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12th May 1945

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Ninth Air Force. XIX Tactical Air Command flies demonstration missions.

Twelfth Air Force. Large-scale redeployment of Twelfth Air Force units officially begins although first large movement to Zone of Interior has earlier taken place on 12 January 1945, followed by redeployment of various units to all the theatres. On 12 May 1945, the Twelfth has 198 units assigned and 8 attached. By the end of May 1945, 17 assigned units will be redeployed from the theatre, 43 assigned service units disbanded and personnel used to form 21 new service units, 9 assigned units transferred to other Headquarters in the theatre, and 1 attached unit released leaving 150 assigned and 7 attached units intact.

Fourteenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb barracks and storage area at Loyang and hit railroad targets around Sinsiang and Sinyang, from Hankow to Sinyang, from Chenghsien to Szeshui, from Kioshan to Lohochai, and between Hengshan and Yoyang and knock out bridge North of Hengyang. 150 fighter-bombers again hit scattered targets in South and East China, concentrating on road, rail, and river traffic and supply lines.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces on Luzon and Negros. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound several railroad and road bridges at Binh Dinh, Phu My, Bong Son, Lai Ha, Tuy Hoa, and Phu Hiep and attack railroad yard at An Trach and other railroad targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in Brunei Bay area including Labuan, Brooketon, and Jesselton airfields and troops on Tarakan Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Makassar shipyards and Limboeng airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 9 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Marcus while 12 more
hit airfields on Param.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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