destroy railroad bridge at Aloneros.


1/20/45

Twentieth AF

Gen LeMay takes cmd of XXI BC. Gen Ramey officially becomes CG XX BC.


1/20/45

Seventh AF

12 Guam-based B-24's bomb A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 5 from Saipan hit town of Okimura. During 20/21 Jan, 10 HBs from Guam fly separate snooper strikes against Iwo Jima A/Fs.


1/20/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-24's bomb Kataoka area.


1/21/45

Eighth AF

About 750 HBs hit M/Y and tank factory at Aschaffenburg, military vehicle plant, bridge, comm center and M/Y at Mannheim, M/Ys at Heilbronn and Pforzheim, comm center at Arnbach, town of Reutlingen, and 3 T/Os. 9 ftr gps fly close spt and strafe 4 A/Fs plus numerous miscellaneous ground tgts. 1 P-51 gp flies area sweep in spt of HBs and another supports Ninth AF Mbs.


1/21/45

Ninth AF

IX TAC HQ (main) returns to Verviers from Liege. 166 A-26's, A-20's, and B-26's hit rail junction and bridge at Euskirchen and M/Y and defended positions at Mayen. Ftrs fly armed rcn, escort bmrs, bomb bridges, and spt US 7th Armd Div.


1/21/45

Twelfth AF

Weather restricts operations during 21/22 Jan to armd rcn by 5 A-20's. The LBs bomb comm tgts in Po Valley. During day B-25's hit bridges at Rovereto and Lavis, destroy bridge at Pontetidone, and blast railroad fill at San Michele all' Adige, and supply dump at Cremona. Ftrs and FBs concentrate on comm in same area as MBs, destroying 1 bridge, inflicting 36 rail cuts, hitting fuel and ammo dumps, and destroying and damaging many vehicles and much railroad rolling stock, mostly in Milan area.


1/21/45

Fifteenth AF

170 B-17's bomb Lobau and Schwechat oil refineries at Vienna. 131 P-51's and P-38's provide spt. 43 P-38's bomb oil refinery at Fiume. Other ftrs escort rcn missions and accompany supply-dropping operations to Yugoslavia.


1/21/45

Tenth AF

10 B-25's bomb Heho A/F. 12 P-38's bomb bridge area at Nampawng. 26 P-47's spt ground forces near Twinnge, Mahlainggon, and Konkha along the Irrawaddy, and in the Si-U sector. 50-plus P-38's and P-47's hit troop concentrations, supplies, and T/Os at Me-han, Mogok, Hsenwi, Na-makhkaw, Kutkai, Kunhkan, and Man On. Nearly 500 transports sorties are flown to forward areas.


1/21/45

Fourteenth AF

30 B-24's pound Hong Kong area. 12 P-51's hit Nanking A/F (claiming 11 enemy airplanes destroyed) and T/Os along the Yangtze to Hankow. 30 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn hit T/Os at several locations. 12 of the FBs concentrate on Wanting area.


1/21/45

FEAF

B-24's bomb Marikina A/F and hit barracks and coastal def guns at Calabasan. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs fly sweeps, small strikes, and armed rcn attacks on A/Fs, road networks, bridges, gun positions, numerous vehicles, and other T/Os throughout C and S Luzon.


1/21/45

Twentieth AF

30 B-29's, flying out of the Marianas, bomb Moen A/F.


1/21/45

Seventh AF

12 Guam-based B-24's bomb A/Fs on Iwo Jima. During 21/22 Jan, 8 more, flying separate snooper strikes from Saipan, pound the A/Fs.


1/22/45

Eighth AF

Nearly 200 B-17's, supported by 85 ftr sorties, bomb Sterkrade-Holten synthetic oil plant, Rheine M/Y, Dinslaken, Osnabruck, and T/Os. 2 P-51 gps fly area sweeps (1 in escort to Ninth AF Mbs).


1/22/45

Ninth AF

304 B-26's, A-26's, and A-20's bomb M/Y, railhead, and road and rail bridges in Germany with aim of obstructing troop movement. Ftrs escort 9th Bomb Div, fly armed rcn and sweeps and A/F cover, and spt US 7 Armd Div near Montfort, III, VIII, and XII Corps from S of Saint-Vith along battlefront to NW of Echternach, and 4th, 5th, 94th, and 95th Inf Divs from Echternach S to just W of Saarlautern.


