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26th February 1945

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Eighth Air Force. 1,102 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit 3 railroad stations in Berlin, plus targets including Eberswalde. 15 fighters groups provide escort.

Ninth Air Force. 235 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack command centre at Wickrath, rail and road junctions at Zieverich and Gladbach, a supply and ammunition depot casual target, towns of Kapellen, Viersen, and Munstereifel, and targets. Weather limits fighters operations to armed reconnaissance flights in Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg area by XIX Tactical Air Command.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, during 25-26 February 1945, considerably damage marshalling yards at Castelfranco Veneto and Bazzano. Medium bombers bomb railroad bridges at Legnago, Ala, Pontetidone, and San Michele all'Adige. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit bridges, marshalling yards, rail lines, and transport targets at numerous points including Nervesa della Battaglia, Ora, Bologna, Trento, Vicenza, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, and Avisio, and bomb airfields at Ghedi and Bergamo. XXII Tactical Air Command aircraft also support United States Fifth Army forces in battle area South of Bologna.

Fifteenth Air Force. During 25-26 February 1945, supply drops to North Italy continue. During the day 32 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb and strafe Graz, Bruck an der Mur Wiener Neustadt rail lines. 12 others fly top cover. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance and escort missions. 102 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, dispatched against tactical targets in Yugoslavia, are recalled when clouds completely cover objectives.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters support troops of British 36th Division in Mongmit area. 8 support MARS Task Force (United States 533rd Brigade) in Lashio sector while 16 others fly close support for Chinese 50th Division troops near Namhsam. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on low-level strikes knock out bypass bridges an Mong Pawn and Loi-leng. 80 fighter-bombers and 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to attack troops, supplies, road traffic, and other targets immediately behind lines. Again 600 transport sorties are flown.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, some with fighter escort, bomb Ishan, Luchai, Siangtan, and hit bridges at Chuchou and Loshan. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges, railroad tracks, and heavy port equipment at Ha Trung, along the Chu River, and at Hongay and Haiphong. 70 fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance over South and East China and North Indochina attack numerous targets including airfields, town areas, and river, rail, road traffic.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Formosa hit Takao airfield while fighters on sweep strafe railroad targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb troop concentrations in Ipo Dam area and support ground forces Northeast of Manila. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support ground forces in Echague airfield area, at Ternate, Trinidad, and Antipolo, and hit troops West of St. Stotsenburg. A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft hit Puerto Princesa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Manggar and Sepinggang airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Zettle airfield.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Woolwich.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bobbingworth.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Belvedere, Erith.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Leyton.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Pitsea Marshes.

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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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