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.
Sunk 9 August 1945
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