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4th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb targets in South West Germany. Bad weather causes over 300 aborts. 656 heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Ulm, Ingolstadt, Oflfenburg, military vehicle plants and ordnance depot at Ulm, jet aircraft plant at Schwabmunchen, and 6 city areas. 13 fighters groups fly 467 uneventful supporting sorties.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and A-26 Invader light bombers strike marshalling yards and rail junction at Recklinghausen, Lenkerbeck, and Herne, command centres at Bruhl, Sechtem, and Rheinbach, and several other targets including rail bridge and towns. Weather limits fighters operations. A few fighters fly armed reconnaissance East of the Rhine and others fly cover for XX Corps.

Twelfth Air Force. Good flying weather permits full-scale effort by Twelfth Air Force. Medium bombers hit 7 railroad bridges on Brenner line and in Northeast Italy. Salorno railroad fill receives a particularly good concentration of bombs. XXII Tactical Air Command P-47 Thunderbolt fighters concentrate on command targets in Po Valley, knocking out a span of the Cittadella railway bridge. Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt fighters blast ammunition dump at Villafranca di Verona. A-20 Havoc light bombers during 3-4 March 1945, bomb bridge and bridge approaches at Casarsa della Delizia, Ostiglia, and Nervesa della Battaglia, radar station at Vignola, and lights, motor transport, roads, and other targets at over 30 places in the Central Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 630 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb marshalling yards at Sopron (2), Szombathely, Knittelfeld, Zelfweg, Graz, Sankt Veit an der Glan, Wiener Neustadt, Zagreb (2) and Ljubljana, and several scattered targets. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort, drop supplies in Yugoslavia. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort operations.

Tenth Air Force. 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations, villages, roads, tanks, trucks, animal transport, and supplies along and immediately behind the battle lines running from South West to Northeast across Central Burma. Meiktila is largely occupied by forces of Indian 17th Division.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on sea sweep damage a destroyer escort in South China Sea.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sasa and Likanan airfields and town of Zamboanga and pound gun positions, ammunition storage, and target South at Antipolo and Wawa, supply dumps and town area at Bamban, targets in Cagayan Valley, fortifications on Caballo Island, and airfields at Aparri and Tuguegarao.

Twentieth Air Force. General Giles becomes Deputy Commander of Twentieth Air Force and Commending General Of Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA). A B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber makes an emergency landing on Iwo Jima. This begins a series of over 2,400 such emergency landings on the island during Second World War. 192 Marinanas based B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are airborne against Musashino (Musashi) but heavy clouds prevent bombing the primary. 159 of the very heavy bombers bomb secondary target, the urban areas of Tokyo, and almost 20 others hit alternate targets. This aborted try at Musashino marks end of XXI Bomber Command's effort to knock out Japanese aircraft industry by high-altitude, daylight precision bombing. The indirect effect of causing Japanese industrialists to lose confidence in their supposed immunity from air attacks exceeds the effect of actual bomb damage to the aircraft industry. During 4-5 March 1945, 11 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, staging from Luliang, mine the confluence of the Hwangpoo and Yangtze Rivers and the Tai-hsing Narrows. 1 very heavy bomber drops mines at Tungting Lake.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb Susaki airfield. During 4-5 March 1945, 3 heavy bombers make separate harassment raids on the airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Havering atte Bower.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Penshurst.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bermondsey.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chingford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Mouth of the Thames.

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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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