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8th April 1945

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 1,150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike 3 airfields, 4 marshalling yards, an oil storage depot, 2 ordnance depots, a railroad yard workshop, and an aircraft parts and repair factory, in areas North and North West of Leipzig, Southeast of and near Nurnberg, and South West of Chemnitz. 14 fighters groups fly escort.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Headquarters IX Tactical Air Command moves from Brnhl to Marburg, Lahn. Around 620 A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Munchenbernsdorf oil storage depot, Sonderhausen command centre, Nienhagen oil refinery, Celle marshalling yard, and 8 city areas. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, attack airfields, fly patrols and armed reconnaissance, and operate in conjunction with United States VIII, XII, and XX Corps in Thuringer Forest and Erfurt areas.

Twelfth Air Force During 7-8 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers hit command posts and dumps. Medium bombers, despite bad weather bomb railroad bridges at Salorno, San Michele all' Adige, Vo Sinistro, and Bondeno, railroad fill and canal at Salorno, and gun positions at La Spezia. XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers concentrate escorts on Brenner area command cutting lines in 31 places and damaging 4 bridges, oil fields in Central Po Valley, and points further North.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, attack command in North Italy, concentrating on transportation system feeding into Brenner Pass. Bridges, viaducts, and marshalling yards are hit at or near Bressanone, Campodazzo, Vipiteno, Fortezza, Campo di Trens, Mezzocorona, Avisio, Brescia, Gorizia, Pordenone, and Ponte Gardena. Power dam at Ponte Gardena is also hit. 168 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Rattenberg and Garmisch railroad bridges and strafe rail traffic in Munich, Salzburg, Linz areas.

Tenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters operating in Central Burma battle areas attack troops, supplies, gun positions, and trucks at several points along and behind enemy lines, and sweep roads South of bomb line. Transports maintain operations throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out bridge South of Shaoyang, destroy section of track at Sincheng, and hit numerous road and rail targets in Yellow River areas and points to the South, from Shanhsien to Loning, at Hungtung, and South of Hei-Shih Kuan. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack shipping targets in South China Sea and in Bakli and Yulin Bays and bomb Kowloon Docks.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). For second consecutive day bad weather prevents attacks on primary targets North of the Philippine Islands. Medium bombers and heavy bombers hit secondary targets including Chomosui airfield and Tainan town and railroad yards, towns of Takao, Toko, and Kaiko, and other scattered objectives. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers over Luzon support ground forces particularly in areas East of Manila. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers join A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers in support of ground forces on Cebu and Negros. Other heavy bombers bomb North Davao Bay area and Jolo Island.

Twentieth Air Force. 48 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's strike 2 airfields at Kanoya and 1 at Kokubu.

Seventh Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Bunawan area. During 8-9 April 1945, 6 night fighters from Iwo Jima, operating singly at 2 further intervals, bomb Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, Ani Jima, and Ototo Jima.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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