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9th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,007 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 6 marshalling yards, a large tank factory, and a castings plant at Frankfurt Main, Kassel, Munster, Osnabruck, and Rheine. 5 fighters groups fly close escort and 3 fly area patrol.

Ninth Air Force. 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit 6 marshalling yards, storage and vehicle depots, ammunition filling plants, and 12 targets as part of interdiction campaign in Germany. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance, hit special targets, cover Remagen bridgehead and support United States 9th Infantry and 9th Armoured Divisions committed there, support 4th Armoured Division at Mosel bridge at Treis, XX Corps along Mosel and Saar Rivers, and XVI Corps along the Rhine River near Wesel.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges at San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, San Michele all'Adige, Bozzolo, Santa Margherita d'Adige, Ora, and Montebello, marshalling yard at Ora, and bridge approach at Ala. Fighters and fighter-bombers attack bridges, railroads, vehicles, trains, supply dumps, parked aeroplanes, buildings, and other targets over wide areas of North Italy, including Milan, Cittadella, Ala, Santa Margherita d'Adige, La Spezia, Ghedi, Lecco, and battle area in North Apennines. A-20 Havoc light bombers, on intruder missions during 8-9 March 1945, bomb river crossings in Po Valley at several locations, among them Ostiglia, San Benedetto Po, and Borgoforte.

Fifteenth Air Force. 372 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb marshalling yards at Graz (2), Klagenfurt, Sankt Stefan, Sankt Paul, and Ljubljana. River bridges at Sankt Paul are also bombed. 27 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Knittelfeld marshalling yard and 13 others strafe Graz, Maribor railroad lines. Routine supply, reconnaissance, and escort missions continue.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support elements of Chinese 50th Division near Mansam. 80 fighter-bombers operating over and behind enemy lines attack trucks, horses and carts, troops, and artillery pieces. 568 air supply sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, bomb railroad yards at Sinsiang. 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 2 P-40 fighters knock out 2 bridges at Hwaiyuanchen and East of Jungtse, and hit railroad targets and other targets at Yehhsien, at Chowkiakow, at Hsuchang, and East of Junan. 50 fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack railroad targets, river and road traffic, bridges, gun positions, and troops at several locations, particularly around Kweiyi, Hengyang, Nanking, and Sinyang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Zamboanga. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, in cooperation with torpedo boats, attack targets on Basilan Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Ipo area, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces East of Manila Bay, hit Japanese occupied areas at Mahiga, Lipa Bay, and Ternate, and bomb and strafe targets on Caballo Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers hit bridges at Bayombong, town of Makati, Cabugao, and Cauayan, San Fernando and Solvec Cove areas on North West coast, town of Cauayan, and Aparri airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound dock area at Takao.

Seventh Air Force. 13 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly daylight strike on Susaki airfield while 5 more, on single-bomber raids, hit the airfield during 9-10 March 1945. 24 Angaur based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town of Zamboanga.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly a negative shipping search.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Kenton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Marden.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pitsea.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Greenwich.

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

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Thames.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Waltham Holy Cross.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit South Ockendon.

M412 Minesweeper
Sunk 9 March 1945

Meteor Hospital ship
Sunk 9 March 1945

R289 R-boat
Commissioned 9 March 1945

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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