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26th July 1943

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Events On This Day

In Sicily. Over 70,000 prisoners in Allied hands to date.

In Italy. Marshal Pietro Badoglio formed new cabinet, martial law proclaimed throughout the country.

Russian Front. Kurakino and Erovkina captured in Soviet Orel advance.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes attacked Hamburg during the night, no losses.

Eighth Air Force. 92 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb rubber factories at Hannover as main objective. 54 attack shipbuilding yards at Hamburg. Results are good but costly. 24 aircraft are lost, mostly to enemy fighters. 15 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Saint Omer and Longuenesse airfield.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 25-26 July 1943, Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium bombers attack Milazzo, Adrano, and Paterno. Throughout day light bombers hit Regalbuto at intervals, and fighter-bombers harass shipping, rail, and road movements. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Marina di Paola marshalling yard.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Milazzo, Paterno, and Adrano. P-40 fighters strafe and bomb Catania and shipping at Riposto harbour.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 12 fighters, bomb Hankow airfield. An estimated 30-50 fighters intercept the force. The medium bombers and fighters claim 14 aeroplanes shot down and 17 probably destroyed. 1 P-40 is lost.

Fifth Air Force. More than 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Salamaua, Malolo Mission, Komiatum, Komiatum Ridge, and Lae airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and Navy aircraft hit bivouac area and runway at Kahili. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, and United States Navy (USN) fighters over South Kolombangara hit East shore of Webster Cove and bivouac area and buildings on Simbo Island.

Seventh Air Force. Last mission against Wake from Midway is flown. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets including oil storage area. 20 fighters (including an aircraft identified as a possible Fw 190) intercept the formation. Heavy bombers claim 11 of the fighters shot down.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers and 5 fighters fly 5 armed reconnaissance missions to Kiska. 32 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 38 P-40 fighters, and 24 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 13 attack raids, bombing and scoring hits on numerous Kiska and Little Kiska targets, including North Head, Main Camp, runway, Gertrude Cove, antiaircraft batteries, and on suspected submarine in Kiska harbour. A submarine is sighted near Rat Island. Antiaircraft fire claims 1 P-40 (pilot rescued), and damages 3 others. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 15 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 2 air cover missions to Kiska for the Navy. Over 104 tons of bombs are dropped on Kiska this day, highest one day bomb load so far dropped by the Eleventh.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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