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1st August 1945

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Tenth Air Force. General Hegenberger becomes Commanding General Tenth Air Force. Tenth Air Force moves from Piardoba to Kunming. Headquarters at Kunming was officially opened on 23 July 1945. The scheduled role of the Tenth Air Force in China is almost identical with its completed Burma mission to act as the tactical Air Force giving direct support and providing air supply to Chinese ground forces operating South of 27th parallel North.

Fourteenth Air Force. Bad weather severely curtails operations. P-61 Black Widow, night fighters effectively sweep rivers in Wuchou, Canton, and Tsingyun areas, sinking several large junks and sampans.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipyards at Pontianak. Other heavy bombers hit barracks and antiaircraft guns along Makassar Strait. P-38 Lightning fighters strafe locomotives in Soerabaja area. Other P-38 Lightning fighters support ground forces East Northeast and Southeast of Mankayan and, along with United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft, pound enemy positions and concentrations in Upian area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tourane marshalling yard while escorting P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe boxcars at Quang Nam. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Takao military stores. About 50 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets in Nagasaki dock and harbour area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers in Nagasaki area hit docks, railroad yards, and shipping. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Koniya airfield and hit Kakeroma Island. 80 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit railroad bridges and other railroad targets at Sendai. Also P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly their first combat mission from Iwo Jima, joining VII Fighter Command P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers in sweep over South Honshu. Rolling stock and airfields are attacked in Okazaki, Itami, and Nagoya areas.

Twentieth Air Force. 627 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, on night of 1-2 August 1945, carry out fire-bomb raids on Japanese cities of Hachioji, Toyama, Nagaoka, and Mito; 120 others bomb Kawasaki petroleum facilities; and 37 drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait, in Nakaumi Lagoon, at Hamada, Sakai, Yonago, Najin, and Seishin. The total of 784 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's (of 836 dispatched) bombing targets is the largest Twentieth Air Force single day effort of World War II.

VII Fighter Command. 30 Iwo Jima based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields and other targets in Osaka Nagoya area. Bad weather prevents numerous other fighters from reaching targets.

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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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