I'm slowly moving my way through Christer Bergstrom's Bagration to Berlin - the Final Air Battles in the East 1944-1945 (slow because it is choc full of detailed data and resources, it's not a light read).
I was idly wondering whether there was any Western tactical air support during the peak of the Battle of Berlin, including the battles around the city, e.g. Seelower Heights, Halbe, etc?
Western bombing of the city, according to Wikipedia (*)
The major Western Allied contribution to the battle was the bombing of Berlin during 1945. During 1945 the United States Army Air Forces launched a number of very large daytime raids on Berlin and for 36 nights in succession, scores of RAF Mosquitos bombed the German capital, ending on the night of 20/21 April 1945 just before the Soviets entered the city.
Did the Soviets handle all tactical air support or did the Western allies contribute, at least closer to the Elbe? Or was the fear of friendly fire and complications too great?
Did Eisenhower's disinterest in risking/spending lives for areas that would be in the Soviet zone of influence anyway extend to the air forces?
(*) Which has footnotes pointing at
Milward, Alan S. (1980), War, Economy and Society, 1939–1945, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-03942-1
McInnis, Edgar (1946), The war 6, Oxford University Press