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17th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,260 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 power stations, an instruments works, an industrial complex around a tank factory, 2 marshalling yards, and 5 city areas in West and North Central Germany. 13 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups, plus an extra P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers section, provide support.

Ninth Air Force. 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb 5 marshalling yards, 2 command centres, an ordnance depot, 3 city areas, and several targets. Attacks are to impede enemy movement of troops, equipment, and supplies in face of advancing Allied forces. Fighters fly escort, patrols, and armed reconnaissance, cover Remagen bridgehead, support United States III Corps Northeast of Remagen, co-operate with XII Corps which has penetrated several miles East of Bad Kreuznach at one point, and operate with XX Corps which at one point reaches as far East as Birkenfeld.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers during 16-17 March 1945, bomb Po River crossings, other bridges, lights, and movements in Po Valley. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges and fills at Cittadella, San Michele all' Adige, Aldeno, Bozzolo, Canneto sull' Oglio, Pontetidone, Pizzighettone, and Pontevico. Fighters and fighter-bombers are greatly restricted by bad weather but score effectively against dumps, bridges, railroads, marshalling yards, trains, and buildings mainly in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather grounds heavy bombers. 98 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Ptuj and Zagreb railroad bridges, Klinca Sela marshalling yard, and Sisak marshalling yard and bridge. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, drop supplies in Yugoslavia and P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort. During 17-18 March 1945, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support British 36th Division around Mogok. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troops and supplies near Namlan. 33 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit road targets behind enemy lines, concentrating on Hayti and Mong Yai sectors. 40 other fighter-bombers attack troops, supplies, tanks, and trucks behind the battle line including Ta-mun, Namsaw, Pansupe, Tal-ti, and Kankang areas. Transports continue to fly troops and supplies to front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers damage 21 locomotives and a river launch in Peking area, around Tsinan, and between Taiyuan and Tatung.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Formosa airfields are pounded by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating in force. On Luzon nearly 500 sorties are flown in support of ground forces by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Panay beaches preparatory to allied landings on 18 March 1945, and bomb troops in combat areas on Mindanao. Bacolod airfield is also bombed.

Twentieth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit storage dump at Rangoon. 2 others bomb targets Sagyi airfield and warehouses at Bassein.

Seventh Air Force. 11 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Chichi Jima. During 17-18 March 1945, 5 more hit Susaki airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly bombing and photo missions over Matsuwa, concentrating on the airfield, and on returning photograph Shasukotan, Harumukotan, and Onnekotan.

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

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hampstead.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dartford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stepney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barking.

R422 R-boat
Launched 17 March 1945 ?

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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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