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20th July 1945

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Events On This Day

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit truck convoys around Hengyang and Wuchang, storage on island near Changsha, locomotive shops at Phu Thuong, and power plant and railroad targets in Vinh area. 50 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-61 Black Widow, night fighters disrupt enemy movement and general withdrawal in Indochina and South and East China, attacking river, road, and rail traffic, coastal shipping, supplies, and other targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters attack town of Langkon while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Togian Island. P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in South West Celebes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Itu Aba and West of Palawan for second consecutive day. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support ground action in Kiangan area and in lower Cagayan Valley. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit Japanese positions in Marikina and Infanta areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb area South of Fabrica.

Twentieth Air Force. The 509th Comp Group begins series of 12 precision attacks over Japan for purpose of familiarising crews with target area and tactics contemplated for scheduled atomic bomb missions. The strikes on 20 July 1945, 24 July 1945, 26 July 1945, and 29 July 1945 are mostly against (or near) cities previously bombed, in the general area of cities chosen for possible atomic attack, and involve from 2 to 6 aircraft in order to accustom the Japanese to sight of small formations of B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's flying at high altitudes.

VII Fighter Command. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters based on Iwo Jima fly nearly 100 effective sorties against targets, mainly airfields, at Kamezaki, Meiji, Okazaki, Nagoya, Kagamigahara, Hamamatsu, and Komaki.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly the heaviest and most successful mission of the month, bombing hangars and revetments at Matsuwa airfield.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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