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13th April 1945

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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 Model 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 during 12-13 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 area.

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 Torpedo boat
Decommissioned 13 April 1945

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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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