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15th February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Magdeburg synthetic oil plant, marshalling yards at Dresden, Cottbus, and Rheine, and several targets. 9 fighters groups fly escort and strafe transportation targets.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 90 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Sinzig and Mayen rail bridges and 4 targets in the area. Fighters patrol points along battlefront, attack railroads and other special targets, fly armed reconnaissance and support United States VII, VIII, XII, and XX Corps along Roer and Prum Rivers and in Saar River bridgehead area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb Spilimbergo ammunition dumps through overcast, but are forced by the bad weather to cancel all other operations. Fighter-bombers, limited by weather, concentrate on railway targets in Northeast and West Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 5 station freight yards, Southeast goods depot, Korneuburg oil refinery, and Vienna, Floridsdorf, Matzleinsdorf, and Penzing marshalling yards all in Vienna area, plus marshalling yards at Klagenfurt, Wiener Neustadt and Graz, Graz ordnance depot, shipyards in Fiume and scattered targets are also hit. Fighters escort heavy bombers and fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit buildings, troops, and other targets during sweep from Lashio to Loilem and along road East and West from Loilem. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly close support strikes in Mongmit Myitson area. Bridge at Hay-ti is knocked out by 6 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. 56 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack troops, town areas, and supplies at Paukmyaing, Nam-hpuktok, Namtoi, and Namhu-tau. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Li-lu ferry area. Large-scale transport operations continue. 511 sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack railroad targets at Saiping, in Hankow area, North of Sinantien, between Hsuchang and Loyang, and along the Yangtze from Wuhu to Hankow.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges in South part of Formosa. Heavy bombers again blast Corregidor with A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers bombing and strafing its few remaining gun positions. Fighter-bombers hit Caballo Island and fighter-bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Bataan Peninsula all day. Also hit are troops and gun positions in Fort William McKinley area and airfields at Tuguegarao and Echague.

Twentieth Air Force. 33 Marianas based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Mitsubishi aircraft engine works at Nagoya. Almost 70 others hit last resort targets, 54 of them bombing Hamamatsu.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan, in two separate strikes, bomb Iwo Jima airfields and antiaircraft defences. 12 others hit airfields at Chichi Jima. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam, escorting photo aeroplanes over Truk, bomb airfields at Param and Moen Islands. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly night harassment raids against Iwo and Chichi Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Erith.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Crayford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Iver Heath.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Shoreham.

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

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

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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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