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25th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Almost 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil storage depots near Brunswick, Hamburg, and Lauenburg. 5 fighters groups provide escort. Over 700 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are recalled because of bad weather. 1 group of P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb ammunition dump.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division hits 4 command centres, 3 marshalling yards, and targets, including antiaircraft positions. Fighters fly escort, armed reconnaissance, and missions against several ground targets. Fighters support United States 79th Infantry Division as it pushes 2 miles to the East of the Rhine Southeast of Wesel, III and VII Corps as they begin breakout assault toward Altenkirchen and in Epgert and Willroth areas, and XII Corps as it establishes bridgeheads on the Main in Hanau and Aschaffenburg areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 24-25 March 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers continue intruder missions, attacking Po River crossings and railroad and motor transport targets. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, during the day, raid railroad bridges and lines, hitting targets at Lavis, Casarsa della Delizia, San Michele all'Adige, Pavia, Santa Margherita d'Adige, and other points in Po Valley and Northeast Italy, and bomb fuel dumps North of battle area. 6 medium bombers missions against bridges and fills in Italy and Austria are ineffective because of bad weather.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 650 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike 2 airfields and a tank works at Prague patterns of bombs also hit 2 other nearby airfields and an airfield at Cheb. Alternate targets bombed include Wels and Udine airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escort heavy bombers, and sweep and strafe Nurnberg, Eibelstadt, Wurzburg, Regensburg areas, and fly reconnaissance operations.

Tenth Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces of Chinese 50th Division in Hsipaw area. 44 fighter-bombers and 14 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack troops and supplies and hit targets along roads behind battle line in Central Burma. 557 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 150 fighters, operating individually and in flights of up to 8 aircraft, continue attacks on numerous targets including river, road, and rail traffic, airfields, troop concentrations, storage areas, horses, and gun positions throughout South and East China.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Cebu City is thoroughly pounded by nearly 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Legaspi, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers fly numerous ground support missions throughout Luzon, especially between Montalban and Laguna de Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Pandanan Island.

Seventh Air Force. 16 Iwo based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb and strafe Susaki airfield, and naval and radar installations on Chichi Jima. 16 more follow with attacks on radar station and personnel concentration on the island. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb defences on Cebu Island. During 25-26 March 1945, 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Susaki airfield. Marines complete reduction of final resistance pocket on Iwo Jima.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit St Pancras.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Enfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stepney.

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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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