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10th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,224 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 8 airfields 2 marshalling yards, a factory airfield and repair hangars, an ordnance depot, and Headquarters buildings all in North Germany. 15 fighters groups provide close and area support and strafe numerous airfields, claiming 335 parked aeroplanes destroyed. About 60 jets and a few conventional fighters are encountered. United States fighters claim over 20 aerial victories. Luftwaffe fighters and antiaircraft account for 16 heavy bombers.

Ninth Air Force. 423 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike oil storage and ordnance depots, rail bridge and viaduct all primary targets and several other targets including a marshalling yard and an industrial area. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols, rail cutting operations, and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 13th Armoured Division crossing the Sieg River near Siegburg, 3d Armoured Division approaching Nordhausen, 9th Armoured Division in Hain area, XII Corps near Coburg, XX Corps West of Weimar and the Saale River, 2d and 5th Armoured Divisions crossing Oker River in Ahnsen and Schladen areas, and XVI Corps along the Ruhr River in Essen area.

Twelfth Air Force. During 9-10 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers hit guns and other close support targets along British Eighth Army front which stretches from West of Imola to Comacchio Lagoon and the coast and also hit several Po River crossings and attack Brenner line bridges at Lavis, Rovereto, and San Michele all'Adige. During the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers continue pounding support targets along the battlefront. Fighter-bombers also attack bridges on the Brenner line and command and other targets in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 648 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, in support of British Eighth Army forces, blast artillery positions, machine gun nests, and infantry defences along the Santerno River. This effort represents the largest number of Fifteenth Air Force heavy bombers attacking targets in a single day as of this date. 88 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly target cover 152 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb bridges, a tunnel and a marshalling yard at Seefeld and Worgl.

Tenth Air Force. Approximately 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations at Tonglau, at points along Zawgyi, and at other locations in Central Burma battle area. 455 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Yungcheng storage areas. 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 180 fighter-bombers operating in small flights attack numerous targets throughout South and East China. Targets hit are mainly troops, horses, town areas, storage areas, and river, road, and rail traffic.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb town of Koshun. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers again support ground forces in South West Luzon and in Balete Pass, Baguio, and Solvec Cove areas, and pound Legaspi area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces in Central Cebu. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Liang and Bingkalapa airfields.

Seventh Air Force. During 10-11 April 1945, 6 Iwo Jima based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) night fighters, flying individual strikes bomb and strafe Chichi, Muko, Ani, and Haha Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. In coordinated operations with Navy aircraft, 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers napalm bomb Kataoka naval base. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attempt to hit radar installations on Minami Cape, the primary air warning station in the Kurils, but fail to release bombs due to approach error. 3 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers deck level bomb Masugawa River cannery. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers investigates ice floes along Kurils.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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