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31st January 1945

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Events On This Day

Conference at Malta begins. Churchill, Eden, Stettinius, and the Combined Chiefs of Staff discuss Western Front strategy, Anglo-United States forces of occupation in Germany, and shipping problems.

Eighth Air Force. 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and 4 groups of escorting fighters are recalled from mission against targets in Germany because of expected bad weather at United Kingdom bases and heavy clouds.

Ninth Air Force. All operations cancelled due to weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railroad bridges at Chiusaforte, Voghera, Lavis, Rovereto, and San Michele all' Adige, and marshalling yard at Rovereto, with only fair results. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit bridges, rail lines, trains, vehicles, and other targets over wide spread areas of North Italy. During 30-31 January 1945, light bombers hit several railroad targets during intruder missions in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 670 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Moosbierbaum oil refinery, marshalling yards at Graz and Maribor, and scattered targets. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly over 300 escorting sorties for the heavy bombers. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort and drop supplies into Austria. During 30-31 January 1945, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troops and stores at Namlan. 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack troops and supplies at several locations including Namawtawng, Tawkut, Mong Long, Hsipaw, Hsenwi, and Namhpakka. Transports complete 535 sorties to forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe targets along Pinghan railroad.

Thirteenth Air Force. General Barnes again assumes command of XIII Fighter Command.

Seventh Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb airfields and antiaircraft defences on Iwo Jima. During 31 January 1945 to 1 February 1945, 9 more heavy bombers, flying single bomber harassment strikes, hit the island.

Berlin A Hospital ship
Sunk 31 January 1945

M382 Minesweeper
Sunk 31 January 1945

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