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1st May 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers drop food supplies in The Hague and Rotterdam areas.

Ninth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-26 Invader light bombers bomb ammunition plant at Stod. IX Tactical Air Command escorts light bombers, flies Air Force cover, and patrols Leipzig Schwarzenberg area. XIX Tactical Air Command flies patrols and armed reconnaissance over East Germany, West Czechoslovakia, and Austria, dive-bombs Berchtesgaden, and operates with United States XII Corps which is advancing Southeast between the Danube and the Czech border and North into Czechoslovakia North of Passau, and with XX Corps whose advance elements speed toward the Inn River at Wasserburg.

Twelfth Air Force. During 30 April 1945 to 1 May 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers bomb targets in North Italy. Bad weather during the day cancels medium bombers operations. Fighter-bombers destroy numerous motor and horse drawn vehicles in Northeast Italy. United States Fifth Army forces approach Brenner Pass on Austro Italian border, while British Eighth Army elements make contact with Yugoslav troops of Marshal Tito near Monfalcone.

Fifteenth Air Force. Despite bad weather 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb main station marshalling yard at Salzburg. This is the final Fifteenth Air Force bombing mission of the Second World War. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions.

Fourteenth Air Force. During May the Japanese decide to give up their Greater East Asia Corridor and withdraw from South China. Fourteenth Air Force further concentrates its attacks on rail and road movements and river shipping and thus plays a major role in critically reducing the enemy's mobility and supply lines. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out bridges near Taiku and Kiehsiu and hit antiaircraft positions and locomotives near the bridges, blast gun emplacements in Loning area, and hit several locomotives, near Shihkiachwang. General Wedemeyer selects General Stratemeyer to command Army Air Force China Theatre, with both Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces under his command.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Heito sugar refinery and town of Kagi. Far East Air Force (FEAF) continues to support ground forces on Luzon and Negros. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers support Australian landings on Tarakan Island and bomb Tawau. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Jesselton, Tarakan, Sandakan, and Kudat, concentrating on airfields.

Seventh Air Force. 16 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Marcus while 10 hit air installations on Param. During the night 9 more, flying individual snooper strikes, hit airfields on Param and Moen.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies weather reconnaissance over the Kurils.

On 1 May 1945, Hamburg Radio announces that Adolf Hitler has died in battle, fighting up to his last breath against Bolshevism.

Joseph Goebbels on 1 May 1945, and his wife Magda commit suicide after killing their six children.

Karl Dönitz on 1 May 1945, appoints Count Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk as the new Chancellor of Germany.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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