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7th February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. High, heavy clouds necessitate recall of about 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 3 fighters groups from mission to attack targets in West Germany.

Ninth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike rail siding at Lipp. Weather cancels other operations.

Twelfth Air Force. During 6-7 February 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb lights and movement over extensive areas of North Italy. During day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blasts cut bridges at Bodrez and Lavis, viaduct at Lavis, and block rail lines at San Michele all'Adige and Mantua. XXII Tactical Air Command P-47 Thunderbolt fighters destroy 4 railroad bridges and damage another severely in Northeast and Central Po Valley and Brenner Pass, and blast dumps and sugar refineries in the Mantua, Brescia, and Reggio Emilia areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. 680 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil refineries at Moosbierbaum, Lobau, Schwechat, Vienna, Floridsdorf, Korneuburg and Kagran in Vienna area, oil storage at Pula, shipyard and harbour of Trieste, town of Bratislava, airfield at Zwolfaxing, and several scattered targets. 274 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in Yugoslavia. 18 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe Zeltweg airfield and surrounding area while 10 P-38 Lightning fighters sweep Zagreb Karlovac Sisak area. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance and escort operations.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack tanks and troops at Man Namman. 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support forces preparing to cross Shweli River in Myitson area. 40 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters attack troops and supply areas at Nawngkalio, Man Li, Hsunkwe, Nawnghkio, Loi Hkam, Panghsapye, Na-lang, Wingnang, and Pang Eng Hkye. 464 transport sorties are flown to advanced bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out bridge at Hengshan. 34 P-40 fighters hit river, road, and rail traffic from Kweiyi to Hengshan, from Chiuchiang to Wuhu, from Wan Mai-Lo to Luang Prabang, from Siaokan southward, in area South of Tsinan, and North of Tehsien. 2 fighter-bombers hit warehouse area at Kweihsien.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters support hit targets at Heito airfield and other points after weather prevents bombing of Takao. A-20 Havoc light bombers, supporting ground operations, attack hills West of Clark Field. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers cover, fly several sweeps over Formosa, claiming a sub sunk, a tanker set afire, a large motor launch sunk, other shipping damaged, and several vehicles and an aeroplane destroyed. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Bago and Mandaue. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tawau and in another mission Miri airfield, Tutong oil refinery pump station and power house.

Twentieth Air Force. 44 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb primary target of Saigon 11 drop prematurely and 33 hit residential section, 19 hit target of Pnom Penh, and 2 bomb last resort target, a marshalling yard at Martaban. In a more successful mission, almost 60 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb and effect the collapse of most of middle span of Rama VI bridge at Bangkok 3d strike at this target and destroy Northeast approach. 1 very heavy bomber bombs Martaben marshalling yard.

Seventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb town of Okimura. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit antiaircraft positions and radio and radar installations on Iwo Jima, while 2 others bomb Woleai airfield. From Angaur 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Silay and Talisay airfields and 1 bombs Opon airfield on Mactan Island. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, during 7-8 February 1945, snooper raids from Saipan, bomb Iwo Jima airfields.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off to Kataoka abort mission when all aircraft accidentally drop bombs prior to bombing run. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers weather abort.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Barking.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Waltham Holy Cross.

R416 R-boat
Launched 7 February 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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