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15th March 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,282 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb primary targets of Army Headquarters at Zossen and marshalling yard at Oranienburg, along with targets including marshalling yards at Stendal and Birkenwerder, rail sidings at Gardelegen, rail centre at Wittenberge, road bridge at Gusen, and town of Havelberg. 14 fighters groups in close escort and 1 in area patrol fly 732 effective support sorties.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack command centres at Neunkirchen and Pirmasens, marshalling yards at Turkismuhle and Erbach, 3 antiaircraft positions, and several other targets, as well as dropping leaflets on Koblenz. Fighters hit Overberge marshalling yard and other targets, escort 9th Bomber Division, fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance, and support United States XII Corps crossing Mosel in offensive toward the Rhine, and XX Corps East of Trier and Saarbrucken.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroad bridges and fills at Salzano, Canale d'Isonzo, Rovereto, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Romano di Lombardia, and Mori. Fighters and fighter-bombers of XXII Tactical Air Command concentrate on command lines in Northeast Italy, particularly the Brenner rail line, and also blast several supply and ammunition dumps. Light bombers continue intruder missions during 14-15 March 1945, hitting Po River crossings and fills in San Ambrogio di Valpolicella area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 109 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Ruhland oil refinery marking the Fifteenth's deepest penetration into Germany. 103 others bomb alternate target of Kolin refinery. 470 other heavy bombers attack targets in Austria, including Moosbierbaum, Schwechat, and Vienna, Floridedorf oil refineries, marshalling yards at Wiener Neustadt, Sankt Polten, Graz, Bruck an der Mur, Klagenfurt, and Murzzuschlag, and bridge at Klagenfurt. Supply missions to North Italy and Yugoslavia continue, along with extensive photo and weather reconnaissance. Fighters fly over 300 sorties in escort of heavy bombers and supply and reconnaissance flights.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support elements of Chinese 50th Division in Namhsan area. 32 P-38 Lightning fighters sweep roads South of bomb line. Transports fly 625 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 1 vessel sunk in South China Sea. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit area East of Pingsiang. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit locomotives between Sinsiang and Shihkiachwang and 4 attack motor transport in Paotou area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). In support of United States ground forces on Luzon United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Headquarters area at Baguio. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Minuli bridge and enemy concentrations in Balete Pass and West of Fort Stotsenburg. A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit gun positions and occupied areas around Batangas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit personnel North of Sarangani Bay and troops and gun positions in Zamboanga area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lahug. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb Takao power installations.

Seventh Air Force. 8 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Susaki airfield. 3 more, on snooper strikes, hit Susaki during 15-16 March 1945.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies air coverage for naval Task Force. 7 others weather abort.

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rayleigh.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Richmond.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tottenham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hornchurch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Neasden.

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

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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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