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26th June 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 72 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers leave Poltava and Mirgorod, rendezvous with 55 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Piryatin, bomb oil refinery and marshalling yard at Drohobycz 1 returns to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics because of mechanical trouble, and then proceed to Foggia. Fifteenth Air Force P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers meet formation an hr after the attack and escort the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers to Italy. It is planned to return the heavy bombers to bases in United Kingdom on 27 June 1944 but bad weather delays this move until 5 July 1944.

Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels all Ninth Air Force operations save a few fighters sorties which result in claims against a few military vehicles and 3 aeroplanes as United States ground forces capture Cherbourg. 3 United States fighters are lost.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather grounds medium bombers. Fighter-bombers, operating on reduced schedule, hit railroad targets and other targets in battle area South of Gothic Line.

Fifteenth Air Force. 677 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack targets in Vienna area, hitting aircraft factory at Schwechat, marshalling yard at Vienna, Floridsdorf, and refineries at Korneuburg, Vienna, Floridsdorf, Moosbierbaum, Schwechat, Winterhafen, and Lobau. Fighters fly over 260 sorties in support. An estimated 150 to 175 Luftwaffe fighters attack formations. Nearly 30 United States aircraft (mostly heavy bombers) are lost. United States claims total more than 60 Luftwaffe fighters.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly ammunition to Imphal. More than 80 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters pound Myitkyina. 7 Other fighter-bombers hit Waingmaw, Loilaw, and Pyindaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast Hankow, causing heavy damage and fires. 180 medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack river shipping and several villages in Tungting Lake area. Towns of Yuankiang, Sinshih, Siangtan, Liling, and Hengshan are bombed, as is warehouse area at Yuhsien. Numerous troop and truck concentrations and other targets throughout the entire region are attacked. In Salween area 14 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 36 P-40 fighters knock out bridge at Tingka, damage another near Mangshih, bomb military installations at Tengchung, strafe Japanese positions at Lungling, and hit targets between Lungling and Tengchung. Japanese bomb Lingling airfield, damaging runway and destroying a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Wewak area is hit throughout the day by Fifth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-39 fighters, along with United States Navy and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes: P-38 Lightning fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack airfields, shipping, villages, town areas, roads, and numerous other targets at Efman, Noemfoor, Japan, and Biak Islands, at Manokwari and Ransiki, and near Sarmi. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets on Yap and Sorol Islands. Others on armed reconnaissance bomb airstrips at Woleai and Peleliu. Army Air Force and other Allied aircraft hit airfields, antiaircraft positions, and other targets in Rabaul and Cape Orford areas.

Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit enemy forces remaining on Saipan and on Tinian while P-61 Black Widow, night fighter carry out night patrols over Saipan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin pound Ponape and Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 3 4 plane air cover missions for Naval Task Force on withdrawal following shelling of Kurabu Cape installations.

R46 R-boat
Sunk 26 June 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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