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18th February 1945

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Ninth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Dottesfeld rail bridge, target at Daun, and 5 other targets in Germany as 9th Bomber Division starts campaign to isolate the Ruhr. XIX Tactical Air Command escorts B-26 Marauder medium bombers and flies weather reconnaissance and armed reconnaissance. IX and XXIX Tactical Air Commands are grounded because of weather.

Twelfth Air Force. During 17-18 February 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb targets in Po Valley, including towns of Nogara, Castelfranco Veneto, Modena, Cremona, Bovolone, and Isola della Scala, bridges at Cittadella and Villafranca in Lunigiana, and airfields at Ghedi and Villafranca in Lunigiana. All B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions abort due to weather except attack on Ala rail bridge. Fighters and fighter-bombers fly less than 100 sorties, hitting ammunition dumps and railroad bridges and lines, mainly in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. During 17-18 February 1945, 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy. During the day 160 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb benzol plant, main marshalling yard and station at Linz. 20 P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort. Almost 290 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, are recalled because of weather from missions dispatched against targets in Austria. Weather also causes recall of 52 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on strafing mission. A few P-38 Lightning fighters complete reconnaissance missions but most are recalled as weather worsens.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers demolish bridges at Namsang and Ke-hsi Mansam. 30 fighter-bombers support ground forces in Mongmit Myitson Nabu area. More than 100 fighter-bombers pound troop concentrations, supplies, vehicles, and other targets immediately in advance of the southward moving battle line in Burma. Transports fly 602 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack Sinyang railroad yards and airfields and targets along Pinghan railroad, at Chiuchiang, in Nanking area, East of Lohochai, and Southeast of Hsuchang. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over South China Sea claim damage on 2 vessels.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Takao, Okayama, and Toshien airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters provide support. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighters pound command targets and targets throughout Formosa. Medium bombers and fighters continue to fly numerous missions in support of ground forces on Luzon. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Labuan airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. 35 Marianas based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb 2 airfields on Moen Island.

Seventh Air Force. 36 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched against Iwo Jima are recalled because of complete cloud cover over the target. 3 others on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. During 18-19 February 1945, 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam individually strike Chichi Jima.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly cover sorties for naval force during its approach to Kurabu Cape.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chingford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Canvet Island Area.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woodham Ferrers.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wickford Ramsden.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Aveley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dartford Heath.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rochester.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bexley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Canewdon.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Erith.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

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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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