1/22/45

Twelfth AF

B-25's score damaging hits at Rovereto, San Michele all' Adige and on Dogna bridge, and attack Chiari and Crema bridges with fair results. FBs range over practically all of N Italy destroying and damaging large number of vehicles and railway cars and several locomotives, also hitting fuel and ammo dumps around Mantua.


1/22/45

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather limits operations to 1 P-38 weather rcn flight.


1/22/45

Tenth AF

46 P-47's spt ground forces near Si-U, Namhkam, and along the Irrawaddy near Twinnge, Bahe, Nam Mit R, Myitson, and Banwe. 12 others hit T/Os along roads near Kutkai, Hsenwi, Lashio, and Namtu. Troop concentrations, fuel and ammo dumps, vehicles, and general supplies are pounded at Kin, Padan, Man Lom, Namtu, Hkamtung, Kabaing, Nammaw-hpek, Panglaw, and Na-hsang. Transports fly 449 sorties to advanced bases and frontline areas.


1/22/45

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn attack various tgts in Wanting area and in SW China. 10 P-51's komb buildings at Kunlong ferry. 14 P-51's and P-40's hit Sintsiang railroad yards and destroy several locomotives and trucks E of Tsinan and Suchow.


1/22/45

FEAF

B-24's, escorted by P-38's, bomb Heito A/F in first major Fifth AF strike on Formosa. Other B-24's bomb barracks in the Cabaruan Hills and gun positions across Manila Bay and hit Fabrica A/F. In smaller miscellaneous strikes, FEAF ftrs and bmrs over C and S Luzon hit enemy positions, small shipping, and highways at several points, and damage bridge over Magata R.


1/22/45

Seventh AF

20 B-24's from Guam blast A/Fs at Iwo Jima, while 8 more B-24's flying individual strikes from Guam pound the A/Fs again during 22/23 Jan.


1/23/45

Eighth AF

150-plus B-17's, escorted by 2 P-51 gps, bomb M/Y and bridge at Neuss. A P-51 Continent-based gp flies uneventful sweep over Neuss area.


1/23/45

Ninth AF

A small B-26 force hits troop concentrations, road bridge, and military transport tgts at Blankenheim, Dasburg, and Arzfeld. Ftrs fly armed rcn, alert flights, and patrols, and spt US III, VIII, and XII Corps and 4th, 94th, and 95th Inf Divs from S of Saint-Vith, S and E along the battleline to just W of Saarlautern.


1/23/45

Twelfth AF

During 22/23 Jan A-20's bomb lights, roads, and river crossings at over 50 locations in Po Valley, hit several T/Os, and attack Borgoforte and San Benedetto Po and A/Fs at Villafranca di Verona and Ghedi. Weather cancels MB operations during the day. FBs operate mainly against comm, principally railroad tgts, in Po Valley but also hit ammo dumps, shipping, guns, vehicles, and other tgts in N Italy scattered from Genoa to NE Italy.


1/23/45

Fifteenth AF

Continued bad weather cancels all operations.


1/23/45

Tenth AF

12 B-25's bomb A/Fs at Aungban and Hsumhsai. 34 P-47's spt ground forces near Namhkam and along the Irrawaddy in the Twinnge and Bahe areas. 55 P-47's and P-38's hit troop concentrations, storage areas and vehicles at Kawngwang, Sati, Kyaukme, Wengnan, Hko-lawng, Lothke, and Panglaw. Transports fly 542 sorties, carrying men and supplies to advanced bases and drop supplies to troops in frontline areas.


1/23/45

Fourteenth AF

40 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn attack T/Os (mainly river, road, and rail traffic) at several locations in both S China and in N China plain, including WantingSuchow and Yuankiang areas, lower Tungting Lake region, points between Kiaotow and Kweiyi, and points as far N as Peking.


1/23/45

FEAF

On 22/23 Jan B-24's again hit Formosa in force, bombing aluminum factory at Takao. In the day's principal missions, B-24's bomb Baguio and, along with A-20's, hit Corregidor I. Other A-20's attack Aparri A/F while FBs hit bridge at Digdig, luggers S of Alcala, guns on Grande I, bridge over Magata R, and base at Camp John Hay. B-24s hit Silay A/F.


