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24th February 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,050 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 4 oil refineries, 3 marshalling yards, shipyards, 2 rail bridges, an industrial area, and a city area all in Germany. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups support the heavy bombers, 8 of them strafing numerous ground targets.

Ninth Air Force. Almost 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit 5 command centres, 2 marshalling yards, 3 rail bridges, 6 town areas, and a target as part of interdiction operations against troops during Rhineland campaign. Fighters support 8th and 104th Infantry Divisions in Duren area, XIII and XIX Corps at Roer River bridgehead area, and VIII, XII, and XX Corps East of and along Prum River and in Saarlautern area.

Twelfth Air Force. During 23-24 February 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yards, including those at Castelfranco Veneto, Rovereto, Villafranca di Verona, and Legnago, and airfields at Villafranca di Verona, Ghedi, and Bergamo. Medium bombers bomb rail lines, bridges, bridge approaches, and fills at Bozzolo, Santa Margherita d'Adige, San Michele all'Adige, Pizzighetone, and Lavis, and severely damage Sesto Calende industrial complex. Fighter-bombers hit command, mainly airfields, railroad bridges, lines, and marshalling yards at several points including Villafranca, Calliano, North of Nervesa della Battaglia, North of Santa Margherita d'Adige, Bergamo, Pavullo nel Frigano, Isola della Scala, and Motta di Livenza. Fighters and fighter-bombers support United States Fifth Army forces, hitting gun positions in advance of battle front, at Montese and East of Modena, and blast targets in battle area as 10th Mountain Division reaches summit of Monte Torraccia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers with fighters escorts attack Udine, Padua, Verona, and Ferrara marshalling yards and Ferrara railroad bridge, marshalling yards at Graz and Klagenfurt, and several targets. During previous night 20 heavy bombers continue supply drops in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters in close support of ground forces near Lashio pound vehicle and troop concentration. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and about 125 fighter-bombers strike against targets immediately behind lines, hitting troops, supply areas, occupied towns and villages, vehicles, and general targets. Transports complete 600 sorties carrying men and supplies to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on individual sweeps over South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin claim 4 vessels sunk.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). On Luzon, strikes in support of ground forces continue, especially West of Fort Stotsenburg. Fighter-bombers attack forces holding out on Corregidor. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sepinggang and Manggar airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sweep off China coast, bombing naval base at Ryukyu-Sho.

Twentieth Air Force. In an all incendiary attack 105 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit Empire Dock area at Singapore, burning out about 40 per cent of the warehouse area. This is the last 100 aircraft strike of XX Bomber Demand.

Seventh Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Ising. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance from Guam bomb Marcus airfields. During 24-25 February 1945, 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers out of Guam fly individual snooper strikes against Chichi Jima airfields and town of Okimura.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on shipping sweep attack Hayakegawa. Returning, the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sight and photograph a Japanese bomb carrying balloon.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

R288 R-boat
Commissioned 24 February 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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