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3rd May 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 390 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers drop food supplies at Schiphol and Alkmnar airfields, and near Vogelenzang, Hilversum, and Utrecht.

Ninth Air Force. 132 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-26 Invader light bombers on final 9th Bomber Division raid bomb Stod ammunition plant. IX Tactical Air Command escorts 9th Bomber Division and C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and flies Air Force cover. XIX Tactical Air Command patrols United States Third Army front, flies armed reconnaissance over Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in front line areas and around Kiel and Lubeck, and escorts 9th Bomber Division. XXIX Tactical Air Command escorts C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft, flies sweeps, and hits shipping in Kiel, Lubeck area.

Twelfth Air Force. To assure that the enemy implements surrender terms and to observe road activity, fighters fly reconnaissance missions over North Italy and South West Austria. Medium bombers drop leaflets in several areas where enemy troops might be unaware of the surrender.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather again restricts operations to reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort missions by 20 P-38 Lightning fighters and escort of Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers leaflet dropping mission in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. With the fall of Rangoon on this date Indian 26th Division elements occupy the city, the war against the Japanese in Burma is successfully concluded. Pockets of resistance remain West of the Irrawaddy and between that river and the Mandalay Pegu railway. However, during May Army Air Force operations are reduced drastically due to lack of suitable air targets and because of the onset of bad weather preceding the monsoon. Tenth Air Force is withdrawn from combat and moved back to India 15 May 1945. 1 squadron of P-38 Lightning fighters remains in Burma to patrol the roads leading into China.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 fighter-bombers attack truck convoys in Hsiang Valley and near Paoching, Changsha, and Hengyang, and pound railroad targets of opportunity and bridges in Taiku, Singtai, and Linfen areas. 90 fighter-bombers attack troops, town areas, ammunition dumps, river shipping and other targets over wide areas of South and East China.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Saigon is bombed by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, which greatly damage a boatyard and oil storage areas. On Luzon B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound Ipo area while A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighters support ground forces. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue support of ground forces on Tarakan and, with B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, carry out small raids against number out targets on Borneo and Celebes. Manggar airfield is heavily hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy aeroplanes hit warehouses in Brunei Bay area.

Twentieth Air Force. 68 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb airfields at Tachiarai, Miyazaki, Miyakonojo, Kanoya (2), and Kokubu. 88 other B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's mine Shimonoseki Strait and Inland Sea. 10 fighters are claimed destroyed by B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's on the Tachiarai mission.

Seventh Air Force. 10 Guam based 1,324's United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bomb airfields and targets on several islands of Truk Atoll. During 3-4 May 1945, 8 more separately strike Param, Eten, Moen, and Truk airfields.

Z43 Destroyer
Scuttled 3 May 1945

Emden Light cruiser
Scuttled 3 May 1945

Admiral Hipper Heavy cruiser
Scuttled 3 May 1945

T8 Torpedo boat
Sunk 3 May 1945

T9 Torpedo boat
Sunk 3 May 1945

F3 Escort
Sunk 3 May 1945

Cap Arcona Troop ship
Sunk 3 May 1945

Deutschland Troop ship
Sunk 3 May 1945

R309 R-boat
Is transferred to Sogne.

M14 Minesweeper
Sunk 3 May 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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