1/23/45

Twentieth AF

28 B-29's of XXI BC bomb Mitsubishi engine plant at Nagoya. 27 hit secondary tgt, the urban area of the city. 9 bomb other alternates and T/Os. An estimated 600-plus ftrs offer heavy and aggressive opposition but down only 1 VHB. US gunners claim 32 ftrs downed.


1/23/45

Seventh AF

12 B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima A/Fs. 3 from Guam fly armed rcn over Woleai, 2 of them bombing the main runway on the island. During 23/24 Jan, 10 B-24's from Saipan strike Iwo Jima singly at about 45-min intervals.


1/23/45

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 flies rcn sortie along Onnekotan-Matsuwa E coasts. 4 B-24's strike Kakumabetsu cannery and tgts on Paramushiru. 810 ftrs intercept and the B-24's claim 2 victories. 1 B-24 is lost.


1/24/45

Eighth AF

2 P-51 gps fly sweeps over Wahn A/F-Dorweiler area and Karlsruhe-Koblenz area, claiming 3 ftrs downed.


1/24/45

Ninth AF

25 9th Bomb Div bmrs hit comm centers at Schleiden, Stadtkyll, and Pronsfeld. Ftrs fly armed rcn, sweeps, A/F cover, and bomb 1 bridge. XIX TAC supports US III, VIII, XII, and XX Corps elements along battlefront at several points from SW of Saint-Vith to Saarlautern area.


1/24/45

Twelfth AF

Cloud conditions and ground fog at bases nearby halt operations. 1 MB flies weather rcn over Venice area and P-47's fly weather rcn over Bologna-Parma area. 2 of the P-47's destroy a truck and damage a train near Parma.


1/24/45

Fifteenth AF

Unfavorable weather limits operations to 1 complete weather rcn mission.


1/24/45

Tenth AF

12 B-25's bomb Hsumhsai A/F. 17 P-47's spt ground forces at Padin near Namhkam, and along the Irrawaddy in Bahe area. 6 P-47's knock out Inailong bypass bridge. Troop concentrations and supply areas are attacked at Nawngang, Pangsan, Mansak, Konsan, Yaunggwin, Mangkung, Nawngngun, Mong Long, Mogok, Namhsan, and in Mongmit area. Transports again fly over 500 sorties to forward areas.


1/24/45

Fourteenth AF

12 P-51's on armed rcn attack railroad tgts N of Siangsiang, between Loyang and Kaifeng, and near Tungchen. 21 locomotives are claimed destroyed.


1/24/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Corregidor, Cavite, Canacao peninsula seaplane base, and Grande I. FEAF ftrs and bmrs on sweeps, armed rcn, and light raids attack a variety of tgts all over Luzon including small shipping, A/Fs, def positions, storage and town areas, roads, and vehicles. During 24/25 Jan, B-24's on snooper mission again hit Takao A/F.


1/24/45

Twentieth AF

20 B-29's of 313th Bomb Wg hit 2 A/Fs on Iwo Jima.


1/24/45

Seventh AF

33 B-24's, from Guam and Saipan, pound Iwo Jima during 4 raids. 6 others act as airborne spotters for naval bombardment of Iwo. During 5 hrs of 24/25 Jan, 10 HBs maintain harassment strikes against the island's A/Fs.


1/24/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-25's on a low-level attack on Torishima abort due to mechanical trouble. 4 more B-25's bomb buildings on Torishima. AA fire damages 2 B-25's. 6 ftrs take off after radar reports an unidentified tgt SE of Attu. They spot a balloon which they shoot down with tracers.


1/25/45

US

Gen Stilwell is assigned cmdr of Army Ground Forces.


1/25/45

Eighth AF

2 ftr gps sweep over wide areas of SW Germany, claiming 2 ftrs downed NE of Mannheim and E of Kirrlach.


1/25/45

Ninth AF

170 MBs and LBs hit comm centers and railroad bridges, overpasses, and lines in W Germany with aim of harassing and obstructing troop movement. Ftrs of the 3 TACs fly armed rcn, alerts and night patrols, escort bmrs, and attack numerous ground tgts. XIX TAC supports US 5th Inf Div in Echternach area.


