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6th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 641 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Halle, rail traffic centre at Leipzig, marshalling yard and industrial complex at Gera, and city area of Eisleben. 15 fighters groups fly around 600 effective sorties in support of the heavy bombers.

Ninth Air Force. 99 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit marshalling yards at Gottingen and Northeim and city area of Herzberg, and drop leaflets over 3 city areas. Fighters fly escort, alerts, sweeps, and armed reconnaissance, and support United States VIII Corps in Eisenach area, and XX Corps East of the Werra near Muhlhausen.

Twelfth Air Force. General Darcy takes command of XXII Tactical Air Command. A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers on night intruder missions, 5-6 April 1945, bomb several bridges in Po River Valley, scoring good results on 8 of the targets, also hitting assembly area along the Po River. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers hit lines of command, mainly in Po Valley, and support United States Fifth Army forces attacking toward Massa Lombarda. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cancel missions against targets on Brenner line due to weather, but hit 6 bridges in Central Po Valley and gun positions at La Spezia.

Fifteenth Air Force. 387 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb marshalling yard flak positions and ordnance depot at Verona and marshalling yard and small arms plant at Brescia. 179 other heavy bombers sent against targets in North Italy are recalled. 81 P-38 Lightning fighters dispatched to bomb bridge in Austria abort due to weather. 14 manage to attack bridges near Austro-Italian border. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers of 54 airborne strafe railroad targets in Straubing, Plattling area. Others fly reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. With improving weather conditions combat strikes in C Burma battle area increase. 70 fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations, artillery positions, tanks, trucks, fuel dumps, and general targets along and immediately behind enemy lines. Targets are located in several areas including Paklu, Nawnghkio, Loilem, Takaw, Mong Hko, Kongleng, Nawng Hsan Pu, and Indaw. Air supply sorties continue on steady basis throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets in Bakli Bay area. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters knock out bridge in Dien Bien Phu area. 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast railroad targets, troops, horses, and boat landings in Chengheien area and along Lung Hai railroad and Yellow River.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Hokko. Ground support sorties continue in areas around Balete Pass, West of Fort Stotsenburg, North, Northeast, and South of Laguna de Bay, and around Legaspi. Fighters also hit Carabao Island and Infanta. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb town North of Cebu City while fighters support ground units on Cebu. A-20 Havoc light bombers support ground forces on Negros. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Bunawan. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Jolo Island defences and ammunition and supply dumps. At Manila United States Army Forces, Pacific (AFPAC) is established under General MacArthur. 400 Kamikaze planes make all out effort against Okinawa shipping and beachheads. 2 destroyers, 2 ammunition ships, a mine sweeper and an Landing Ships, Tank is sunk. Other vessels are damaged. Nearly 300 Japanese planes are expended.

Seventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam pound positions and airfield on Marcus. 23 from Angaur bomb barracks and wharf at Bunawan.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack and photograph Kurabu, especially the airfield, while 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit radar installations in an all out attack on Hayakegawa, Kotani Shima, and Minami Cape, dropping napalm filled incendiaries for the first time. Buildings and shipping in North part of Hayakegawa are hit especially hard. Another B-25 Mitchell medium bombers flies weather reconnaissance.

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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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