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1st March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,153 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 8 marshalling yards in South West Germany, plus 2 targets. 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups provide close escort, 7 groups afterward strafe transportation facilities and airfields.

Ninth Air Force. 340 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack ordnance depot at Giessen, command centres at Pulheim, Rheinbach, Rommerskirchen, and Stommeln, rail bridge at Pracht, a road bridge, and 8 targets. Fighters escort medium bombers and light bombers, fly alerts, scheduled patrols, and armed reconnaissance, hit assigned ground tats and support United States 3d Armoured Division at Erft River bridgehead near Paffendorf, 9th Armoured Division between Neffelbach and Rotbach (creeks), XVI and XIII Corps in Venlo area and along Niers River, XIX Corps in Monchen, Gladbach area, VIII Corps astride the Prum River, XII Corps between Prum and Nims Rivers and along the Kyll River, and XX Corps in Trier area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers fly intruder missions during 28 February 1945 to 1 March 1945, against targets at Lecco and in Parma area, starting large fires and causing several explosions during strike on Casarsa della Delizia temporary railroad bridge, and hit bridges at Nervesa della Battaglia and Sacile. Weather cancels all daytime operations except for reconnaissance and supply runs.

Fifteenth Air Force. 630 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery and alternate targets and targets including marshalling yards at Sankt Polten, Amstetten, Villach, Klagenfurt, Knittelfeld, Feldbach, Jesenice, and Maribor, plus several scattered targets. Over 220 fighters provide escort. 22 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Moosbierbaum refinery and Tulln marshalling yard afterward 12 of them strafe Wiener Neustadt, Gloggnitz rail lines. 47 other P-38 Lightning fighters strafe rail traffic around Graz and West of Vienna.

United States Army Forces in the Middle East (USAFIME). United States Army Forces in the Middle East (USAFIME) takes over North West Africa from Mediterranean Theatre of Operations, United States Army (MTOUSA) and is redesignated Africa-Middle East Theatre (AMET).

Tenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Mogok area. 16 fly close support strikes near Lashio. 14 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters damage approaches of bypass bridge at Na-lang, but leave the bridge serviceable. About 100 fighter-bombers attack troops, supply areas, command targets, a ferry landing, and general targets along battlefronts and immediately behind German lines. Large-scale transport operations continue.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound South side of Ishan while 17 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit East and West sections of the city. 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack targets of Chinchengchiang while 4 others hit troops and road traffic between Chinchengehiang and Hwalyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Formosa and the Ryukyu Islands bomb Takao aluminium plant, Tainan airfield and nearby satellite field. Fighters hit buildings at Keishu and storage tanks, railroad yards, and targets throughout the Ryukyus. Troops on Corregidor and West of Fort Stotsenburg are hit with napalm. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tarakan, Labuan, and Manggar airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Zettle Field.

Thirteenth Air Force. Thirteenth Air Force moves from Morotai to Leyte. XIII Fighter Command moves from Leyte to Palawan.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) VII Fighter Command is removed from control of Seventh Air Force and transferred to Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA). 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb Susaki airfield. 1 other hits Haha Jima. During 1-2 March 1945, 5 heavy bombers make separate harassment strikes on Susaki airfield and town of Omura.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Billericay.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Little Leighs.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barnet.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stapleford Tawney.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Shoreditch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Orpington.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Walthamstow.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Wickford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Horndon on the Hill.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham.

R263 R-boat
Launched 1 March 1945

3. Räumbootsflottille
Was reformed on 1 March 1945

Helmut Klassmann
Takes command of the 3. Räumbootsflottille on 1 March 1945 to January 1946

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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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