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26th December 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 3 marshalling yards and 2 bridges at Andernach, Neuwied, Sinzig, and Niederlahnstein, and 3 other targets in West German battle area. 5 fighters groups fly escort and 2 others fly sweeps in Bonn area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 9th Bomber Division attacks road junctions, rail bridges, rail head, command and casual targets in breakthrough area as Wehrmacht's westward drive ends short of the Maas River. Fighters fly escort, armed reconnaissance, sweeps, and support United States III and VIII Corps South of Bastogne, as United States 4th Armoured Division breaks ring around the city.

Twelfth Air Force. Good weather permits operations in force for first time in several days. During 25-26 December 1944, A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb area between battle line and Bologna, attack lights, motor transport, and railroads in Po Valley, and hit Vicenza airfield. During the day medium bombers concentrate on Brenner Pass and hit Padua, San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Ponte di Piave, Dolce, Pordenone railroad bridge, and 2 dumps in Bologna area. Fighter-bombers bomb railways, especially Brenner line, bridges in Po Valley, and Northeast Italy, support United States Fifth Army forces South of Bologna and in Serchio River Valley where the Wehrmacht ground forces begin series of counter-attacks, and hit shipping at La Spezia and Genoa.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 380 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Odertal, Blechhammer South, and Auschwitz oil refineries, railroad bridge at Ora and viaduct at Avisio, plus scattered targets 26 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb railroad bridge at Latisana. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort the heavy bomber missions.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out and damage bridges at Taunggon, Padan, and Kyaukhlebein. 34 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit troop concentrations at Panghai, Mongyu, Na-hsang, Man Om, and Hpa-lin. 8 others hit stores area and distributing point at Hsenwi, 11 attack supplies at Pangpao, and 2 bomb rafts, boats, and landing points at Myitson ferry. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly offensive night reconnaissance against command lines. 275 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wan Lai-Kam. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets in Formosa Strait, in Siang Chiang Valley, and at Ikiawan and Changsha. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack Tsinan airfield. 46 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters hit railroad targets, shipping, storage and other targets at or near Kinkiang, Anking, Ka-chun, Lampang, Monglong Valley, and Man Pong.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Clark Field. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Matina airfield, shipping in Davao River, and bomb nearby Samal Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Libby airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and fighter-bombers hit Galela, Lolobata, and Hate Tabako. Miscellaneous attacks by other Far East Air Force (FEAF) aeroplanes are flown against targets in North Borneo, Northeast Celebes, and Halmahera.

Seventh Air Force. 13 Guam based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Iwo Jima. 3 from Saipan fly armed reconnaissance and bomb Marcus. 2 heavy bombers from the Marianas strike Iwo Jima during 26-27 December 1944.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Nazeing.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Islington.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pitsea.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Dartford Marshes.

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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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