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16th February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Almost 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack benzol plants at Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen, oil refineries at Dortmund and Salzbergen, Osnabruck, Hamm, and Rheine, Wesel rail bridge, and several secondaries and targets. 4 fighters groups provide support.

Ninth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Mayen rail bridge, Rees command centre, Solingen turbo jet component works, Unna ordnance depot, and a target. Fighters escort the bombers, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, attack bridge, railroads, and other special targets. XIX Tactical Air Command also supports United States VIII, XII, and XX Corps West of Prum River, East of Sauer River, and in Saarlautern area.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers cut rail lines at South end of Garda Lake, and bomb ammunition and fuel dump East of Nervesa della Battaglia and ammunition dump East of Villafranca in Lunigiana.

Fifteenth Air Force. 630 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Regensburg, Landsberg, and Neubiberg, marshalling yards at Rosenheim, Hall, Innsbruck, Bolzano, and Vipiteno, plus scattered targets in Austria and North Italy. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers, fly reconnaissance missions, and escort reconnaissance and supply operations.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troops, storage areas, and vehicles during offensive reconnaissance along roads South of Lashio and from Hsenwi to Loilem. 31 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Myitson area. About 160 fighter-bombers attack town areas, troop concentrations, artillery positions, transportation targets, and general targets at Namtu, Wengkau, Hsipaw, Namhsawng-hawng, Hunhla, Mong Yai, Sinkin, Panghung, Hatka, Na-kyeh, and Panglong and similar targets at Kyawngsu, Kunsanlek, Namloi, Man-kyawng, Tonsing, Sam-Lau, and Mong Li. Transports fly 632 sorties delivering men and supplies to forward bases and dropping supplies to front line troops.

Fourteenth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack airfields in Nanking area, railroad yards at Hsuchang and Tungpu, and hit rail and river traffic from Wuhu to Hankow, in Sinsiang area, in Luang Prabang area, and from Muong Soui to the Mekong River.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters attack vehicles and trains in South part of Formosa. 120 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Corregidor during early daylight hours. Amphibious and airborne landings follow and the paratroops soon link up with the beachhead. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers also bomb nearby Caballo Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers support ground forces in Mariveles area, hit facilities at Baguio and Santa Fe, and bomb Camalaniugan airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Likanan and Matina airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kendari airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 2 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance flight bomb Marcus. 42 sent against Iwo Jima are recalled due to total cloud cover over the target. During 16-17 February 1945, 4 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, striking separately, hit Susaki airfield.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near West Hanningfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Hanningfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Leyton.

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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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