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26th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched in 4 operations against targets in France and Germany. In first operation 95 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb synthetic oil plant at Ludwigshafen, marshalling yards at Ehrang and Konz Karthaus, and other targets at Alzey and Meisenheim. 2 fighters groups fly support, with 1 group later strafing Speyer airfield. In second operation 171 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers escorted by 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group bomb 8 gun positions at Brest while clouds prevent over 150 other heavy bombers from bombing. In the third operation over 400 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 2 synthetic oil plants, 2 oil refineries, a fuel depot, 2 airfields, and targets in North West Germany. 7 fighters groups escort, with 1 group later conducting strafing attacks. In last operation an attack by 30 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers against 3 liquid oxygen plants in Belgium is aborted because of thick haze. 1 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group gives uneventful support.

Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command is relieved of its assignment to the Ninth Air Force upon transfer of the command and its service organisations from IX Air Force Services Command to First Allied Airborne Army commanded by General Brereton. IX Bomber Command strikes fuel dumps at Saint-Gobain, Fournival, Bois-de-Mont, and Compiegne, Clairoix, and troop and equipment concentrations at Rouen. Fighters fly escort to Bomber Command, ground forces and assault area cover, and armed reconnaissance in Rouen, Dijon, Chatillon-sur-Seine and South Loire areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 25-26 August 1944, fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over West Po Valley and over Nice area bomb vehicles and other targets, and during day bomb ammunition dumps in Southeast France and in North Central Italy. Medium bombers hit guns in Marseille area but several missions into Rhone Valley are aborted due to bad weather. Fighter-bombers and fighters fly armed reconnaissance over North Italy and Southeast France, attacking rail lines, roads, guns, vehicles, and other targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. 470 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack viaducts and bridges at Venzone, Avisio, and Latisana, and hit train ferry and terminal at Giurgiu, airfield at Otopeni, barracks and troops in Baneasa area and viaduct at Borovnica.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb storage area at Amoy. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb barracks area near Wenchow harbour and damage bridge near Sincheng. 31 fighter-bombers attack railroad targets, troops, sampans, and other targets in or near Yangtien, Yungfengshih, Siangsiang, Anjen, Laiyuan, Kinhwa, and Pengtse.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Koror and Peleliu airfields. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Haroekoe and Liang airfields. A-20 Havoc light bombers in close ground support hit troop concentrations in the Sarmi sector. Fighter-bombers hit targets in Wewak and Suain areas. P-39 fighters maintain patrols over West shore of Geelvink Bay.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima airfields. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters blast antiaircraft guns and troops on Pagan and Aguijan. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bombs Woleai and Yap.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kashiwabara staging area during early morning, starting several fires. Later 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe and bomb East coast of North Kurils, sinking a patrol boat. 1 out of 4 interceptors and one of the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are hit. 7 more B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets on Kashiwabara and on Otomari Cape, including docks, piers, boats, and a fuel dump. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters unsuccessfully attempt to intercept 4 unidentified aircraft West of Attu.

M266 Minesweeper
Sunk 26 August 1944

M455 Minesweeper
Is refloated and undergoes repairs.

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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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