American fighter aircraft patrolling the sky's over Germany. By 1945, the Allies had established total air superiority over Europe, enabling them fly without hindrance.
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01/01/1945 Fierce air battles over western front, with 188 out of 800 Luftwaffe planes reported shot down during their last major attack of the war.
 
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03/02/1945
The US 8th Air Force, with 937 bombers and 613 fighters, carries out the heaviest attack to date against Berlin which levels large areas of the city and kills more than 25,000 civilians.
05/02/1945 RAF balloon command to be disbanded as the air raid threat lessens. 278 V1's have been claimed by balloons.
08/02/1945 UK civilian war casualties up to September 1944 are reported as 57,468 killed and 89,178 injured.
14/02/1945 The RAF launches a heavy attack (over 800 bombers in two separate waves, which is followed the next day by 400 bombers of the US 8th Air Force) against Dresden. The Raids are estimated to have killed in a fire-bombing holocaust, 35,000 to 135,000 people and becomes the most destructive raid of the war in Europe.
20/02/1945 The RAF launch the first of 36 consecutive night raids on Berlin.
21/02/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack (over 1,000 bombers) against Nürnberg.
22/02/1945 The allies launch Operation 'Clarion', which consisted of 10,000 air attacks on communications in central Germany.
25/02/1945 400 RAF bombers carry out attacks against Dortmund and Rheine.
27/02/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack against Berlin which devastates the center of the city.
 
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02/03/1945
The RAF launches a heavy attack (300 bombers) against Mannheim, causing a devastating firestorm.
03/03/1945 100 Luftwaffe night-fighters attack 27 RAF airfields, in what is the last night intrusion raid of the war. 22 RAF aircraft were destroyed for 6 German.
06/03/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches a heavy attack against Chemnitz in Saxony.
11/03/1945 An RAF Bomber Command record for the largest tonnage dropped on a single target in single day is achieved at Essen when 4,661 tons are dropped.
12/03/1945 RAF Bomber Command sets another new record for single target, when 4,851 tons are dropped on Dortmund.
13/03/1945 Following a 600-bomber raid by the US 8th Air Force, the RAF with 800 bombers attacks Swinemünde North of Stettin, a major port of disembarkation for German refugees from eastern Germany, causing heavy damage to the docks and killing hundreds of civilians.
14/03/1945 RAF Bomber Command make its first use of the 22,000lb ‘Grand Slam’ bomb, wrecking the Bielefeld viaduct. The US 15th Air Force, taking off from Italian airfields, launches a heavy raid (500 bombers) against Regensburg, while the RAF attacks Wuppertal with 400 aircraft.
16/03/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches a massive attack (675 bombers) against the HQ complex of the OKH at Zossen 20 miles south of Berlin, but with minimal effect.
19/03/1945 The US 8th Air Force carries out another heavy attack (200 bombers and 700 fighters) against Berlin.
21/03/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches a major attack (650 bombers) against Hamburg.
23/03/1945 The RAF launches a devastating raid (300 bombers) against Hildesheim near Hannover, a small city of little military and industrial importance.
27/03/1945 The 1,115th and last V2 to reach England lands in Kynaston Road, Orpington, Kent, England.
 
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04/04/1945 The US 8th Air Force launches its heaviest raid to date (700 bombers) against Kiel on the Baltic.
05/04/1945 The US 8th Air Force carries out another heavy attack (450 bombers) against Kiel.
10/04/1945 The RAF attack Kiel, while the US 8th Air Force launches its heaviest raid to date (1,232 bombers) against Berlin.
20/04/1945 The British Home Secretary says that 60,585 British civilians have died and 86,175 have been seriously injured in air attacks since outbreak of war.
27/04/1945 Total V2-weapon casualties in Britain are announced as 2,754 killed and 6,523 seriously injured.
29/04/1945 The RAF begin Operation 'Manna', supply drops into Holland.
 
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02/05/1945 RAF Bomber Command, launch its last major action of war against Kiel.
 
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15/09/1945 The fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, sees 300 RAF aircraft fly over London.
 
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