Enemy tanker sighted in Bay of Biscay by Liberator of Coastal Command was sunk
by HMS Sussex. The British Admiralty announced the loss of the trawlers HMS Bredon
which was torpedoed and sunk on 8
, by U-521
off the Canary Islands and HMS Tervani which was sunk off Cape Bougaroni, Algeria
by the Italian submarine Platino on 7
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made three
attacks on Dunkirk, heavy night raid on Cologne.
North Africa. In Northern
Tunisia Field Marshal Erwin
Afrika Corps attacked at many points along our front, in the south,
forward elements of the British Eighth Army reached Mareth Line.
the Mediterranean. Docks at Cagliari, Sardinia, raided by Allied air force bombers.
In Burma. Japanese transports attacked and prisoners taken in small
naval action off Arakan coast.
Eighth Air Force. 65 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb U-boat yards and naval base at Wilhelmshaven.
Docks and surrounding areas are also hit. This mission is originally intended
for Bremen but strikes Wilhelmshaven because primary target is obscured by clouds.
Germans attempt air-to-air bombing by fighters aircraft and use of parachute-bombs
fired by artillery.
Twelfth Air Force. General Doolittle assumes command
of XII Bomber Command.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning
fighters escort, attack docks and shipping at Bizerte after Wellingtons hit same
target the previous night. Fighters hit trucks in Pichon-Ousseltia area and fly
numerous reconnaissance missions. Hans-Jürgen
5th Panzer Army opens offensive on broad front toward Bedja and
Medjez el Bab.
Ninth Air Force. General Montgomery sets 20
as D-Day for attack on Mareth Line. P-40 fighters carry out fighter-bomber
missions as ground forces maintain pressure on enemy along coast and on Gabes
road. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack roads and motor transport in Arram area
Tenth Air Force. Dinjan based P-40 fighters hit bridge Northeast of
Pinbaw, destroying a span and damaging other parts of the bridge.
Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Buibuining-Waipali
area while a single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs airfields at Lae
and Salamaua. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb airfields at Gasmata, other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack shipping
and airfields at Wewak and a single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attacks
shipping in Hixon and Open Bays.
Thirteenth Air Force. United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy aircraft hit Vila during
-26 February 1943.
Launched 26 February 1943 Go To: 27th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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