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30th April 1945

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Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot on 30 April 1945 in his Führerbunker in Berlin. His wife Eva Braun committed suicide with him by ingesting cyanide. That afternoon, in accordance with Adolf Hitler's prior instructions, their remains were carried up the stairs through the bunker's emergency exit, doused in petrol and set alight in the Reich Chancellery garden outside the bunker.

Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division and XXIX Tactical Air Command operations. IX Tactical Air Command flies Air Force cover, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance. XIX Tactical Air Command flies patrols and armed reconnaissance, and co-operates with XII Corps moving Southeast between the Danube and the Czech border North of Linz and with XX Corps crossing the Isar River at several points in Landau an der Isar, Land shut area.

Twelfth Air Force. During 29-30 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers hit motor transport near Lake Como and roads in Trento, San Michele all'Adige, and Bolzano areas. Bad weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance over North Italy, blasting guns vehicles, and other targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. For fourth consecutive day bad weather cancels heavy bomber operations. P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers. Other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters escort supply dropping missions to North Italy and Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. Bad weather cancels scheduled combat strikes. Air supply operations to forward areas continue on a steady basis.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 9 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit railroad yards at Taiyuan. 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters attack troops, defensive positions, bridges, rail targets, and scattered targets in South and East China, concentrating around Laohokow, Hsihhsiassuchi, and Loning.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Toshien fuel storage and bomb Tainan, Takao, and Okayama airfields while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Taito. Escorting P-38 Lightning fighters attack numerous targets. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Okayama airfield. Numerous missions are flown over Luzon and Negros by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers in support of ground forces. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Davao area. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tarakan and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Manggar airfield. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Malimpoeng airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit airfields at Tachikawa, Kanoya (2), Kokubu, Oita, Tomitaka, and Saeki, and city of Hamamatsu. 20 other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit alternates and targets. The very heavy bombers claim 10 aircraft downed. Fighters sent from VII Fighter Command to provide very long range escort fail to rendezvous.

Seventh Air Force. In a thorough strafing and rocket strike on several islands of Truk Atoll, 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan attack seaplane base, several small vessels, airfield, barracks, radio station, and numerous other targets. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam pound the airfields on Moen and Param. 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating in 2 waves about 3 hours apart, bomb air installations on Marcus.

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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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