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14th March 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,188 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 3 tank and armoured vehicle plants, 2 oil refineries, 2 marshalling yards all in the Hannover area, marshalling yards at Gutersloh, Holzwickede, Giessen, Osnabruck, and Hameln, 2 rail bridges and a marshalling yard near Herford, road bridge near Minden, and jet castings plant at Hildesheim. 13 fighters groups fly 610 effective supporting sorties. 3 other groups support Ninth Air Force medium bombers.

Ninth Air Force. 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit 3 airfields, 4 rail bridges, a junction, 5 towns, and 3 targets as interdiction operations continue. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, attack railroads and other special targets, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, cover Remagen area, and support United States XII Corps as it begins drive from the Mosel River to the Rhine River, and XX Corps operations West of Trier and Saarburg.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridges at Casarsa della Delizia, Cittadella, Vipiteno, and Campo. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack command, ammunition and supply dumps, motor transport, trains, buildings, and other targets, escort medium bombers, and support ground forces, operating over much of North Italy from the Apennine battle area North and Northeast. Light bombers hit river crossings and targets in Po Valley during 13-14 March 1945.

Fifteenth Air Force. 634 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, hit Szony and Almasfuzito oil refineries and marshalling yards at Komarom, Nove Zamky, Zagreb, Wiener Neustadt, Graz, and Knittelfeld. 90 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb bridges at Ptuj, 42 of them afterwards strafing rail traffic in Yugoslavia and Austria. 21 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers also strafe rail traffic in Austria. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy and in Yugoslavia. P-38 Lightning fighters continue reconnaissance missions, including larger than usual number of photo reconnaissance flights most of them heavily escorted over Italy, Germany, Austria, and Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly close support for elements of Chinese 50th Division in Mansam area. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge at Laihka while 11 others bomb troop and vehicle concentration nearby. 39 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentrations, supplies and vehicles at Laihka and Namlan while 29 others sweep roads South of bomb line. 614 air supply sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 1 cargo vessel sunk in South China Sea. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 fighter-bombers damage 12 track sections near Tungyangchen. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit railroad targets near Chihsien. 19 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters blast barracks area at Vinh Yen.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Konel area while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit village and antiaircraft positions near Zamboanga and dock area at Isabela. A-20 Havoc light bombers and numerous fighter-bombers including some Marine aircraft hit installations and defensive positions throughout Luzon. A-20 Havoc light bombers over Palawan hit Pandanan Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mako naval base. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on armed reconnaissance and shipping sweep along China coast bomb secondary targets when no ships are sighted.

Seventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb Susaki airfield while 23 from Angaur hit Sarangani Bay supply area. 5 Iwo based P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe and fire bomb positions on North tip of Mindanao. 16 more strafe and dive-bomb Susaki airfield, town of Omura, and several gun positions on Chichi Jima. During 14-15 March 1945, 5 more B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying individually hit Susaki.

Eleventh Air Force. Of 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers taking off to cover naval Task Force on its way to Matsuwa, 6 abort due to weather and failure to locate the Task Force. The others fly coverage sorties throughout the day.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Havering.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sutton at Hone.

T3 Torpedo boat
Sunk 14 March 1945

T5 Torpedo boat
Sunk 14 March 1945

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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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