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9th April 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 10 jet airfields, a marshalling yard and rail centre, an ammunition plant, and an oil storage facility in South Central Germany are bombed by around 1,200 heavy bombers. 15 fighters groups give close and area support.

Ninth Air Force. More than 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers strike marshalling yards at Jena and Saalfeld, oil targets at Bad Berka and Dedenhausen, ordnance depots at Naumburg and Amberg, Kummersbruck, and several targets. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, attack several airfields and a fuel storage facility, fly area patrols and armed reconnaissance, and support III Corps along Lenne River, 3d Armoured Division East of the Weser River toward Nordhausen, VIII Corps in Arnstadt area and XII and XX Corps in Thuringer Forest and around Erfurt.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and A-26 Invader light bombers on intruder missions during 8-9 April 1945, bomb bridges, vehicles, and targets in Po River Valley and Northeast Italy. During the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers in conjunction with Desert Air Force (DAF) fighter-bombers and Mediterranean Allied Strategic Air Force (MASAF) heavy bombers blast gun positions, troop concentrations, enemy Headquarters, and strong points in Lugo-Imola area in support of British Eighth Army offensive. Other XXII Tactical Air Command fighter-bombers hit command in North Italy including Brenner line and methane plant and ammunition and fuel dumps in West Central Po Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. 825 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers in close coordination with the British Eighth Army, pound gun positions and other forward military targets Southeast of Bologna, in the area immediately West and South West of Lugo. 88 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide target cover. 150 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe railroad bridges at Rattenberg, Seefeld, Telfs, Rosenheim, and to the South near Austro German border, and also hit rail lines in Munich, Rosenheim area. Over 90 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort supply to North Italy and transport missions and support Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) aircraft attacking positions in Imola area. Other aeroplanes continue reconnaissance operations.

Tenth Air Force. Over 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack troops, supplies, gun positions, and general targets along and behind Central Burma battle line around Mong Pawn, Wan Htum, Pang po, Kyawkku, Mong Hko, HanhvieMu, Laihka, and other points. Transports complete 415 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks at Canton and Kowloon and attack targets at Bakli Bay. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sinyang railroad yards and nearby targets. 13 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge North of Hsuchang and hit various targets around Laohokow, Sichuan, Sinyang, Likuanchiao, Lichen, and along the Han River. 19 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets in or near Neihsiang, Laohokow, and Sichuan. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters blast trucks in Dien Bien Phu area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces on Luzon in Balete Pass, Baguio, and Solvec Cove areas and at several points in South West Luzon, and attack Japanese forces in Legaspi area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces in Central Cebu and on Negros. Several B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance missions hit China and Indochina coastal targets.

Twentieth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's mine Shimonoseki Strait.

Seventh Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Iwo Jima bomb and strafe military installations at Chichi Jima during the early morning. 17 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Marcus airfield and defensive installations. 22 from Angaur hit troop concentration at Kabacan.

Abwehr conspirators Wilhelm Canaris, Hans Oster and Hans Dohanyi are hanged at Flossenberg concentration camp, along with pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Göttingen Hospital ship
Scrapped 9 April 1945

M19 Minesweeper
Sunk 9 April 1945

T1 Torpedo boat
Sunk 9 April 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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