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26th September 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb 2 marshalling yards, 2 aircraft plants, a steel works, and 2 airfields at Osnabruck, Hamm, Bremen, Rheine, and Hesepe, plus 3 targets in North West Germany. 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly escort. 8 fighters groups, including 2 attached from Ninth Air Force, support First Allied Airborne Army, claiming 32 fighters destroyed in combat. Over 160 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly fuel to France.

Ninth Air Force. No bomber missions are flown. IX Tactical Air Command supports United States First Army in Bonn area and cuts rail lines West of Rhine. XIX Tactical Air Command hits fortifications near Metz.

Twelfth Air Force. During 25-26 September 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb targets in Po Valley. Throughout the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound rail and road bridges in East and North West parts of the Valley while fighter-bombers and fighters of XII Fighter Command attack road nets, rails, motor transport, and supply points at many locations in the valley.

Tenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters flights hit targets in Bhamo Myothit area, including Sinkin, Momauk, and Nanhlaing. 3 other flights hit targets in Pinwe Mawlu area, including town of Nyaungbintha. 20 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters in 2 flights hit Tingka, fuel storage at Chefang, and repair shops at Wanting. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast troop concentrations and stores in Hinlong. 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers haul fuel to Liuchow, Yangtong, and Yungning.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lungfukwan and Mangshih while several P-40 fighters hit targets in same areas. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters attack and slightly damage Dara bridge and destroy road machinery nearby. About 50 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers continue armed reconnaissance over vast inland areas of South China, attacking troops, buildings, and other targets.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Maumere Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Liang and Kendari airfields. P-40 fighters hit Kokas.

Twentieth Air Force. 83 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, staging from Chengtu, bomb Anshan most of them striking Showa Steel Works with poor results. 15 others bomb Dairen, Sinsiang, and various targets. During 26-27 September 1944, Japanese aircraft bomb Chengtu area, damaging 5 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. This attack along with the one on 8 September 1944 set pattern for Japanese raids which usually follow B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber missions and continue until 19 December 1944 but are of light nature and annoying rather than seriously damaging.

Seventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. During 26-27 September 1944, another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers snooper hits Iwo Jima. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Gilberts bomb Nauru. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the Marshalls hit Wake during 26-27 September 1944.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies weather reconnaissance. Later 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers radar bomb Suribachi airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ranworth.

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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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