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13th March 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 16 continent based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly uneventful aircraft sweep in Remagen, Koblenz area.

Ninth Air Force. 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-26 Invader light bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers, bomb 3 marshalling yards, 2 airfields, rail sidings, and several targets in continuing interdiction campaign in Germany. Fighters fly escort, patrols, and armed reconnaissance, attack assigned targets, cover United States First Army area in general along the Rhine River from Dusseldorf to Linz, Rhine, support United States 9th Infantry Division around Hargarten, cover Remagen bridgehead, and support XX Corps as it opens offensive Southeast from Saarburg bridgehead.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges and fills at Perca, Vo Sinistrof, Pizzighetone, Salorno, and Sacile. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack bridges, antiaircraft positions, ammunition and supply dump, rail lines, various other targets, and fly close support to United States Fifth Army force as XXII Tactical Air Command operates over wide areas of North Italy from the North Apennines through the Po Valley, and into Northeast Italy. On 12-13 March 1945, light bombers hit railroads, Po River crossings, dumps, and movement, mainly in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 569 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Regensburg marshalling yard. 3 other heavy bombers bomb and shut marshalling yard and targets. Over 280 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort and several strafe rail traffic in Germany and Austria during return flight. 41 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on strafing mission attack rail traffic in Munich, Landshut, Regensburg and Ingolstadt areas and between Vienna and Wiener Neustadt. Photo reconnaissance is particularly extensive, with 18 P-38 Lightning fighters covering areas of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, and North Italy. 41 fighters escort photo missions.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces of Chinese 50th Division, hitting Japanese positions along Namtu River in Namhsan area. 26 P-38 Lightning fighters hit road targets South of bomb line in Central Burma. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack troop concentrations, supplies, and gun positions behind enemy lines. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit wooded area in British 36th Division battle sector. Other fighter-bombers make ineffective bridge strikes. Transports complete more than 500 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea claim a cargo vessel and a large junk destroyed. 13 P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers destroy a storehouse and damage a compound at Chingchengchiang and knock out a bridge and hit machine gun positions and other targets at Lang Son.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets in Sarangani Bay area and effectively hit town of Lagao. Medium bombers support ground operations in Zamboanga area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters support ground forces hitting forces and positions in Cagayan Valley. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit sampans off Hainan Island while P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Samah airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit installations in West Central Formosa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mako.

Twentieth Air Force. In the third of the Twentieth Air Force's great fire raids, 274 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's begin bombing Osaka shortly after midnight, 13-14 March 1945. The heart of the city, an area of 8.1 square miles, is wiped out during 3 hours of bombing from altitudes of 5,000 to 9,600 ft.

Seventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Woleai while 10 bomb Susaki airfield. During 13-14 March 1945, 8 more, flying individual strikes, pound Susaki. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb storage area on Sarangani Bay.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tillingham Marshes.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Erith.

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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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