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26th November 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb rail viaducts at Altenbeken and Bielefeld, Misburg oil refinery, marshalling yards at Hamm, Osnabruck, Hannover, Gutersloh, Bielefeld, and Herford, and 7 targets. 15 fighters groups fly escort. About 550 Luftwaffe fighters are encountered. Heavy bomber losses total over 35 (25 to fighters). United States fighters claim over 100 air victories.

Ninth Air Force. 173 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb supply, storage, stores, and ordnance depots at Gaulsheim, Bergzabern, Giessen, Reichenbach, and Homburg, Saar. Fighters fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance over West Germany, search for lost A-20 Havoc light bombers, escort 9th Bomber Division, and support United States 29th Infantry Division at Bourheim and XX and XII Corps in area of the Maginot Line and German French border.

Twelfth Air Force. Slight improvement in weather permits fighter-bombers to increase operations. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters closely support ground forces in United States Fifth Army battle area in the Apennines South of Bologna and cut rail lines in over 30 places North of the immediate battle zone.

Fifteenth Air Force. 39 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters fly offensive sweep over Seregelyes airfield and strafe nearby road and rail traffic. Other fighters fly reconnaissance and escort.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue close support strikes. About 60 fighter-bombers hit concentrations, supply and ammunition dumps, and rail targets at Panghkai, Kunmong, Mabein, Lashio, Panku, and around Meza. 7 others on railroad sweep hit targets between Maymyo and Man Pyen. Transports fly more than 300 sorties to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast railway cars, station, and track, hit several trucks, and hit town areas at Hochih and Phu Lang Thuong 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at Kengluang. 90 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit river, rail, and road traffic and other targets over wide South China areas, 40 of them concentrating on targets between Kweiyi and Changsha and around Liuchow.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, some with fighters support, bomb La Carlota and Talisay airfields. Fighter-bombers hit airfields and various targets throughout the area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound airfields in Amboina Ceram area and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields near Davao. Others bombers and fighters fly light strikes and armed reconnaissance missions against a variety of targets in North Celebes, North Borneo, South Luzon, Mindanao, and Halmahera.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan strafe airfields on Pagan. During the night a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on snooper mission from Guam bombs Iwo Jima. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Angaur bomb Arakabesan.

Eleventh Air Force. Shipping sweep by 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers is called off due to weather.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Clacton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit near Orfordness.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Rainham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Chigwell.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Walthamstow.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Billericay.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Cranham, near Romford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Horndon, near Tilbury.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hertford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Canvey Island.

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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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