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26th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. 144 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers scheduled to bomb V-weapon sites in France are recalled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Cisterna di Latina, toward which United States Fifth Army's VI Corps is moving. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters fly harassing attacks against roads and railroads, bombing at Belmonte in Sabina, Cisterna, Itri, Ceccano, Frosinone, Poggio Mirteto, and at points around these towns. A-36 Apache dive bomber destroy fuel dump and several trucks and artillery caissons in Ceprano-Priverno area.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Maungdaw. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 3 fighters hit camp at Razabil and attack targets between Maungdaw and Buthidslung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Kunming bomb and strafe airfields and barracks at Kengtung.

Fifth Air Force. 42 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Momote and Lorengau. 140 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters hit Alexishafen, Madang area. 18 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Bogia village. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Cape Raoult area and P-40 fighters strafe barges along North coast of New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 80 Allied fighters cover strike by more than 50 Navy dive bombers on Lakunai area antiaircraft positions and revetments. 3 Allied fighters are lost. More than 20 aeroplanes are claimed shot down.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit several targets in Maloelap Atoll. About 20 fighters attack the formation. 12 P-40 fighters, meeting the returning medium bombers over Aur Atoll, join battle against the fighters, claiming more than 10 destroyed. The medium bombers claim 5 shot down. Several more are destroyed on ground or while taking off during the bombing raid. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Aineman Island, Jaluit Atoll, and nearby shipping.

R134 R-boat
Launched 26 January 1944

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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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