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2nd April 1945

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Events On This Day

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 near Warburg.

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 during 1-2 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 flights.

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 on 1-2 April 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 April 1945.

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.

R256 R-boat
Sunk 2 April 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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