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
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
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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