Eighth Air Force. More than 700 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers dispatched against 6 airfields in Denmark,
along with 12 fighters groups, abandon mission because of
bad weather in target area.
Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents operations by United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division and XXIX Tactical
Air Command. IX and XIX Tactical Air Commands fly patrols
and armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of Germany claiming
17 aeroplanes downed and IX Tactical Air Command supports
United States 9th Armoured Division at Diemel River bridgehead
Twelfth Air Force. General Chidlaw takes command of Twelfth
Air Force (in Italy) and will shortly take over Mediterranean
Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) also. A-20 Havoc light bombers
and A-26 Invader light bombers continue intruder missions
April 1945, concentrating on Po River crossings and other
Po Valley command targets. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb
railroad bridges at Fornovo di Taro, Drauburg, San Michele
all' Adige, Matrei am Brenner, Steinach, and Colle Isarco,
and railroad fill at Vo Sinistro. Fighters and fighter-bombers
again hit command in Po Valley but divert seizable escort
to attacks on methane plants in Central Po area. The P-47
Thunderbolt fighters are attacked by about 40 fighters during
the day, 13 are claimed destroyed.
Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 600 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb command targets
in Austria including marshalling yards at Graz, Sankt Polten,
and Krems, and railroad bridge on Sulm River. 38 P-38 Lightning
fighters dive-bomb railroad bridge at Wildon. 71 P-38 Lightning
fighters and 55 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe Vienna,
Munich and Wiener Neustadt, Maribor rail traffic. Others carry
out photo and weather reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort
Tenth Air Force. Bad weather cancels all offensive missions.
Air supply missions continue with 469 sorties being flown
to forward areas.
Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge Southeast of
That Khe, bomb town area of Vinh, damage bridge approaches
at Kep, hit shipping and other targets along coast of Gulf
of Tonkin, and blast town area of Luc Nam. 25 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers attack trucks, tanks, river craft, and targets
at Sichuan, Neihsiang, Sinyang, Mingkiang, Siangtan, Kweiping,
Nanning, and Hengshan. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb
Kowloon Docks and hit shipping at Bakli Bay and Samah Bay.
32 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound airfields in Shanghai
area. 140 other fighter-bombers attack numerous targets scattered
throughout South and East China, including troops, trucks,
horses, river shipping, bridges, gun positions, airfields,
rail traffic, and town areas.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour at Hong Kong. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack Bamban
bridges, Balete Pass Baguio area and Penablanca. Troops at
Cebu City and on Negros are bombed by B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers and fighter-bombers. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb Sarangani Bay area. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
hit Sandakan shipyards and Tawau airfield. Bongao Island is
hit by heavy bombers.
Twentieth Air Force. During the first 4 hours after midnight
1945, 6 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's mine harbour at
Kure while more than 100 bomb Nakajima aircraft factory at
Tokyo. 9 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's mine waters off
Hiroshima during 2-3
Seventh Air Force. 12 Guam based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Marcus.
Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on weather reconnaissance returns
early due to mechanical trouble. Another B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers investigates radar jamming on Kresta Point.
Sunk 2 April 1945
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