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23rd April 1945

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Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels combat operations by 9th Bomber Division. Fighters patrol Magdeburg area and United States Third Army front East of Bayreuth, Nurnberg area, fly armed reconnaissance over East Germany and West Czechoslovakia, and operate in conjunction with XII Corps as it presses forward North of Regensburg between Danube River and Czech Border. Soviet Army forces enter Berlin.

Twelfth Air Force. During 22-23 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers and night fighters hit Po crossings, marshalling yard, airfields, vehicles, trains, and targets in general in North and West Po Valley. During the day medium bombers pound Po crossings, road bridges over Brenta River, and hit Brenner rail line at 4 points. The fighters and fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance in North and West Po Valley attack motor transport, road bridges, and numerous targets in support of United States Fifth Army, elements of which cross the Po River.

Fifteenth Air Force. 719 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack bridges over Brenta and Adige Rivers at Bonavigo, Zevio, Albaredo d'Adige, Legnano (2), Badia, Padua (3), and Cavarzere and hit supply dump at Peschiera del Garda. 165 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance of Northeast Italy bomb and strafe rail and road bridges, highways, trains and vehicles, and other targets. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance. Other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort reconnaissance flights and Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions against targets in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-61 Black Widow, night fighters attack with napalm, rockets, and cannon several targets during sweeps from Laihka to Loilem to Hopong to Wan Yin. Laihka airfields, bridge South of Wan Yin, trucks, and other targets are successfully pounded. 40 fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations along and behind lines at several points including Loilem, Nawng Leng, Mong Pawn, and Naungtaw. Bridge at Namhkok is temporarily out due to bomb damage to approaches. 570 transport sorties are flown to forward areas throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Hsuchang railroad yards, completely demolishing a locomotive repair shop. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack targets in South China Sea. 39 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack troops, horses, trains, and river craft at or near Taiku, Shanhsien, Nanyang, Hsihhsiassuchi, Loning, Sinyang, Chenghsien, Sichuan, Lushan, and along Pinghan railroad, and render a railroad tunnel near Sinyang unusable.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Shinei railroad yards. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Karenko airfield and P-38 Lightning fighters attack various targets. Fighter-bombers continue to support ground forces in North and South parts of Luzon pounding numerous artillery positions, supply areas, and general targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb military depot at Shanghai and shipping in Yulin harbour on Hainan Island. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's also hit Hainan and Woody Islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb naval base at Saigon. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Sepinggang and Jesselton. P-38 Lightning fighters drop napalm on Tarakan Island targets. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly shipping sweep over Makassar Strait and damage several small vessels.

Seventh Air Force. First element of Seventh Air Force, a detachment of 28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, arrives on Okinawa. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam pound positions at Marcus.

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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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