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3rd July 1945

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Events On This Day

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge near Suicheng while 2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escorts hit nearby antiaircraft positions. 70 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to disrupt Japanese withdrawal, attacking transport, supply, and command targets, troops, bridges and Japanese held points. The targets are near Hengyang, Paoching, Kueiyangshih, Changsha, Kweilin, Lingling, Kukong, Hankow, Siangtan, Isuho, Chiuchiang, Fahsien, Tanchuk, Lohochai, and Luichow Peninsula. The fighters and bombers also hit shipping, cement plant, airfield, and barracks area near Haiphong.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Fifth Air Force fighters fly their first mission over Japan, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers destroying floatplanes in Fukuoka harbour area. Fighter-bombers hit resistance areas in Mankayan and Kiangan sectors. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb runways at Mandai and Limboeng airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Batu Kawa airstrip Southeast of Kuching and defensive positions near Balikpapan in support of Australian drive inland.

Twentieth Air Force. Air echelon of XX Bomber Command, including General Joseph Smith, Commanding General, sails for Okinawa. The rest of the command sails in 2 lots, on 12 July 1945 and 4 August 1945, leaving only a few small detachments in India-Burma. 58th Bomber Wing earlier sailed to the Marianas. 27 February 1945. 560 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's drop incendiaries on Kochi, Himeji, Takamatsu, and Tokushima, during 3-4 July 1945. 26 others mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters at Funakawa and Maizuru during the predawn hours of the 4 July 1945.

Seventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam attack water storage buildings on Marcus. 36 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Okinawa, attacking in two flights, hit Chiran airfield.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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