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26th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 292 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike at industrial centre of Brunswick, a secondary target, when heavy cloud cover prevents bombing primary targets of industry at Fallersleben, Waggum, Paderborn, Gutersloh and Cologne. Nearly 50 other heavy bombers bomb targets in Hildesheim, Hannover area. 31 P-38 Lightning fighters fighter-bombers attack airfields near Le Mans during morning, and 24 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb Cormeilles-en-Vexin airfield in afternoon. Opposition is very light and ineffective.

Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force Tactical Air Plan for Operation NEPTUNE is published, 10 days after receiving formal Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) directive ordering such a plan. Around 125 medium bombers attack Plattling landing ground. Fighters fly over 750 sorties against scattered targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather greatly curtails activity. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack motor transport and railroad tracks and hit gas dump near Trasimeno Lake, landing ground at Canino, and marshalling yards of of Leghorn.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions North and South of Buthidaung while 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Akyab. Near Chindwin 6 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tiddim road while 3 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack Japanese Headquarters in Kohima vicinity. 70 fighter-bombers and 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound numerous targets at Mogaung, Kamaing, and several points in North part of the Mogaung Valley. In Mandalay and surrounding area, 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroad yards and engine sheds, and 9 P-38 Lightning fighters hit stores and hangars.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance from Lashio to Man Kat cause considerable damage. 2 trucks, a warehouse, a water tank, and 2 locomotives are destroyed, gun positions and a bridge are strafed, and a Japanese occupied building is left in flames.

Fifth Air Force. 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound the Wewak area, hitting airfields at Wewak, But, Dagua, and Boram, and supply areas, troops, and several small villages. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Awar Point, 20 P-39 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack bridges and targets near Madang and 8 P-39 fighters attack roads, villages, and supply dump near Bunabun Harbour. A B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on reconnaissance sinks a lugger in Sepik River. Allied ground forces take Hollandia and occupy Alexishafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb runway and dispersal area at Lakunai. 35 fighter-bombers pound airfield at Tobera. 8 P-40 fighters attack occupied areas along bays of Tabut and Wariki.

Twentieth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Fighters make first interception of B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's as the very heavy bombers are flying over the Hump. The brief confrontation results in no losses on either side.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, having landed at Los Negros after bombing Guam on 25 April 1944, hit Ponape and return to Kwajalein. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based on Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje.

M293 Minesweeper
Commissioned 26 April 1944

T29 Torpedo boat
Sunk 26 April 1944

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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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