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5th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yard at Chemnitz, oil refinery at Hamburg Harburg, and targets including 2 railway storage sidings and 3 town areas. 587 supporting sorties are flown by fighters. A group of P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fighter-bombers bomb marshalling yards, a tunnel, a rail line, and a road. 2 other groups escort medium bombers of Ninth Air Force.

Ninth Air Force. 565 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack 6 marshalling yards, command centre, ordnance depot, a city area and targets with aim of obstructing reinforcements and supplies to Wehrmacht forces being pushed back across the Rhine River. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, drop leaflets in Cologne, Bonn area, and fly armed reconnaissance over Ruhr and Hamm, Duisburg area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit lines of command in North Po Valley during 4-5 March 1945. Results are generally good. Bad daytime weather grounds medium bombers. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers and fighters operate on greatly reduced scale, mostly in Central Po Valley, hitting bridges at Casarsa della Delizia, Nervesa della Battaglia, Ostiglia, and Ostellato, and attacking town of Vignola.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to supply, escort, and reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces of British 36th Division in Mogok sector and forces of Chinese 50th Division in Mansam area. 46 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troop concentrations in battle areas and attack supply areas, road traffic, and general targets behind enemy lines. 664 air supply sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridges at Phu Xuyen, Thinh Duc, Phu Ly, Ninh Binh, and Phu Lang Thuong and damage bridge at Kep. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, knock out bridge at Changtuikuan while 4 bomb Chikhom. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance hit road, rail, and river traffic, town areas, and other targets in Indochina, Central Yangtze River area, and elsewhere in South and East China.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit San Roque airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with fighters support hit troops in Antipolo area while fighter-bombers dive-bomb San Pablo, hit Fort Drum, attack troops West of Fort Stotsenburg, and support guerrilla forces Northeast of Lingayen Gulf. Targets on Formosa and in the Ryukyus are hit by fighters on sweeps and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance. The fighters sweeps are especially effective against railroad targets. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Zettle Field.

Seventh Air Force. Susaki airfield is pounded by 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam. During 5-6 March 1945, 5 more hit the airfield in individual snooper strikes. 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Matina airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

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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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