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28th February 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,054 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers using blind bombing techniques strike 6 marshalling yards, 2 rail viaducts, a tank plant, and a few targets in West Central Germany. 9 fighters groups give close escort, airplanes from 5 groups later strafing ground targets. 5 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups conduct successful strafing attacks on numerous targets while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters group bombs marshalling yards and factory buildings.

Ninth Air Force. 340 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and A-26s bomb rail bridges at Mayen, Niederscheld, and Colbe, Unna ordnance depot, Kamp road junction, Siegen and Sankt Wendel marshalling yards, town of Rheinburg, and targets. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly sweeps, patrols, and armed recon, attack special targets, and support United States 3rd Armoured Division at Paffendorf bridgehead, United States Ninth Army elements near Monchen Gladbach and Neuss 2nd Armoured Division reaches point within 6 miles of the Rhine, and VIII, VII, and XX Corps between the Prum and Kyll Rivers and near Trier.

Twelfth Air Force. On 27-28 February 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack a few marshalling yards, bridges, rail lines, and general movement but because of bad weather are recalled by midnight. XII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers continue to pound command and other targets, including Ghedi and Vicenza airfields, ammunition dumps near Codroipo and West of Villafranca di Verona, and shell loading plant South West of Piacenza. medium bombers bomb bridges at Ala, Santa Margherita d'Adige, San Michele all'Adige, Ponte di Piave, and Pordenone, and railway embarkment at Salorno.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 680 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Lienz, Ora, Bolzano, Vipiteno, Vicenza, Fortezza, Bressanone, Brunico, Brescia, and Conegliano, and bridges at Albes and Verona-Parona di Valpolicella. 109 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. 75 P-38 Lightning fighters divebomb Sankt Veit an der Glan marshalling yard and strafe rail lines in Sankt Veit Klagenfurt Villach Ljubljana areas. Other P-38 Lightning fightersand P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe rail traffic around Bruck an der Mur, Innsbruck, klagenfurt, Worgl, and Passau, and attack Bjelovar airfield, destroying enemy held B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters. Recon and supply flights are maintained.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighterss support forces of British 36th Division in Mongmit area. 75 fighter-bombers continue pounding troop concentrations, supply dumps, and road traffic behind enemy lines, 552 transport sorties are flown, landing men and supplies at forward bases and dropping supplies to front line troops.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets in Hsiang River Valley while 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets Northeast of Hengyang. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damages a cargo vessel in South China Sea.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike airfields at Sandaken and Labuan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Caldera Point and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit San Roque airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly napalm raid against Sanga Sanga airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 8 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Susaki airfield. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Sasa airfield. During 28 February 1945 to 1 March 1945, 6 heavy bombers from Guam, flying seperate harassment strikes, bomb Susaki airfield again.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit New Hall Green.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Enfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit East Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Erith.

R177 R-boat
Sunk 28 February 1945

R419 R-boat
Launched 28 February 1945

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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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