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5th April 1945

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USSR notifies Japan that it wishes to abrogate 5 year Russo-Japanese neutrality pact signed in 1941.

Eighth Air Force. More than 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 5 marshalling yards, 4 ordnance depots, an armament works, an airfield, an aircraft parts factory, and 2 town areas in South Central Germany. 12 fighters groups support the heavy bombers.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents operations by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division. Fighters fly patrols, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 7th Armoured Divisions attack on Ruhr pocket South West of Brilon, XX Corps' drive East in Muhlhausen area, XII Corps' advance in Meiningen area, 2d Armoured Division bridgehead astride the Weser River South of Hameln, 8th Armoured Division (preparing for assault on Soest), and 5th Armoured Division near Minden.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb 5 bridges in North Italy and Austria, at Steinach, Matrei am Brenner, Modena, Salorno, and San Michele all'Adige, and blast gun positions at La Spezia. These attacks follow night raids by A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers on bridges at Lavis, Ala, San Michele all'Adige, San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Piazzola sul Brenta, Cittadella, and Montebello, and other targets. Fighters and fighter-bombers devote their largest effort to close support of ground forces, blasting occupied areas and gun positions in Massa Lombarda area, and also attack command and dumps in Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 457 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack railroad bridge at Dravograd, marshalling yards and locomotive depots at Brescia, Alessandria, and Turin, and airfield at Udine. 96 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Radovljica railroad bridge, 27 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers with 13 flying top cover, strafe rail command in Munich, Regensburg, Passau, and Linz areas. 20 P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance missions. Around 300 fighters sorties are flown to escort transport, reconnaissance, and heavy bomber missions including The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raid on Monfalcone shipyards.

Tenth Air Force. Bad weather cancels scheduled strikes. Transports continue large-scale operations to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack troops, horses, and river, road, and rail traffic at Shanhsien, Shihkiachwang, and Son La, and in Tehsien and Loyang Pinglo area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kowloon Docks and nearby airfield, while other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kiirun harbour. 180 sorties in support of ground forces are flown in Luzon. A-20 Havoc light bombers and patrolling P-61 Black Widow, night fighters support troops on Cebu and Negros. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tarakan Island and Tawau.

Seventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam hit targets on Eten and Dublon Islands. 22 from Angaur pound bivouac area 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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