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14th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,161 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 22 defensive installations, consisting of antiaircraft and artillery positions and strong points covering the Gironde estuary. Other Allied Air Forces and French naval units attack similar targets. The air attacks precede a ground assault by French detachment of 6th Army Group on the defence pockets which deny Allies use of port facilities in Bordeaux area.

Ninth Air Force. Operational Headquarters of XXIX Tactical Air Command moves to Gutersloh. 18 B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly leaflet mission in Ruhr area. Fighters fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 3d Armoured Division South West of Elbe, Mulde River junction near Dessau, 9th Armoured Division in Borna and Lobstadt area, XX Corps elements which continue to arrive at Zwickauer Mulde River, VIII Corps along the Weisse Elster River South of Gera, XII Corps elements in Bayreuth area, 2d and 5th Armoured Divisions along the Elbe in Barby, Magdeburg and Tangermunde areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 13-14 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers continue to hit command in Po Valley. Bad weather over North part of Brenner line prevents medium bombers attacks but the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit alternates on South part of line at Salorno, San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, and Chiusaforte, bomb guns Southeast of La Spezia in support of United States Fifth Army, and hit 5 defensive positions along British Eighth Army front in Argenta area. Fighter-bombers concentrate on supporting Fifth Army forces South West of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. 318 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit ammunition factories at Avigliana, Spilimbergo, Malcontenta, and Palmanova, motor transport depot at Osoppo and Klagenfurt marshalling yard as a target. 158 fighters provide escort. 29 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe railroad targets in Munich, Linz, Regensburg areas. 54 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort for Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombing targets in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack troops, supplies, and fuel dumps at Tawnghkam Nawng-hkam, Mong Kung, Loi-makhkawn, and Nawngkaw. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters damage bridges at Kong pau and Kyawngpeng. 446 transport flights are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, bomb Loyang and knock out bridge over Yellow River. 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and more than 130 fighter-bombers attack bridges knocking out at least 6, river, road, and rail traffic, troops, storage areas, town areas, and general targets over vast expanse of South and East China.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sweep Canton Hong Kong waterways, hitting shipping and other targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb four airfields on Formosa. In the Philippine Islands B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers fly numerous strikes in support of ground forces and against airfields, gun positions, defences, and troop concentrations throughout Luzon, Cebu, Negros, and Mindanao.

Seventh Air Force. 24 Angaur based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound supply and personnel areas at Tigatto.

R126 R-boat
Sunk 14 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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