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10th May 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Effective this date, General Doolittle, Commanding General, is relieved of duty in European Theatre of Operations (ETO) and assigned to Headquarters Army Air Force, Washington. He is relieved by General Kepner.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division is redesignated 9th Air Division. No operations for Tactical Air Commands and 9th Air Division.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack bridges at Fengstun and Pinyang, on the Song Chu River, and North of Singtai Pinyang target is destroyed, hit Yungfengshih and Chingshuping, and bomb airfields at Paoching. 100 to 120 fighter-bombers pounding targets over South and East China, disrupt enemy movement and supply lines.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields in Canton area. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit Cagayan Valley targets and support ground action in battle zones throughout Luzon. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Impasugong, Kalasungay, and Malaybalay and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers in support of ground forces attack Kibawe and Tagolaan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Makassar ship basins, shore targets at Balikpapan on Borneo, and Limboeng airfield on Celebes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, hit Kari and command targets on Formosa.

Twentieth Air Force. 42 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit airfields at Matsuyama, Usa, Miyazaki, and Kanoya. 302 others bomb Tokuyama naval fuel station and coal yards, Otake oil refinery, and Amami-O-Shima naval oil storage facilities. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's claim 10 aircraft destroyed.

Seventh Air Force. 11 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Marcus in the morning. During afternoon 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying in 2 forces, hit airfields on Param and Moen.

Eleventh Air Force. The Eleventh and Fleet Air Wing Four execute the heaviest and most successful joint mission to date. 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping targets at Kataoka naval base, and fly photo reconnaissance over East and West Paramushiru on return trip. Next, 16 Attu based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers take off. 1 aborts while the others hit shipping between Kashiwabara and Kataoka. Heavy antiaircraft fire claims 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers force land in the USSR.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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