WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-24s bomb the railroad yards at Hongay,
French Indochina. In China, 4 B-25s and 4 P-47s damage a bridge and knock out
an AA position N of Anyang; 50+ P-47s and P-51s hit river, road, and rail targets,
troops, horses, and buildings in areas around Loning, Hsihhsiassuchi, Linfen,
Kuanshuishih, Saiping, Yungcheng, Sichuan, and Tsingsinghsien.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 P-38s attack truck parks,
fuel dumps, and supply areas at Hopong and Hotang; 20 other P-38s hit troops
at Wan Kinglong and at other points in the C Burma battle area. Transports complete 445 sorties to forward areas, landing or dropping 624 tons
of supplies. The 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group,
moves from Sinthe, Burma to Asansol with UC-64s and L-5s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Brigadier General Joseph Smith assumes command
of HQ XX Bomber Command.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the harbor
at Saigon, Balete
Pass bridges, and the
at Boeloedowang on Celebes Island and Basco. On Luzon, B-25s,
A-20s, and fighters concentrate on Cagayan Valley bridges and support ground
forces around Balete
and Solvee Cove; other FEAF support missions continue on S Luzon from Ipo
Dam to New Bosoboso, E of Santa Maria, NE of Siniloan, Anuling, Monte Banahao,
near Legaspi, and S of
Camalig, and in the Monte Mandalagan-Monte Silay area.
USN: USS Horace A. Bass (APD-144) detects an enemy submarine and fires a single accurate depth charge salvo sinks RO-109 near Okino-Daito Jima off Okinawa.
Sunk by depth charges is RO-109 near Okino-Daito Jima off Okinawa.