1/25/45

Twelfth AF

During 24/25 Jan A-20's make several intruder attacks on roads, motor transport, bridges, and trains. Bad weather during the day greatly curtails flying. The only MB mission dispatched achieves poor results on Cremona ammo dump. FBs and ftrs of XXII TAC hit comm and dump areas, mainly in Milan area, with good general success.


1/25/45

Fifteenth AF

Weather curtails operations. P-38's fly photo and weather rcn. P-51's escort the photo rcn missions.


1/25/45

Tenth AF

24 P-47's spt ground forces in Namhkam area, near Molo, and near Myitson. 12 B-25's pound A/F at Heho. 80-plus FBs attack troops, supplies, and T/Os at Hsenwi, Loi-weng, Ho hpong, Loi Nan, Tingyet, Mong Tat, Ho-mong, Mong Long, Pangkwai, and in Kutkai area. Transports fly 581 sorties to forward areas.


1/25/45

Fourteenth AF

21 P-51's hit rail tgts and A/Fs in Peking area, claiming 4 locomotives and 40 aircraft destroyed. 16 P-40's and P-51's attack railroad tgts around Kaifeng, Shihkiachwang, Pengpu, and Chingmen. 42 locomotives are claimed destroyed.


1/25/45

FEAF

B-24's, operating in force, again pound Corregidor I. B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs on sweeps, armed rcn, and small-scale strikes hit vehicles, enemy positions, A/Fs, ammo and supply dumps, barges, comm, and T/Os in general, over wide areas of Luzon, Palawan, and in C Phil Is. During 25/26 Jan B-24's fly harassing raid on Takao.


1/25/45

Seventh AF

14 Saipan-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima in the afternoon. During 25/26 Jan, 10 more, flying individual harassment strikes at intervals, pound the island.


1/26/45

Eighth AF

1 P-51 gp, based on Continent, flies uneventful ftr sweeps over Heilbronn, Aschaffenburg, Giessen, and Trier areas.


1/26/45

Ninth AF

27 B-26's bomb Euskirchen rail bridge to interdict rail trafflc SW from Euskirchen, much of which comes from Cologne and Bonn. The 3 TACs fly armed rcn, alert flights, and patrols. XIX TAC supports US Third Army elements from S of Saint-Vith to W of Saarlautern.


1/26/45

Twelfth AF

During 25/26 Jan A-20's fly armed rcn of Po Valley, bombing Po R crossings, Ghedi A/F, and general movement throughout the area. Both 57th Bomb Wg and XXII TAC cancel all operations for the day because of bad weather.


1/26/45

Fifteenth AF

Weather prevents bombing operations. P-38's fly rcn and rcn-escort missions and escort RAF supply drop over Yugoslavia.


1/26/45

Tenth AF

8 FBs spt ground forces in Namhkam area. 140-plus FBs hit troops, supplies, guns, railroad tgts, and T/Os at Tangtong, Panghai, Man Pwe, Kyaunghkam, Mong Pa, Nalang, Hsenwi, Molo, Mong Tat, Humon, Tonghkan, Pangnim, Konghsa, Namtu, Namhsan, and in Nampok area. Transports fly more than 500 sorties to advanced bases and frontline areas.


1/26/45

Fourteenth AF

15 P-51's and P-40's hit Chenghsien A/F and locomotives, tracks, and motor transport at Nanking and Sinsiang.


1/26/45

FEAF

B-24's hit coastal guns on Corregidor and in Balete Pass. B-25's bomb Cabcaben A/F area and coastal guns on Carabao I and A-20's attack Grande I coastal defenses. B-26's bomb Likanan and Sasa. P-38's strafe same tgts and also hit Padada. A-20's and FBs, along with a few B-24's, continue armed rcn and miscellaneous attacks against A/Fs, comm, vehicles, coastal guns, town areas, and other tgts throughout Luzon and in C Phils.


1/26/45

Twentieth AF

During 25/26 Jan, 70-plus B-29's of XX BC mine the 6 approaches to Singapore harbor and at Saigon, Camranh Bay, Pakchan R, Penang harbor, Koh Si Chang Channel, and Phan Rang Bay.


1/26/45

Seventh AF

17 Guam-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima A/Fs. During 26/27 Jan the A/Fs are hit by 9 B-24's on individual harassment missions.


1/27/45

Ninth AF

Weather grounds 9th Bomb Div and XIX TAC. IX and XXIX TACs fly armed rcn over battle area and parts of W Germany, along with alert flights and leaflet mission.


