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17th June 1945

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Army Air Force. General Arnold requests of General Wedemeyer that General Stratemeyer replace General Chennault as head of Air Forces in China.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb road and rail supply movements in Paoching and Hengyang areas. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters severely damage bridge at Linmingkuan. 54 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-61 Black Widow, night fighters hit road transport, railroad, river traffic, gun positions, bridges, and targets around Kukong, Hankow, Lingkuantien, Changsha, Yoyang, Loyunghsien, Luchai, Hwangshapu, Kiyang, Kweilin, Kaifeng, and Shihkiachwang. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters blast command centre at Puchou.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers pound Cagayan Valley targets and numerous other objectives throughout North Luzon. Many of the strikes support United States Sixth Army forces. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Balikpapan area oil targets and gun positions. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Limbang town and sweep from Beaufort to Jesselton, hitting Beaufort buildings, several command targets at various points, and personnel areas at Labuan Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb industrial and railroad targets at Kiirun. P-38 Lightning fighters pound railroad bridge and trucks at Soton.

Twentieth Air Force. 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb urban areas of Kagoshima, Omuta, Hamamatsu, and Yokkaichi, with incendiaries, while 25 others mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Kobe all during 17-18 June 1945.

Seventh Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Ie Shima bomb and strafe shipping, airfield, villages, bridge and radar and radio facilities on Amami Gunto and Tokuno. During 17-18 June 1945, 2 P-61 Black Widow, night fighters from Ie Shima fly unsuccessful due to weather intruder strike over Amami Gunto and Kyushu. This begins a campaign of night and day intruder missions over Kyushu Island and the Ryukyu Islands by the night fighters 12 more are flown during June 1945.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb shipping near Kataoka. One ship is observed exploding, another burns after a strafing run. 4 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a shipping sweep from Shimushu to Kurabu Cape. A number of vessels are sighted but cannot be attacked because of land based antiaircraft.

R85 R-boat
Sunk 17 June 1945

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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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