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4th April 1945

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Joint Chiefs of Staff designates General MacArthur Commander-in-Chief, United States Army Forces, Pacific (CINCUSAFPAC) and Admiral Nimitz Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA).

Eighth Air Force. 939 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, supported by 826 effective fighters sorties, bomb 5 airfields and 2 landing grounds in North Germany, submarine yards at Hamburg and Kiel, and munitions plant near Ulzen.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) XXIX Tactical Air Command returns to operational control of Ninth Air Force from Second Tactical Air Force as United States Ninth Army reverts to control of 12th Army Group from 21st Army Group. The British ground and air Headquarters have operationally controlled XXIX Tactical Air Command and Ninth Army since shortly after the Ardennes breakthrough and the Battle of the Bulge. 330 medium bombers and light bombers hit Ebrach oil depot, Crailsheim marshalling yard and barracks area, Grossaspach supply depot, town of Ellswangen, Backnang rail and road junction, and 2 targets. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, attack special targets, and support United States 104th Infantry Division at Scherfede and Hardehausen, 9th Armoured Division in Warburg area, XX Corps in Muhlhausen, Kassel areas, 2d and 5th Armoured Divisions in Hameln and Minden areas on the Weser River, and 8th Armoured Division as it assaults Ruhr pocket in Lippstadt area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to blast command along Brenner rail line, ranging from railroad bridge at Drauburg to Camposanto railroad bridge. The medium bombers also inflict considerable damage on Merano methanol plant. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters concentrate on enemy movement, rail lines, and ammunition and fuel dumps throughout Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Again bad weather prevents heavy bomber operations and limits effort to reconnaissance and escort missions and to strafing attacks by 94 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on rail traffic in Munich, Regensburg, Plzen, Linz, and Gmunden areas.

Tenth Air Force. Combat operations are restricted to attacks on a troop concentration and rice and fuel supplies behind enemy lines in Central Burma. Transports operate on steady basis throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink a junk in Gulf of Tonkin. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe trucks around Dien Bien Phu, Moc Chau, and Son La.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Toyohara airfield, Mako harbour, and Tokichito Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Shinchiku factories and rail yards. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour at Hong Kong. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound various targets in Central Luzon while A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Calauag area. A-20 Havoc light bombers pound North West Negros and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets in Central Mindanao.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur hit building at Bunawan.

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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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