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30th March 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 1,250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Kriegsmarine U-boat yards and port areas at Hamburg, Bremen, and Wilhelmshaven, and oil storage and city area at Hamburg and Bremen. 16 fighters groups provide close and area support.

Ninth Air Force. 337 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack Bad Oeynhausen tank factory, Munden ordnance depot, Ebenhausen oil depot, 2 town areas and 6 targets, and drop leaflets. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols and armed reconnaissance, and support ground forces Fighter support is provided for United States 3d and 7th Armoured Divisions near Paderborn and at Edersee dam on Eder River, XII Corps North of Frankfurt Main, XX Corps in Hersfeld and Hanau areas, and XVI Corps in Marl, Polsum area.

Twelfth Air Force. During 29-30 March 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers continue to pound Po River crossings, loading points, and other command in Po Valley. During the day XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers fly some 400 sorties against fuel and ammunition dumps, stores, bridges, rail lines, marshalling yards, buildings, motor vehicles, trains, and a variety of targets over wide areas of North Italy. Weather forces medium bombers to attack mainly alternate targets. The B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad bridges or bridge approaches at San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Rovereto, Chiari, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Legnago, Ora, and Romano di Lombardia.

Fifteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vienna North stations and goods depot, Graz and Klagenfurt, Kapfenberg tank works, and several minor targets. 28 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Zagreb, Graz area. Others fly reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. In Central Burma battle area 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit enemy troops and supplies at Loiwing, Pawngleng, and Nawnghkio. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit personnel, supply area, and trucks behind enemy lines in and near Laihka and at Kongleng. 7 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack road bridges, knocking out bridge at Loi Putau. Transports complete 612 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 24 P-40 fighters, knock out bridge at Chungmow. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hsuchang, 9 bomb Changanyi, and 9 pound Yanglowtung railroad yards. 15 P-40 fighters fly escort. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Samah Bay area. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hankow airfield, 2 bomb Neihsiang, and single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets around Fangcheng, Nanyang, and Anlu. 100 fighter-bombers over South and East China hit troops, railroad targets, trucks, tanks, supplies, and river craft especially around Hankow, Wuchang, Kanchou, and Hangchow. Airfield area at Kanchou and airfield and railroad yards at Hangchow are hit particularly hard.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Balete Pass and Solvec Cove areas. P-38 Lightning fighters hit artillery positions in Santa Fe area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Legaspi Port and nearby Little Batsan. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers continue ground support missions in Laguna de Bay area and West of Fort Stotsenburg. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers support ground forces on Cebu. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Bongao Island, Sanga Sanga, and Kuching area.

Twentieth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's attack Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya shortly past midnight during 30-31 March 1945, while 80 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's mine Shimonoseki Strait.

Seventh Air Force. 10 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Marcus. During the night 5 others individually strike Chichi Jima airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cancel shipping strike because of weather.

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Sunk 30 March 1945

M329 Minesweeper
Sunk 30 March 1945

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