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10th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,321 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike 6 marshalling yards, 2 rail viaducts, 4 railway centres, and a town area all in West Germany. 10 fighters groups fly 484 supporting sorties. 2 other groups support Ninth Air Force medium bombers.

Ninth Air Force. 383 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers and medium bombers strike 5 marshalling yards, command centre, 2 city areas, miscellaneous targets in Koblenz, Braubach area, and a target. Fighters escort medium bombers and light bombers, attack ground targets, fly patrols, armed reconnaissance, and provide cover and ground support over Remagen bridge area where United States 9th Infantry Division expands bridgehead against fierce opposition, support 4th Armoured Division in Koblenz area and XX Corps in Saarburg area, and co-operate with XVI Corps near Wesel.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers bomb bridges and other command targets in East Po Valley during 9-10 March 1945. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Ora, Bozzolo, and San Michele all'Adige, and railroad fill at Ceraino railroad station. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit command and targets at various locations in East Po Valley, including several bridges, and numerous ammunition dumps and vehicles.

Fifteenth Air Force. 191 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Verona Parona di Valpolicella railroad bridge. 1 other bombs Voghera marshalling yard. Supply missions to Yugoslavia and reconnaissance operations continue.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces of British 36th Division in Mogok area. 46 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters sweep roads South of bomb line. 49 others hit supply areas behind enemy lines, attack a bivouac near Nam-yang, and bomb a truck park North of Mong Yai. 537 air supply sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast railroad yards at Tsanghsien and Tehsien. 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 4 P-40 fighters attack Siangtan and nearby targets. 60 fighter-bombers hit river, road, and railroad targets, gun positions, warehouses, airstrips, and troops around Sinyang, Yiyang, Changsha, Kiyang, Yoyang Hengyang, Hankow, and Wuchang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Zamboanga Peninsula area bomb town of Zamboanga, Calarian airfield, Pangasahan, Port Holland, Kulibato Point, and Sibago Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ipo area and Aparri airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers support guerrillas near San Fernando and bomb Cabugao. Fighter-bombers hit Caballo Island, bomb town of Minanga, hit enemy concentrations at Burgos, near Fort Stotsenburg, in Batangas province, and at other locations on Luzon, and attack Teresa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kudat and Jesselton airfields.

Twentieth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb marshalling yard at Kuala Lumpur. 1 of the very heavy bombers drops over half of its bombs at Alor Star airfield. 3 others attack Khao Huakhang, and freighter in channel leading to Port Swettenham. During the predawn hours 279 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, of 325 airborne, blast Tokyo urban area with incendiaries, destroying more than 267,000 buildings about one fourth in the city and killing more than 83,000 people. This death total is the highest of any single day's action during the war, exceeding the deaths caused by the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 20 other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb alternates and targets. 14 very heavy bombers are lost. The participating B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are from the XXI Bomber Command's Bomber Wings, the 73d, 313th, and 314th, based on Guam, Tinian, and Saipan. The raids are flown at levels ranging from 4,900 to 9,200 ft.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Susaki airfield which 9 heavy bombers again hit during 10-11 March 1945, on separate snooper strikes. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Calarian airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers radar bomb targets on Kataoka, Suribachi, and Kakumabetsu with unobserved results. l fighters is sighted but no attack is made. 2 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on this mission abort due to weather and mechanical trouble. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions to Hayakegawa and Paramushiru are also cancelled due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Beckenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Biggin Hill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pilgrims Hatch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Enfield.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Mill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bexley.

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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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