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26th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon installations and targets in the Pas de Calais and Cherbourg areas.

Ninth Air Force. 338 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 35 A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Ijmuiden torpedo boat pens. Nearly 140 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb Creil marshalling yard and military installations in France.

Twelfth Air Force. Operations are at a minimum as bad weather continues. B-26 Marauder medium bombers score numerous hits on Arezzo viaducts, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Perugia railway bridge, scoring near misses, and A-20 Havoc light bombers successfully bomb troop concentrations North of Velletri. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters achieve direct hits on railway bridge North West of Stimigliano and near misses on railway bridge South West of Tarquinia. P-40 fighters hit guns near Fontana Liri and North of Anzio beachhead with good results.

Fifteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit port of Fiume and marshalling yards at Rimini and Maniago. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort. Over 150 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers abort missions because of bad weather.

Tenth Air Force. In Chin Hills region 40 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound Japanese positions in Tonzang Kalewa area and near Kalemyo. The fighter-bombers also claim more than 20 trucks destroyed in the Kalemyo area. Near Chindwin 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troops along Imphal Tiddim road. 70 fighter-bombers and a lone B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets in Moraung Valley area, including airfields at Manywet and Myitkyina, and bridges, roads, railroads and targets at Mogaung, Kamaing, and Myitkyina. In the Katha area 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Japanese bivouac Northeast of Bhamo and claim 6 warehouses destroyed at Nankan.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Bakli bay area. 2 merchant vessels are claimed sunk, and damage is done to tracks and loading equipment. 4 P-40 fighters on sweep of North coast of Gulf of Tonkin sink ore boat and damage 4 barges.

Fifth Air Force. 220 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters hit Wewak, Boram, lape Wom, Aitape, Hansa Bay coast, Mushu Island, and general area along North coast of Northeast New Guinea, blasting storage areas, barges, shipping, rounded aeroplanes, fuel dumps, and enemy troops. Other A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Bunaun Harbour while P-39 fighters hit Madang area. P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters attack Cape roskins and troops in Talasea area. On Manus Island A-20 Havoc light bombers hit buildings and Japanese positions on South shore.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Vunakanau airfield and 37 fighter-bombers attack supply areas along Talili Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to heckle Rabaul area during the night. In Bougainville area 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 20 fighter-bombers hit pillboxes and targets on islands off Tekessi River mouth and near Monoitu. Fighter-bombers again support round forces along Empress Auusta Bay, hitting supply dump North of Reini River and enemy positions near mouths of Tekessi and Maririei rivers. The fighter-bombers claim destruction of bridge over the Puriata River. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on mission against Truk Island fail to reach target and bomb Pulusuk Island instead. Several of the heavy bombers are forced to land on Green Island because of fuel shortages.

Seventh Air Force. Eniwetok based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Jaluit, rearm at Majuro, and hit Jaluit again on return flight to Tarawa.

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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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