1/27/45

Twelfth AF

Bad weather during morning causes all MBs to abort except for an attack on bridge at Bressana Bottarone. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs continue interdiction of comm with good results against motor transport, trains, rail lines, bridges, and storage dumps. P-47's of 57th Ftr Gp destroy oil plant near Fornovo di Taro.


1/27/45

Fifteenth AF

For sixth consecutive day bad weather restricts operations to rcn and escort missions.


1/27/45

Tenth AF

30-plus FBs spt ground forces at Man Sak, Molo Ywama, area S of Molo, and area S of Banwe. 8 others knock out bypass bridge at Bawgyo. About 100 FBs hit troop concentrations, supplies, and T/Os at or near Man Kyan, Kuinkuiloi, Hohkun, Pongalau, Hsenwi, Kutkai, Hsatong, Ping hoi, Ho-mong, Padon, and Kyaunghen. Transports fly 527 sorties to advanced bases and over forward areas, landing men and landing and dropping supplies.


1/27/45

Fourteenth AF

22 P-40's and P-51's attack locomotives, trucks, and shipping at Sinsiang, Kihsien, and Nanking, from Taiyuan to Puchou, and E of Yiyang.


1/27/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Canacao seaplane base, Cavite, and Grande I while B-25's hit Cabcaben and A/F at Calingatan. Other FEAF aircraft continue small-scale strikes against numerous other A/Fs, town areas, gun emplacements, harbors, and comm and transportation tgts throughout Luzon.


1/27/45

Twentieth AF

By this date the complete forward dets of the 4 B-29 gps in the Chengtu area have evacuated their bases and moved to more permanent bases in India. This move complies with JCS directive formulated on 16 Dec 44 and received on 18 Dec. The long-existing understanding that XX BC might be moved from CBI when more convenient bases are available is thus put into its initial stage when XX BC's CG, Gen LeMay, and JCS agree that on logistical grounds XX BC's operating scheme is basically unsound, a situation made more apparent when in Nov the Japanese had overrun Luchou and Yungning and threatened Kunming. This development necessitated air tonnage flown over the Hump being diverted to Chinese ground forces and Fourteenth AF, resulting in curtailed supplies to XX BC and providing the catalyst for beginning movement of the cmd from China. 22 XX BC B-29's based in India hit navy yard and arsenal at Saigon. 1 bombs bridge at Bangkok. Results are poor. 76 B-29's of 73d Bomb Wg are airborne from the Marianas against Musashiho and Nakajima aircraft plants near Tokyo. Clouds and high winds over tgt area prevent bombing of the primary. 56 VHBs bomb secondary tgt of Tokyo urban area and 6 others attack alternates and T/Os. Ftr opposition is the heaviest to date and 5 B-29's are downed. 4 others ditch or crash-land. B-29 gunners claim 60 ftr kills, the highest VHB claim to date.


1/27/45

Seventh AF

19 B-24's, based at Saipan, bomb Iwo Jima. 10 HBs from Saipan and Guam follow up with individual harassment raids against the island during 27/28 Jan. 1 B-24 from Angaur bombs Arakabesan.


1/28/45

Eighth AF

Nearly 900 HBs attack 2 benzol plants, 3 M/Ys, 3 bridges, 4 city areas, and T/Os in W Germany. 5 P-51 gps fly escort. 1 gp escorts MBs of Ninth AF.


1/28/45

Ninth AF

95 9th Bomb Div bmrs hit comm center at Mayen, rail bridges and overpass at Eller, Sinzig, Remagen, and Kaiserslautern, T/Os in W Germany, and fly cover for US First Army forces on frontline in Monschau-Butgenbach area.


1/28/45

Twelfth AF

Weather again hampers operations. B-25's have good results on railroad bridges at Lavis and San Michele all'Adige. XXII TAC aircraft operate effectively against comm and transport tgts throughout N Italy including at Milan, Pavia, Cremona, Nervesa della Battaglia, Treviso, Genoa, Padua, and Lake Maggiore areas.


1/28/45

Fifteenth AF

Continued bad weather (seventh successive day) restricts operations to 3 weather rcn flights.


