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20th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 407 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipyard and dock area at Hamburg and oil refinery at Hemmingstedt. Fighters of 8 groups complete 298 effective sorties in support.

Ninth Air Force. 360 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Geisecke marshalling yard, Sythen ammunition filling plant, town of Gronau including a rail bridge, and several casual targets in or near 9 other towns. Fighters escort medium bombers and light bombers, fly patrols and armed reconnaissance, support United States III and VII Corps just East of the Rhine River between Bad Honningen and the Sieg River, and XII and XX Corps as they push to the Rhine River at Worms and at a point North of Mannheim.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) XXII Tactical Air Command light bombers during 19-20 March 1945, continue intruder missions into Po Valley while fighters and fighter-bombers pound command targets in the Valley during the day and severely damage fuel dumps near Mantua. Medium bombers hit 4 bridges on Brenner line and 2 others in Northeast Italy and hit other bridge approaches nearby.

Fifteenth Air Force. 760 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, with fighters escort, hit Korneuburg and Kagran oil refineries, marshalling yards at Wels, Sankt Polten, Amstetten, Wiener Neustadt, and Klagenfurt, and tank works at Steyr. Routine supply, reconnaissance, and escort missions continue.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep roads South of bomb line in Central Burma. 16 others hit supply dumps behind Japanese lines. Transports continue to supply forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters claim 11 trucks destroyed and 9 damaged between Son La and Hoa Binh.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers fly numerous ground support missions and hit targets at Balete Pass, Bayombong, Tuguegarao, Antamok, San Fernando, Bontoc and along roads. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound supply and personnel area East of Cebu City and North of Mambaling, defensive positions North West of Talisay and antiaircraft guns to the North, and also bomb Talisay. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb town of Tainan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on shipping sweep sink 3 small vessels near Qui Nhon.

Seventh Air Force. 12 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Susaki airfield. During 20-21 March 1945, 4 other heavy bombers fly single strikes against the airfield.

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

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hornchurch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Parslow Common.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sidcup.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mayland.

M15 Minesweeper
Sunk 20 March 1945

M16 Minesweeper
Is attacked by Allied aircraft.

M608 Minesweeper
Commissioned 20 March 1945

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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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