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22nd February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,359 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack rail facilities and command targets in conjunction with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and Ninth Air Force which attack similar objectives including over 20 marshalling yards and a total of about 40 targets altogether, in North and Central Germany. Fighter participation, including escort, strafing sweeps, and weather scouting, amounts to 822 effective sorties. Fifteenth Air Force simultaneously hits targets further South.

Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force joins other United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in European Theatre of Operations (ETO) and Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (MTO), along with The British Royal Air Force (RAF), in Operation CLARION with objective of paralysing the already decimated German railway system. 450 A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers of the 9th Bomber Division bomb South West German targets including 46 rail bridges, 12 marshalling yards, 11 stations, plus junctions, roundhouses, viaduct, crossing, workshop. CLARION marks first low-level operations by medium bombers since May 1943. Over 1,000 fighters of IX, XIX, and XXIX Tactical Air Commands escort the medium bombers and light bombers, attack several assigned ground targets, fly armed reconnaissance, and co-operate with United States VIII, XII, and XX Corps along Prum River and in Saar Mosel Triangle.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers during 21-22 February 1945, attack ammunition dump, railroad bridges and lines, and road lights in Po Valley. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges and marshalling yards at Lavis, Bressanone, and Ala, cutting the bridge at Lavis and the through tracks at Ala marshalling yard. Fighters and fighter-bombers continue to support United States Fifth Army forces South and South West of Bologna and hit command targets, dumps, vehicles, and guns in and North of battle area in Apennines and in Po Valley, and bomb airfields at Ghedi and Bergamo.

Fifteenth Air Force. The Fifteenth's participation in Operation CLARION includes over 350 heavy bombers bombing 50 separate command targets in Germany, Austria, and Italy, including some 25 marshalling yards and numerous railroad lines and bridges. Fighters fly over 300 escort and strafing sorties.

Tenth Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Namhsam area. 11 closely support forces in Mongmit sector. About 100 fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations, gun positions, supply points, trucks, and animal transport in battle areas and behind enemy lines. Transports complete over 600 sorties to forward areas throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit villages, tanks, and trucks from Hsiangcheng to Hsuchang, attack railroad traffic around Sinsiang and Linfen, hit river craft, trucks, and troops in Chiuchiang area, and claim 1 freighter sunk on the Yangtze between Hankow and Nanking. A single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attacks convoys in Siang Chiang Valley near Hengyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit troop concentrations North West of Fort Stotsenburg. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Corregidor. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit concentrations at Pugo, South West of Baguio, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply areas North and West of Baguio while P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Angin and Marikina. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tarakan and Labuan airfields.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance from Guam bomb airfields on Marcus. During 22-23 February 1945, 6 heavy bombers fly individual harassment strikes against Susaki airfield and town of Okimura.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Epping.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Eynsford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Heston.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Althorne.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Warley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

R4 R-boat
Sunk 22 February 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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