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20th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Approximately 800 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 8 marshalling yards, 3 rail junctions, a rail bridge, other rail facilities, and an airfield, located in 7 cities in an arc from North North West to South South West of Berlin, 3 towns in East and Southeast Bavaria, and a town in Czechoslovakia. 15 fighters groups give close and area support, and claim 7 Luftwaffe fighters downed.

Ninth Air Force. 564 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and heavy bombers strike oil storage at Deggendorf and Annaburg, marshalling yards at Memmingen and Wittenberg, ordnance depots at Nordlingen and Straubing, and other targets including antiaircraft positions. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, attack special targets, and co-operate with United States ground forces including VII Corps West of Dessau, VIII Corps between Plauen and Chemnitz, XII Corps in Grafenwohr area, XX Corps attacking toward the Danube and Regensburg, and XIX Corps in Magdeburg, Barby area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers on night intruder missions during 19-20 April 1945, continue to pound Po River crossings and vehicle movement throughout the Valley. Medium bombers considerably damage 4 of 6 railroad bridges and fills attached on Brenner line, and also hit Headquarters in battle area and 2 Reno River bridges North of Bologna. Fighter-bombers again support United States Fifth Army elements South and West of Bologna as they begin to emerge from the Apennines onto the Po plain.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers again pound railway systems and road bridges in effort to hinder supply or withdrawal of enemy forces in North Italy. Over 700 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit railroad bridges at Campodazzo, Ponte Gardena, and Campo di Trens, viaduct at Avisio, marshalling yards at Vipiteno Fortezza, and Brennero, and road bridges at Lusia, la Carrare, and Boara Pisani, and Mariahof viaduct and Innsbruck marshalling yard. 115 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb railroad line Innsbruck, Rattenberg, Rosenheim, hitting marshalling yards at Hall, Schwaz, Jenbach, Kundl, Worgl and Kiefersfelden, 4 rail bridges, and several box cars, and cut rail lines at 42 places between Innsbruck and Rosenheim. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers, Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) supply runs to North Italy, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, and Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers raids in North Italy, and fly reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters knock out 3 bridges and damage 5 others in Central Burma behind enemy lines. 12 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentration and ration dump at Tonglau, 18 attack troop concentration around monastery at Kengkawmanhaung, and 12 attack troops along stream near Wan Nahpeit. 497 transport sorties land or drop 784 tons of supplies in forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Neihsiang and attack railroad targets from Saiping to Lohochai and from Linying to Hsuchang. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Loyang and Luchou. 100 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters concentrate attacks against town areas throughout South and East China, also hitting troops, gun positions, river traffic, and other targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tainan airfield while P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack Koshun airfield. Large-scale Far East Air Force (FEAF) support of ground forces on Luzon, Cebu, and Negros continues. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sepinggang and Labuan airfields and P-38 Lightning fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Tarakan Island.

Seventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Iwo Jima bomb Haha Jima.

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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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