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22nd April 1945

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Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) XXIX Tactical Air Command moves operational Headquarters to Brunswick. Weather prevents combat operations by 9th Bomber Division and IX Tactical Air Command. XIX Tactical Air Command flies armed reconnaissance over East Germany and West Czechoslovakia, flies area cover over Wurzburg, Bayreuth areas, patrols Third Army front Bayreuth, Nurnberg areas, and XII Corps in German Czechoslovakian border area near Weiden.

Twelfth Air Force. Entire night and day effort is concentrated against Wehrmacht forces retreating North across the Po River in face of allied forces which send advance elements racing to South bank. Medium bombers fly 16 missions against ferries and pontoon bridge sites on the Po between Casalmaggiore and Polesella. XXII Tactical Air Command light bombers, fighter-bombers, and fighters maintain night and day attacks on Po crossings and enemy movement. The command claims over 900 motor and horse drawn vehicles destroyed.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all heavy bomber operations. 258 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly armed reconnaissance over Northeast Italy, bombing marshalling yards, bridges, railroads, highways, and several buildings and strafing an airfield, rail and road traffic, and numerous other targets. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance while P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort reconnaissance and supply missions.

Tenth Air Force. Bad weather again cancels scheduled air strikes. 464 transport sorties fly 664 tons of supplies to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets at Bakli Bay and Canton. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hsuchang and hit area to the North West. 19 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack trains, trucks, troops, horses, and town areas at or near Linfen, Luan, Sincheng, Fentingfukou, Taiku, Chenghsien, Sinsiang, and Kaifeng.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Numerous missions in support of ground forces on Luzon, Cebu, and Negros continue. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Manggar and Jesselton airfields, B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit Tarakan, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kuching. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit shipping and harbour installations at Saigon.

Twentieth Air Force. Strikes against airfields continue. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb airfields at Izumi, Kushira, Miyazaki, Tomitaka, and Kanoya.

VII Fighter Command. 99 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) effective sorties are flown during fighters attack from Iwo Jima against Akenogahara and Suzuko airfields. The fighters claim 10 aircraft downed and 15 destroyed on the ground.

Heinrich Himmler on 22 April 1945, through Count Bernadotte, puts forth an offer of German surrender to the Western Allies, but not the Soviet Union.

Adolf Hitler on 22 April 1945, admits defeat in his underground Berlin bunker after learning Felix Steiner could not mobilise enough men to launch a counterattack on the Russians who had just broken through.

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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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