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26th July 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Weather forces recall of several groups of medium bombers and light bombers, assigned to support United States First Army, but about 160 aircraft manage to bomb fuel dump at Senonches with good results. Fighters escort bombers, fly cover over assault area, carry out close support for ground troops in Saint-Lo area, and fly armed reconnaissance in Poix, Amiens, Chartres, Laval, and Angers areas.

Twelfth Air Force. During 25-26 July 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb roads and motor transport in Vado Ligure area and hit fuel supplies during following day. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridges in North Italy at Ronco Scrivia, Vado, Asti, Ostiglia, Carasco, Verona, and Poggio Renatico. Fighter-bombers attack road and rail bridges in North Italy at several points, strafe and bomb many gun positions, destroy or damage over 20 aeroplanes at Valence airfield, and hit numerous targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters on second shuttle mission leave Russian FRANTIC bases, strafe enemy aircraft in Bucharest Ploesti area, and return to bases in Italy. 330 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Wiener Neudorf aircraft factory, airfield at Markersdorf, Thalerhof, Zwolfaxing, and Bad Voslau, and targets of opportunity in Vienna area. Also hit are Szombathely airfield and oil storage at Berat. Fighters fly escort and carry out patrols and sweeps in Brod Zagreb and Ploesti Bucharest areas. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 70 aeroplanes shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 42 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters pound Myitkylna area while 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Mogaung and Kamaing sectors. About 20 other fighter-bombers hit targets at Hopin, Bhamo, Myothit, Wuntho, and North part of Mandalay. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage sheds at Mohnyin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 3 P-40 fighters blast town of Tengchung, breaching Southeast wall in several places. 32 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters attack targets throughout Tengchung, Lungling, and Mangshih areas. 97 P-40 fighters attack troops, horses, trucks, fortified points river shipping, and other targets at numerous locations in or near Siangtan, Changsha, Hengshan, Fulinpu, Leiyang, Pingkiang, Hengyang, Chaling, and Nanyo, airfield at Hengyang is also bombed.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again hit supply areas, command, and other targets on Woleai. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Babo and Ransiki. A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter-bombers, hit troop concentrations, small shipping, mortar positions, shore guns, and other targets along Hollandia Aitape Wewak coastline. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langgoer.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Saipan pound Tinian. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi attack Ponape.

The Messerschmitt Me 262 becomes the first jet fighter aircraft to have an operational victory during the Second World War.

R311 R-boat
Launched 26 July 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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