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21st April 1945

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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 20-21 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 areas.

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, and Shanhsien.

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