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28th April 1945

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Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents all Ninth Air Force combat operations.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather severely curtails operations. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers, flying just over 100 sorties, hit enemy movement in battle area at several points from South of Piacenza to North West of Milan. Medium bombers are grounded. Partisans apprehend Mussolini who dies before a firing squad on Lake Como.

Fifteenth Air Force. Continued bad weather cancels heavy bomber operations and limits fighters to escort and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters attack cavalry regiment and supplies in Nawhok area. 6 others hit bivouac area near Pawngleng. 22 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters are detailed to strike at troops, artillery positions, trucks, elephants, and carts along and behind enemy lines in Central Burma. Despite bad weather most of the fighter-bombers complete missions. Transports make 441 flights to forward areas, landing or dropping 610 tons of supplies.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Paoching airfield and Shaho railroad yards, knock out bridge near Kaifeng, and damage bridge West of Showyang. About 80 fighter-bombers attack troops, airfields, storage facilities, railroad targets, river craft, trucks, and enemy positions in South and East China, again concentrating on Fantung area. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claims a freighter sunk in South China Sea.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets in Itogon area of North Luzon. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Itogon mines and start fires among huts at Fabrica. Fighter-bombers attack Balete Pass, Cagayan Valley, Tuguegarao, Trinidad, and Cervantes. In South Luzon A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces at various points including Batangas sector and hit targets around Norzagaray, Ipo Dam, Montalban, New Bosoboso, and along San Andres trail. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Toshien and several secondary targets. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kuching while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tarakan Island and targets along Sarawak coast. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Celebes bomb Masamba, Malimpoeng, and Mandai airfields. B-26 Marauder medium bombers sink about 20,000 tons of merchant shipping in Saigon harbour.

Twentieth Air Force. Approximately 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit airfields at Kushira, Kanoya, Miyakonojo, Kokubu, Miyazaki, and Izumi. The very heavy bombers claim a total of 14 downed fighters.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit Param Island during early morning hours. 12 more attack Param during the afternoon. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan sweep Truk, strafing small vessels and airfields at Param and Moen.

Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are executed by Italian partisans as they attempt to flee the country. Their bodies are then hung by their heels in the public square of Milan.

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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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