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26th January 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the trawler HMS Kingston Jacinth which was lost to a mined off Portsmouth on 12 January 1943.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers again attacked Lorient extensively during the night. Bordeaux was also severely attacked.

North Africa. In Tunisia Allied forces regained ground in Ousseltia valley. In raid on Algiers six enemy bombers were shot down.

Russian Front. Only two small groups of Wehrmacht Sixth Army still holding out at Stalingrad.

In Australasia. Allied heavy bombers attacked Rabaul and other Japanese bases.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers on shipping strike abort because of weather which limits air activity. Fighters fly reconnaissance and local patrol missions.

Ninth Air Force. Headwinds prevent B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from reaching Naples (primary target) before dark, so they divert to Messina, bombing town and area around train ferry terminal. P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber operation, refuelling at Castel Benito.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping and dock area at Rangoon. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mandalay marshalling yards. 15 P-40 fighters and 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town area and bridge at Shaduzup, railroad South West of Meza, and Naba marshalling yard.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping and Rapopo airstrip in Rabaul area. A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lae area, concentrating on supply storage dumps. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out individual attacks on runways at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata and hit Finschhafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields on Ballale Island. P-39 fighters, along with Navy aircraft, bomb antiaircraft positions and revetment area at Munda.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, taking off from Funafuti in the Ellice Islands, fly photo reconnaissance mission over Tarawa, Maiana, Abemama, Beru, and Tomama in the Gilberts. The heavy bombers attack merchant vessel in lagoon at Tarawa. P-40 fighters of 73d Fighter Squadron fly from Midway to Kaneoke NAS in the Hawaiian Islands, a distance of about 1,400 miles, thus breaking the record set by the 78th Squadron on 23 January 1943.

Eleventh Air Force. All missions cancelled due to weather. 2 enemy aeroplanes strafe Constantine Harbour.

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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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