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9th August 1945

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Events On This Day

Soviet troops pour into Manchuria.

Tenth Air Force. Tenth Air Force moves from Kunming to Liuchow. When the war ends, the deployment of Tenth Air Force units to China is still in progress. So, for the Tenth, war ends amidst a major reorganisation.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort, damage Puchi railroad bridge, and hit rail traffic North or Sinsiang. The P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe antiaircraft positions and targets near the bridge. 4 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers operating individually, attack truck convoys and targets South of Changsha, South and North of Yoyang, and in Siang Chiang Valley, and hits South end of town of Siangtan.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Kyshu bomb airfields at Kanoya, town of Noma, shipping in Beppu Bay, bridges, factories, and oil storage at Tsuruaski, and shipping, coastal villages, and command targets in Tsushima Strait area. A-26 Invader light bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Kanoya airfield and industrial areas of Kushikino, Minato, and Shimahira. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over West Honshu bomb airfields at Iwankuni. Over 200 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit numerous targets on Shikoku, Kyushu, and in the Ryukyus including airfields, barracks, harbour installations, bridges, shipping, vehicles, and various factories and storage facilities. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb military stores at Matsuyama. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters support ground forces in areas in North of Baguio, South Southeast of Mankayan, South of Kabayan, Southeast of Cervantes, near Kiangan, and North West of Infanta. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Amboina Ceram bomb Laha barracks.

Twentieth Air Force. Second and last atomic bomb of World War II is dropped on Japan. Major Charles W Sweeney pilots a B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber, Bock's Car, off runway at North Field, Tinian, at 0230. He is followed by 2 observation B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's the Great Artiste piloted by Captain Frederick C Bock (who has exchanged planes with Sweeney for the mission) and another very heavy bomber piloted by Major James I Hopkins (who loses contact with the other 2 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's). The primary target, Kokura, is obscured by bad weather. The attack is made against the secondary target, Nagasaki. The bomb, dropped from 28,900 ft at 1158 (1058 Nagasaki time), explodes about a minute after release. Japanese reports claim nearly 24,000 killed. United States figures estimate about 35,000. The attacking B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's refuel on Okinawa, and return to Tinian by 2339. During 9-10 August 1945, 95 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Nippon Oil Refinery at Amagasaki.

R228 R-boat
Sunk 9 August 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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