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26th April 1945

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Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Headquarters IX Tactical Air Command moves from Marburg, Lahn to Weimar. 125 9th Bomber Division bombers hit Plattling airfield. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly Air Force cover, carry out armed reconnaissance in Germany and Czechoslovakia, drop leaflets, and co-operate with United States XII Corps as its forces cross into Austria Southeast of Passau, and XX Corps as it begins full scale assault across the Danube at Regensburg. Fighters claim 19 combat victories.

Twelfth Air Force. During 25-26 April 1945, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) XXII Tactical Air Command aircraft hit marshalling yards, airfields, motor transport, and other command targets, mainly in North Po Valley. Medium bombers complete 1 of 4 missions dispatched cloud obscures 3 targets, hitting Chioggia bridge and knocking out a span. XXII Tactical Air Command fighters and fighter-bombers attack enemy movement throughout afternoon, destroying over 150 motor transport.

Fifteenth Air Force. 107 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb motor transport depot at Tarvisio, and marshalling yards at Sachsenburg, Lienz, Spittal an der Drau, and Klagenfurt all targets. 117 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 196 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, also dispatched against targets in North Italy, abort due to bad weather. 155 fighters provide escort. 75 P-38 Lightning fighters and 102 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly armed reconnaissance over North Italy. Of these, 12 P-38 Lightning fighters and 48 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe targets. All of the P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb rail-lines and road bridges. 16 other P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb North West part of Alesso. Reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort and supply escort missions by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers continue as usual.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack troop concentrations East of Vian Sing, at Naungtaw, and in Loilem vicinity. Transports land or drop 553 tons of supplies at forward bases and front line areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks at Hongay. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out bridges near Wuchang and North of Taiku and damage bridge near Kaifeng. 80 fighter-bombers blast troops, horses, road and rail transport, tanks, gun positions, and targets at numerous places in South and East China as the campaign against the occupying Japanese intensifies.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Shanghai. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Heito sugar refinery and nearby targets. P-38 Lightning fighters on sweep also hit several targets of opportunity. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to fly numerous sorties in support of ground forces in North and South Luzon. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers join United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft in pounding Cebu targets. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Miri airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighters hit targets on Tarakan Island.

Twentieth Air Force. 195 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's some escorted by fighters of VII Fighter Command bomb airfields at Usa, Oita, Saeki, Tomitaka, Imabari, Nittagahara, Miyazaki, Kanoya, Kokubu, and Miyakonojo. Other very heavy bombers hit targets.

Seventh Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam bomb Eten Island.

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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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