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7th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 873 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack benzol plant and oil refinery at Dortmund, benzol plants at Datteln and Castrop, Rauxel, rail viaduct at Bielefeld, and marshalling yards at Soest, Paderborn, Siegen, Giessen, and city of Fulda. 7 fighters groups provide close area support.

Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels combat operations except for XXIX Tactical Air Commands support of United States XVI Corps along the Rhine in Wesel area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue interdiction of enemy command, damaging railroad bridge at Longarone and railroad fills at Peri and Ossenigo. XXII Tactical Air Command concentrates on command in Northeast Po Valley and fuel and ammunition dumps in Central part of the Valley with generally good results. During 6-7 March 1945, light bombers hit Ostiglia crossing and bridges at Nervesa della Battaglia and Casarsa della Delizia, and bomb targets in Brenner area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Continued bad weather limits operations to a supply drop in Yugoslavia and routine reconnaissance and escort missions. All bombing operations are cancelled and 42 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sent on strafing mission against railroad command in Austria are recalled.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support troops of British 36th Division in Mogok area. 18 others support elements of Chinese 50th Division near Mansam. Elements of Chinese 38th Division occupy Lashio. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 35 fighter-bombers attack road targets, troops, vehicles, and a variety of targets immediately behind enemy lines. Transports fly 630 sorties supplying forward areas with men and equipment.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 9 P-40 fighters blast railroad targets North of Kiaotow. Single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit truck convoys in Hsiang River Valley, waterfront at Changsha, and bridge and other targets on Pinghan railroad. 130 fighter-bombers attack numerous targets throughout South and East China, concentrating on railroad, road, and river targets in the areas around Nanking, Yoyang, Sintsiang, and Changsha.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Balete Pass area while A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations and gun positions near Antipolo and near San Fernando, North West of Fort Stotsenburg, and in Bayombong, Solano area and targets in Lake Taal area, towns of Santa Fe, Lal-lo and Vigan, and on Caballo Island. Numerous ground support missions are flown throughout Luzon.

Seventh Air Force. 11 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Susaki airfield and town of Okimura and Haha Jima. 5 more hit Susaki during 7-8 March 1945, in individual harassment strikes.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, dispatched to strike a reported convoy, abort due to weather. So do 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers after departing on a shipping sweep and a strike on Kataoka.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Navestock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stanford Rivers.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Deptford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Edmonton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Sidcup Area.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Brundish, Norfolk.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dagenham.

The Ludendorff BridgeThe Ludendorff Bridge
at Remagen falls to the American 9th Armoured Division, after capturing the bridge. The Americans discover the experimental Henschel Hs 297 surface-to-air missile system.

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V-2 Rocket, Aggregat 4 (A-4) picture 2

The Ludendorff Bridge picture 3

Henschel Hs 297 Föhn Surface-to-Air Missile picture 4

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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