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16th June 1945

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Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit supply movements on Paoching Hengyang road. 41 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack bridges, shipping, road transport, power facilities, and railroad traffic, knocking out bridges near Siangtan, Changsha, and Suchow. Rail, road and river traffic is attacked near Yoyang, Hengyang, Kuanyang, Shou-yang, Peking, and Linfen. Power plant at Uong Bi is heavily damaged.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers hit personnel and supply targets in Cagayan Valley and East of Manila, and support ground forces in Cervantes sector. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Balikpapan gun emplacements, Tawau, and Samarinda, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Brunei Bay area and fighter-bombers attack Miri, Jesselton, Keningau airfields and North Borneo targets. 90 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kiirun harbour and town of Takao. 3 B-32's bomb Taito.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-61 Black Widow, night fighters arrive on Ie Shima and take over night heckler missions against Kyushu from the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. Other P-61 Black Widow, night fighters fly night intruder missions over Amami Gunto, bombing various targets. 38 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Ie Shima dive-bomb boats, antiaircraft positions, runways, and buildings on Kikai Island.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb and strafe shipping off Suribachi Bay and a radar site on Minami Cape. One of the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers crashes into the water. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a shipping strike score near misses on a freighter in Asahi Bay and bomb targets along the Torishima Chain. Mechanical failures force 2 of the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers to fly to Petropavlovsk.

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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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