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8th May 1945

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. IX and XIX Tactical Air Commands patrol Leipzig, Chemnitz, Adorf and Linz areas, and fly sweeps and demonstration missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Transports carry out evacuation and supply missions in South Europe.

Fifteenth Air Force. All Fifteenth Air Force aircraft stand down on V-E Day. Fifteenth Air Force offensive operations end. Subsequent operations involve transport, supply, try, and movement flights.

Fourteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge at Do Cam and damage others at Do Len, over the Song Chu River, and North of Kaifeng. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damages bridges at Huto. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound rail and road traffic along Indochina coast while 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in several cities. About 100 fighter-bombers over wide areas of South and East China continue to hit numerous targets, concentrating on shipping and dock area at Taku.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters hit Jesselton, Sengkawang, and Kudat airfields while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kuching and Labuan airfield areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to pound Cagayan Valley. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Davao while P-38 Lightning fighters hit Labugan airfield area. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mandai airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railway installations between Phan Rang and Binh Dinh.

Twentieth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit airfields at Kanoya, Miyakonojo, Oita,
and Matsuyama.

Seventh Air Force. 12 Guam based 1324's United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bomb airfields on Marcus. 12 others from Guam pound runway on Param Island.

VII Fighter Command. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Iwo Jima fly 94 effective sorties in strike against Kisarazu airfield.

R88 R-boat
Sunk 8 May 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.
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