Eighth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers attack Munich marshalling yard, town of Ingolstadt,
and Landsberg airfield. Around 200 other heavy bombers abort
because of bad weather. 7 fighters groups fly close support
while 1 group sweeps Munich area.
Ninth Air Force. General Stearley takes over as Commanding
General, IX Fighter Command, and also takes command of IX
Tactical Air Command. 121 bombers of 9th Bomber Division hit
Attnang, Puchheim marshalling yard. Fighters fly escort, patrols,
armed reconnaissance and co-operate with United States VIII
Corps as elements of 6th Cavalry Group cross Czechoslovakian
border to reach Hranice and, Trojmezi, XII Corps in Grafenwohr
Weiden area, and XX Corps East of Nurnberg.
Twelfth Air Force. During 20
April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers
bomb Po River crossings, with good results. Weather curtails
daytime operations but medium bombers score hits on Matrei
am Brenner bridge on Brenner rail line and in late afternoon
hit Po River crossings. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters
and fighter-bombers, grounded most of the day, fly close support
to United States Fifth Army which drives into Bologna a long
standing objective and begins to push rapidly across the plain
toward the Po River.
Fifteenth Air Force. 240 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort, bomb marshalling
yards at Rosenheim, Attnang, Puchheim, Spittal an der Drau,
and Vocklabruck. Over 400 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and
their fighters escorts, sent to attack command in North Italy,
abort due to bad weather. 138 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb
railroad lines and facilities in Munich, Rosenheim, Rattenberg
areas. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance while
P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort reconnaissance flights,
Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) medium bombers
operations to Austria, and United States and The British Royal
Air Force (RAF) supply and transport missions to Yugoslavia.
Tenth Air Force. Bad weather over Central Burma causes cancelling
or aborting of all combat missions. However, transports complete
464 sorties, landing or dropping 682 tons of supplies to forward
Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Loyang. A single B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers hits Bakli Bay targets. 30 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack railroad and road targets,
barracks area, buildings, and bridges at or near Paoching,
Chihsien, Taiku, Hsihhsiassuchi, Shaho, Linfen, Luan, Yutze,
Far East Air Force (FEAF). Far East Air Force (FEAF) continues
large-scale support of ground forces on Luzon, Cebu, Negros
and on Jolo Islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Miri,
Kudat, Manggar, and Sepinggang airfields and P-38 Lightning
fighters hit Tarakan and Sandakan, Miri Airfield, oil storage
near Lutong, and, with B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, attack
targets along South West Celebes coast.
Twentieth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
XXI Bomber Command continues to hit airfields in Japan. 217
B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's blast airfields at Oita,
Kanoya (2), Usa, Kokubu, Kushira, Tachiarai, Izumi, and Nittagahara.
Other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit targets including
city of Kagoshima.
Seventh Air Force. 18 Guam based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Marcus.
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