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3rd March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,048 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 6 forces bomb 10 primary targets 6 oil refineries, an oil plant equipment works, motor transport factory, tank plant, and a rail bridge in North Central and East Germany along with several secondaries, last resort targets, and targets including marshalling yards, casting plant, tank plant, and industrial and city areas. 657 effective fighters sorties are flown in support. Fighters also strafe ground targets.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division hits Wiesbaden, Giessen, Bergisch Born, and Nahbollenbach ordnance and storage depots, rail bridges at Remagen and Simmern, command centre at Heimersheim, motor transport concentration at Schwelm, Rheinbach ammunition dump, Kirn marshalling yard and town, and several targets. Fighters fly bomber escort, hit special targets, fly patrols and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 9th Infantry Division, 3d Armoured Division, and VII Corps astride Erft River West of Euskirchen and area near Roggendorf West of the Rhine River, XIII, XVI, and XIX Corps East of Sevelen, Northeast of Krefeld, and West of the Rhine in Dusseldorf area, and VIII, XII, and XX Corps in the area between the Prum and Kyll River and along the Mosel in Trier area.

Twelfth Air Force. Overcast skies and turbulent winds hamper medium bombers missions against command in Brenner area, allowing only limited success against targets. Crema and Fidenza bridges in Po Valley are damaged. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers, destroy a sugar refinery at Verona and achieve good results against command and dumps in Central Po Valley and Brenner area. Other fighters and fighter-bombers support United States Fifth Army South of Bologna. A-20 Havoc light bombers during 2-3 March 1945, hit roads, ammunition supplies, and vehicles at several points in Po Valley, particularly in Bologna, Modena regions, and bomb Legnano marshalling yard.

Fifteenth Air Force. Rapidly deteriorating weather cancels bombing operations. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe rail traffic between Leibuitz and South West of Spittal an der Drau and attack airfields South of Graz. P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, of 6 dispatched, drops supplies in North Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces of Chinese 50th Division near Mansam. 16 support British 36th Division in Mogok area. 10 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out Nalang bridge while 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers drop delay-action bombs in good pattern around Loi-leng bridge. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers join 80 fighter-bombers in attack on troops, supplies, tanks, trucks, gun positions, and transport elephants behind enemy lines. 29 of the fighter-bombers concentrate on Kankang area. 643 air supply sorties are completed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea attack shipping targets, claiming 1 vessel sunk and 3 damaged. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kep, damaging several locomotives and boxcars and hit a bridge. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers over Indochina hit targets between Vinh and Nam Dinh 2 direct hits are scored on bridge at Minh Koi while 2 others blast Headquarters building in Hanoi.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Tainan area and Kiirun while fighters sweeping over Formosa hit numerous targets. Fighter-bombers bomb Koshun airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb San Roque airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Zettle Field. Echague, Ternate, and Caballo Island areas are bombed by A-20 Havoc light bombers. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, aborting strike against Formosa, bomb airstrip at Basco.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam pound Susaki Airfield in afternoon strike, and 4 more, flying individual strikes, hit same target during 3-4 March 1945.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Foulness Island.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Edmonton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Theydon Bois.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sevenoaks.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Deptford.

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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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