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14th August 1945

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Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack shipping in Korea and Kyushu waters, claiming several vessels destroyed and damaged. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters over Osaka Nagoya area claim several Japanese aircraft shot down.

Twentieth Air Force. 302 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb naval arsenal at Hikari and Osaka Army Arsenal while 108 bomb railroad yards at Marifu. VII Fighter Command planes escort very heavy bombers over Osaka area. During 14-15 August 1945, 160 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's attack Kumagaya and Isezaki with incendiaries while 132 in the longest non stop unstaged B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber bombing mission from the Marianas-3,650 miles bomb Nippon Oil Company at Tsuchizakiminato. 39 others mine waters at Nanao, Shimonoseki, Miyazu, and Hamada. These are the final B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber combat missions against Japan. Before the last B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's return, President Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Japan. Immediately thereafter, 11th Airborne Division leaves Philippine Islands by air for Okinawa, where it goes on standby as the initial occupation force for Japan.

VII Fighter Command. After escorting United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber strike over Osaka area, 160 fighters (from VII Fighter Command on Iwo Jima) fly last fighter strike against Japan Home Islands, hitting airfields and other military installations in Nagoya general area.

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