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25th May 1945

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Joint Chiefs of Staff approve directive for Operation OLYMPIC, the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, scheduled for 1 November 1945.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out a bridge North of Kioshan, damage another North of Changtuikuan, and pound railroad targets around Sinyang, Saiping, Sinantien, Hsuchang, and Chenghsien. 16 fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit various targets in Anyang, Hantan, Chenghsien, Kaifeng, Linfen, Shihkiachwang, Sinsiang, Miyanghsien, Nanyang, Tenghsien, Loning, Sichuan, and Hsuchang areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers fly numerous strikes and ground support missions. Fighter-bombers also support ground forces on Cebu Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Oelin, Fort Brook, and Tarakan Island while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kudat. P-38 Lightning fighters also support ground action on Tarakan.

Twentieth Air Force. During 25-26 May 1945, 464 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's pound urban area of Tokyo immediately South of the Imperial Palace just North of that bombed on 23-24 May 1945, including financial, commercial, and governmental districts as well as factories and homes. 26 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are lost on this mission, the highest single day loss of very heavy bombers during the Second World War. United States gunners claim 19 fighters destroyed.

VII Fighter Command. By concurrence of Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA), VII Fighter Command, with its subordinate units, is assigned to operational and administrative control of Twentieth Air Force. Iwo Jima based fighters fly 73 effective strike sorties against Matsudo and Tokorozawa.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly a radar ferret mission over Matsuwa and bomb Tagan Cape area. Another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies armed weather reconnaissance.

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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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