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7th May 1945

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Events On This Day

Alfred Jodl on 7 May 1945, signs the unconditional German Instrument of Surrender at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war. The document takes effect on 8 May 1945.

Eighth Air Force. 220 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers drop food near Schiphol airfield, Vogelenzang, Hilversum, and Utrecht.

Ninth Air Force. XIX Tactical Air Command flies sweeps over East Germany and West Czechoslovakia and carries out demonstration flights over prisoner of war camps.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly reconnaissance over Austrian Alps.

Fifteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort 3 Balkan airfield supply dropping missions to Yugoslavia.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridge North of Singtai. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Yellow River targets, damaging at least 1 bridge. 131 fighter-bombers again hit various targets of opportunity throughout South and East China, concentrating on railroad targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers hit targets in Cagayan Valley and support ground action in Cervantes area, Balete Pass and North of Laguna de Bay. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Bintula, Kudat, and Ranau while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit gun positions and Headquarters on Tarakan Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bingkalapa airfield and harbour at Soerabaja. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad targets between Cap Batangan and Cap Varella.

Twentieth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb airfields at Usa, Oita, Ibusuki, and Kanoya. 34 aircraft are claimed destroyed by B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's during Usa and Oita missions.

Seventh Air Force. 16 Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe radio station, airfield installations, and gun positions on Moen and Falas. 11 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound runways on Marcus.

M22 Minesweeper
Sunk 7 May 1945

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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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