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7th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 6 airfields, 5 marshalling yards, 2 explosives plants, 2 oil storage depots, and an ordnance depot in Central and North Germany. 15 fighters groups, providing support, meet well over 100 conventional fighters and 50 jets. The Luftwaffe fighters attack fiercely and in the ensuing air battle down 15 heavy bombers. United States fighters claim over 60 Luftwaffe fighters destroyed including a few jets against negligible losses. Heavy bombers claim 40 of the fighters destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. 268 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers strike marshalling yards at Northeim and Gottingen, plus 2 town areas. Fighters fly escort, patrols, and armed reconnaissance, and support United States 7th Armoured Division at Schmallenberg, 3d and 9th Armoured Divisions along the Weser River East of Warburg, VIII, XII, and XX Corps in Muhlhausen, Eisenach, and Meiningen areas including strong air support against counter-attack on XII and XX Corps at Struth, 2d Armoured Division along Sarstedt, Hildesheim road, and XVI Corps between Lippe and Ruhr Rivers in Essen area.

Twelfth Air Force. During 6-7 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers bomb bridges at Lavis, Ala, Rovereto, and San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, and several Po River crossings. During the day weather grounds medium bombers. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers, operating on limited scale, hit Montechino oil field, ammunition dumps and command targets North of battle area, and gun positions in Monte Belvedere, Strettoia area in which United States Fifth Army forces push North.

Fifteenth Air Force. 128 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Mezzocorona railroad bridge and nearby road bridge, Verona-Parona di Valpolicella railroad bridge, and marshalling yards at Innsbruck, Sankt Veit an der Glan, and Klagenfurt. Over 500 heavy bombers return to base without bombing because of multilayer clouds. 82 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Tainach Stein railroad bridge. 74 others sent against bridge in South Austria abort due to weather.

Tenth Air Force. 95 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers operating over and behind Japanese lines in Central Burma pound troop concentrations, trucks, and supply areas, and sweep roads South of bomb line.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town areas and targets at Sichuan, Hsihhsiassuchi, Neihsiang, Shaoyang, and Nanchang. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbours and dock areas at Bakli and Samah Bays and at Haiphong. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets around Dien Bien Phu and along Nam Hon area. 24 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack river, road and rail traffic in Yellow River area, South of Anyi, at Yuncheng, and at Tengfeng.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Bad weather hampers strikes North of the Phils. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters over Formosa hit various targets. Fighters fly 130 sorties in support of ground forces at Solvec Cove, Villa Verde Trail, Ipo and Marikina Rivers, and Northeast Laguna de Bay. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again bomb Bunawan. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Jolo Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bima airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. 101 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Nakajima aircraft engine plant at Tokyo while 150 hit Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya. Nearly 30 others hit last resort targets. 91 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers of VII Fighter Command escort the very heavy bombers to Japan for the first time and claim 21 kills.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb barracks area at Bunawan.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies a radar ferret mission along the coasts of Paramushiru and Harumukotan.

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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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