1/28/45

Tenth AF

40 FBs spt ground forces SE of Banwe, E of Molo, S of Molo Ywama, and near Namhkam. 80 FBs hit troop concentrations, supply areas, and enemy movement and active areas at or near Namsangsok, Namlan, Pangmakmo, Wengnan, Kutkai, and Mu-lwat. Again well over 500 sorties are flown to forward areas by transports. First convoy from Ledo crosses Chinese border heading for Kunming.


1/28/45

Fourteenth AF

23 P-40's and P-51's attack railway and river trafflc at Wuhu, Sinyang, and Linfen, in Sinsiang-Hantan area, between Loyang and Sinyang, and along Pinghan railroad.


1/28/45

FEAF

B-24's, B-25's, A-20's and FBs concentrate attacks on Luzon, heaviest tonnage (from B-24's) falling on Corregidor. Cavite and tgts between Manila and Subic Bay, including Laoag A/F, are also hit. A-20's concentrate on tgts in AparriGattaran area while FBs and A-20's hit A/Fs in Cagayan Valley and troops, trucks, and roads in San Felipe and Talavera areas.


1/28/45

Seventh AF

10 B-24's from Guam and 10 from Saipan bomb A/Fs on Iwo Jima. 10 more follow during 28/29 Jan with single-bmr harassment raids on the A/Fs. 2 B-24's from Angaur bomb Arakabesan.


1/29/45

Eighth AF

1000-plus HBs bomb 7 M/Ys, 2 rail centers, 2 viaducts, a city area, military vehicle and aircraft factories, and T/Os in W Germany. 14 ftr gps fly spt and strafe ground tgts.


1/29/45

Ninth AF

364 A-20's, B-26's, and A-26's bomb rail bridges, supply and comm centers, and defended areas in W Germany. Ftrs escort the bmrs, fly armed rcn and patrols and spt US Third Army units at points along frontlines from S of Saint-Vith to bridgehead area around Saarlautern.


1/29/45

Twelfth AF

Gen Barcus becomes CG XII TAC. Due to high winds and generally bad weather, MBs successfully bomb only 2 tgts, the railway bridges at Calliano and Rovereto, and attack with less success bridges at Motta di Livenza, Lavis, Mantua, and Chiusaforte, and railway station at Lavis. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs operate primarily against comm throughout Po Valley. Results are generally good and bridge at Nervesa della Battaglia is cut. Bridges or their approaches at Cittadella, Santa Margherita d'Adige and Cismon del Grappa are damaged along with a variety of tgts. During 28/29 Jan intruder LBs hit rail facilities, pontoon bridge, lights, and motor transport at nearly 50 locations in Po Valley.


1/29/45

Fifteenth AF

Weather prevents bombing operations for eighth consecutive day. P-38's fly photo and weather rcn missions.


1/29/45

Tenth AF

13 B-25's knock out road bridges at Loi-leng and Tonglau and hit several nearby T/Os. 26 P-47's hit troop positions in Namhkai area. 11 P-38's and 16 P-47's attack A/Fs at Aungban and Heho. 8 P-47's spt ground forces near Banwe. 70 P-47's and P-38's pound troop concentrations and supplies at Panglong, Tangyan, Wengnan, Homang, Mong Long, Namtu, Mongyin, Mong Yang, and Namhsam. Largescale transport operations continue.


1/29/45

Fourteenth AF

Pailochi A/F, river and road shipping, troops, gun positions, buildings, and other T/Os are attacked at Kweiyi, Hankow, Sinyang and Chihkiang, between Hengshan and Siangtan, between Wuhu and Anking, N of Hengyang, and E and S of Yutze.


1/29/45

FEAF

Heavy B-24 daylight raids concentrate on Heito A/F area and Corregidor while B-25's bomb nearby Cabcaben. FBs and A-20's hit T/Os from Aparri to Echague. Further S ftrs hit gun positions in the Batangas and Verde Is areas. A-20's spt ground forces inland from Lingayen by hitting Carranglen road net. Others hit Talavera and Carabao I.


1/29/45

Twentieth AF

About 30 Marianasbased B-29's strike at 2 A/Fs on Iwo Jima.


1/29/45

Seventh AF

19 Guam-based B-24's bomb Iwo Jima A/Fs. 2 from Saipan, on armed rcn flight, bomb Marcus. 1 B-24 from Angaur bombs Arakabesan. During 29/30 Jan, 5 HBs from Saipan continue harassment raids on Iwo Jima A/Fs.


