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9th February 1945

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Malta Yalta conferences end. Conferees agree to plan for invasion of Japan following defeat of Germany, anticipated for about 1 July 1945. Until then pace of the Pacific war will be slowed. USSR will acquire parts of Manchuria in return for participating in war against Japan.

Eighth Air Force. 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 6 forces attack Rothensee and Lutzkendorf synthetic oil plants, Bielefeld, Schildesche rail viaduct, Arnsberg viaduct, and numerous secondary targets and targets. 15 fighters groups provide escort, with 6 groups later strafing rail and road transportation, hangars, and an ammunition dump.

Ninth Air Force. 347 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb command centres at Viersen and Kempen, marshalling yards at Rheydt, Grevenbroich, and Viersen, and rail bridges at Neuwied-Irlich and Sinzig. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance over East and West of the Rhine, attack rail bridges, and support United States XII Corps bridgeheads across the Our and Sauer Rivers.

Twelfth Air Force. During 8-9 February 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers on intruder missions attack command targets throughout Central and Northeast Po Valley. Weather restricts daytime operations to weather reconnaissance and supply dropping missions.

Fifteenth Air Force.

During 8-9 February 1945, 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in North Italy. During the day 49 heavy bombers hit Moosbierbaum oil refinery. 5 others bomb marshalling yards at Graz and Bruck an der Mur. 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drop supplies in Central Yugoslavia, while P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance missions and reconnaissance and supply escort.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at Tonglau and destroy 1 bridge and damage another at Ke-hsi Mansam. 2 others pound trucks, gun positions, and buildings during road sweep from Hsipaw to Loilem to Lashio. 9 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridge at Bawgyo and damage another at Inailong. 22 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support ground forces in Myitson area. Troops, supplies, and command are attacked at Tangtong, Man Mau, Se-u, Mansam, Panghai, Nalang, and Manhpat by 40 fighter-bombers. 479 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters hit rail bridges in Kiyang and Lukou areas, damaging 1 bridge. Several trucks are strafed and destroyed. 3 fighters on railroad sweep destroy several locomotives between Peking and Sinsiang. Several other fighters bomb railroad yards at Kaifeng and airfield at Sinsiang. Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) fighters make surprise strike at Tsingtao airfield, claim about 100 aeroplanes destroyed and damaged, and also destroy several nearby locomotives.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly morning and afternoon raids against Corregidor gun positions. A-20 Havoc light bombers also hit the island fortress. Mariveles and South part of Bataan Peninsula are pounded by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers throughout the morning and afternoon. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit shipping near Legaspi and in San Miguel Bay and destroy buildings at San Fernando. In support of ground forces, A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters over Balete Pass area attack bridges and roads.

Twentieth Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) XXI Bomber Command B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's hit Moen Island for second consecutive day, bombing airfield number 2.

Seventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam and Saipan bomb airfields, defensive and radar radio installations and antiaircraft positions on Iwo Jima. During 9-10 February 1945, 11 more B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan make separate strikes against airfields and antiaircraft defences.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Navestock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Stow Maries.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit St Pancras.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hayes, near Bromley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chislehurst.

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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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