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25th February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,141 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 2 tank factories, 4 marshalling yards, 2 airfields, an oil depot, and 3 targets city areas in South Central Germany. 11 fighters groups on close escort and area patrols cover the heavy bombers.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division strikes 4 rail bridges, 4 command centres, marshalling yard and 9 targets as part of interdiction campaign against Germany. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, attack assigned ground targets, fly armed reconnaissance, and support 8th and 104th Infantry Divisions in Duren area, XIII and XIX Corps East of the Roer, and VIII, XII, and XX Corps along the Prum and Saar Rivers.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers during 24-25 February 1945, attack marshalling yards at Villafranca di Verona, Cittadella, Castelfranco Veneto, Trento, and Turin, and airfields at Villafranca di Verona and Bergamo. Medium bombers cut or damage bridges at Vipiteno, Dogna, Ala, and Campo San Pietro, and railroad fill at San Felice del Benaco. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers are restricted by ground haze in Po Valley but attack rail lines, marshalling yards, rolling stock, motor transport, and dumps.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards in Amstetten, Linz (2) Villach (2), and Salzburg, plus Linz benzol plant and ordnance depot and several targets. Fighters escort and some afterwards strafe targets in Austria, Southeast Germany, and West Czechoslovakia. 37 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe railroad targets in Rosenheim, Muhldorf, Landshut, Augsburg areas. Routine reconnaissance and supply missions continue.

Tenth Air Force. In joint operations with British and Chinese army forces, l6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support British 36th Infantry Division in Mongmit sector while 31 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support Chinese 38th and 50th Divisions near Lashio and Namtu, respectively. Low B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike knocks out suspension bridge at Namsang. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 85 fighter-bombers blast troop concentrations, supply areas, road traffic, and general targets behind enemy lines. 600 transport sorties are completed to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 5 P-40 fighters, hit sampans and buildings in Puchi area. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 19 P-40 fighters pound Isuho ferry and attack river and road traffic from Siangtan to Hengyang. A single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs truck convoys South of Hengyang. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea claim damaging hits on 2 vessels. 44 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters hit bridges, river shipping, troop areas, and motor transport at Kweiyi, Paoching, and Siangtan, from Lingling to Hengyang and Leiyang, from Anjen to Chaling, North of Liuchow, and West of Ishan.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Takao. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets along East Formosa coast. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack troop concentrations on East side of Ipo River and pound Japanese positions between Ipo and Osboy. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tawau and Labuan airfields.

Twentieth Air Force. General Millard F Harmon, Commanding General Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA) and Deputy Commander of Twentieth Air Force, is lost near Kwajalein when his aircraft disappears en route to Washington DC. On 2 March 1945 General Hale, Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA deputy commander for operations, assumes Harmon's positions. 172 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb urban area of Tokyo. Around 30 others hit alternates and targets. This is XXI Bomber Command's largest mission to date and its first 3 wing strike against Japan as the 73rd and 313th Bomber Wings are joined by the 314th.

Seventh Air Force. 9 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit blockhouses, and mortar and rocket launching positions on North West part of Iwo Jima. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying separate harassment strikes, pound airfields on Chichi Jima during 25-26 February 1945.

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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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