Eighth Air Force. More than 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers bomb Neumunster marshalling yard. 8 fighters groups support
heavy bombers and strafe numerous airfields, claiming 284 parked aeroplanes destroyed.
Ninth Air Force. A special mission is flown by IX Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers
against Headquarters of Field Marshall Walter
Heeresgruppe C at Haus Waldesruh in the Ruhr pocket. The air attack
is followed by an artillery barrage. As a result the Headquarters is moved to
Haan. IX Tactical Air Command pilots sight Soviet fighters in the air for the
first time. Weather grounds 9th Bomber Division. Fighters fly patrols and armed
reconnaissance, and support United States XVIII Corps in Huckeswagen and Hagen
areas, III Corps between Ruhr and Honne Rivers, 3d Armoured Division on Saale
River in Alsleben, Nelben and Friedeburg area, XX Corps astride and between the
Weisse Elster and Zwickauer Mulde Rivers North of Gera, XVI Corps North West of
Hagen, 2d Armoured Division in Elbenau, Grunwalde area, and 5th Armoured Division
along the Elbe in Tangermunde area.
Twelfth Air Force. United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are restricted by weather
to 1 mission, an attack on road bridge at Mollinella. Fighter-bombers continue
to hit command and dumps in Po Valley and guns in La Spezia area. Light bombers
-13 April 1945, attack
Po River crossings at San Benedetto Po, Ostiglia, Piacenza, and Casalmaggiore,
bridges at San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, and motor transport and targets in Milan
Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to reconnaissance
and escort missions.
Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack troops and
supplies in Hamngai, Loi-hseng, and Wan Yin areas and sweep roads South of bomb
line in Central Burma. Air transport operations to front areas total 450 sorties.
Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb railroad yards and warehouse area at Kaifeng, 6 knock out
bridge at Ningwing, and 6 hit fort at Bac Ninh. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit shipping in South China Sea and Bakli Bay and town areas of Tenghsien and
Liuchow. 4 others, along with 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, knock out bridge
and hit town area and shipping at Puchi. 24 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers knock out 3 bridges, damage another, and hit several targets in
North Indochina. About 140 fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance and strikes
throughout South and East China, hitting rail, road, and river traffic, town areas,
troops, and general targets.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Hong Kong waterfront Taikoo
Docks and storage areas in Canton. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields
at Tainan and Okayama while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroads. Numerous
sweeps are flown over Cagayan Valley and ground support missions are continued
on Luzon, Cebu, and Negros. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Davao area. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers hit various targets on Mindanao and in Sulu Archipelago.
Twentieth Air Force. During 13-14
April 1945, almost 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress
heavy bomber's bomb Tokyo arsenal area.
Seventh Air Force. 18 Guam based
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound enemy
positions on Marcus. 23 from Angaur bomb personnel and storage areas at Kabacan.
2 Saipan based P-61 Black Widow, night fighters bomb and strafe Pagan Island.
Eleventh Air Force. At Attu 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38
Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters scramble following radar reports of unidentified
plots. Later, they shoot down 9 of 11 Japanese paper bomb balloons sighted over
the West Aleutians. T16
Decommissioned 13 April 1945 Go To: 14th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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