1/30/45

International

Preliminary part of Malta-Yalta conferences begin at Malta.


1/30/45

Ninth AF

Weather cancels bmr operations. Ftrs fly nightfighter and intruder rcn missions. Ftr cover for US 5th Armd Div W of Gemund is recalled during the day.


1/30/45

Twelfth AF

Good weather in Po Valley permits full-scale operations against comm lines. During 29/30 Jan intruding A-20's pound scattered movement (much of it near Milan), several Po R crossings including at Borgoforte, Piacenza, and San Benedetto Po, harbor at La Spezia, and fuel dumps and other tgts at many locations. B-25's effectively strike Brenner rail line during the day, especially Lavis and Trento M/Ys and bridges at Lavis and Calliano. XXII TAC ftrs and FBs strike railroads and bridges in NE Italy cutting many lines and damaging several bridges, and hit fuel dumps and factories around Parma.


1/30/45

Fifteenth AF

For ninth successive day weather prevents bombing operations. During 29/30 Jan, 13 B-24's drop supplies in N Italy. During the day P-38's fly rcn and rcn-escort and carry out supply missions and strafing attacks in Austria.


1/30/45

Tenth AF

65 FBs spt ground forces in Banwe, Yenya-u, Hsenwi, Molo, and Mongmit areas. 5 others knock out bridge E of Mong Long. 100-plus FBs attack troops, supplies, arty, and comm tgts at several locations including Kutkai, Bawgyo, Hamngai, Namhsan, Naleng, Pangsari, Hsenwi, and Wengnan. Transports again fly over 500 sorties to forward areas.


1/30/45

Fourteenth AF

27 B-24's bomb Hankow. 32 P-40's and P-51's spt the HBs. 8 P-51's hit T/Os in areas around Loyang, Yuncheng, and Sinantien.


1/30/45

FEAF

Bad weather cancels most of scheduled strikes over Luzon. However, B-24's bomb Cavite while FBs flying spt for ground forces hit arty and troop concentrations NE of Labayug and others attack ammo dumps N of San Isidro.


1/30/45

Seventh AF

17 B-24's from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima A/F. 3 others bomb A/F on Woleai. 6 B-24's from Angaur strike Koror and Arakabesan. During 30/31 Jan, 10 HBs from Saipan fly single-bmr snooper raids against Iwo Jima A/Fs.


1/31/45

International

Conference at Malta begins. Churchill, Eden, Stettinius, and the CCS discuss Western Front strategy, Anglo-US forces of occupation in Germany, and shipping problems.


1/31/45

Eighth AF

400-plus HBs and 4 gps of escorting ftrs are recalled from mission against tgts in Germany because of expected bad weather at UK bases and heavy clouds.


1/31/45

Ninth AF

All operations cancelled due to weather.


1/31/45

Twelfth AF

MBs attack railroad bridges at Chiusaforte, Voghera, Lavis, Rovereto, and San Michele all' Adige, and M/Y at Rovereto, with only fair results. Ftrs and FBs hit bridges, rail lines, trains, vehicles, and other tgts over widespread areas of N Italy. During 30/31 Jan LBs hit several railroad tgts during intruder missions in Po Valley.


1/31/45

Fifteenth AF

670-plus B-24's and B-17's bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery, M/Ys at Graz and Maribor, and scattered T/Os. P-38's and P-51's fly over 300 escorting sorties for the HBs. Other P-38's fly rcn and rcn escort and drop supplies into Austria. During 30/31 Jan B-24's drop supplies in N Italy.


1/31/45

Tenth AF

12 B-25's hit troops and stores at Namlan. 50-plus P-47's attack troops and supplies at several locations including Na-mawtawng, Tawkut, Mong Long, Hsipaw, Hsenwi, and Namhpakka. Transports complete 535 sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.


1/31/45

Fourteenth AF

P-51's strafe T/Os along Pinghan railroad.


1/31/45

Thirteenth AF

Gen Barnes again assumes cmd of XIII FC.


1/31/45

Seventh AF

20 B-24's from Guam bomb A/Fs and AA defenses on Iwo Jima. During 31 Jan/1 Feb, 9 more HBs, flying single-bmr harassment strikes, hit the island.


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