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26th March 1945

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Eighth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Zeitz synthetic oil plant, Plauen tank factory, and cities of Meiningen, Wurzburg, Oelsnitz, and Markt Erlbach. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly close and area support.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers hit at Wurzburg, Gemunden, and Flieden, town of Ruckers, and 2 targets. Fighters escort 9th Bomber Division, fly armed reconnaissance, hit special targets and support various ground forces along the front. Fighter support is accorded United States 2d, 3d, 7th, and 9th Armoured Division in Hachenburg, Montabaur, and Limburg areas, XII Corps along the Main River from Frankfurt Main to Aschaffenburg, and Ninth Army elements in bridgehead area around Gahlen.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather grounds medium bombers and hampers operations in general. During 26-27 March 1945, 3 light bombers hit bridges at Cittadella and Verona. Fighter-bombers, operating on reduced scale, hit command targets in West Po Valley, cutting a road bridge and several railroads, and attacking several targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack marshalling yards at Wiener Neustadt, Strasshof, Bruck an der Leitha, Neunkirchen, Bratislava and Szombathely. 46 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb bridge at Ybbs while 26 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, covered by 13 others, strafe rail traffic in Wiener Neustadt, Vienna, Budejovice areas. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly reconnaissance operations.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers operating over and behind Central Burma battle lines attack artillery positions, troop concentrations, road command, and supply areas. 522 air supply sorties are being completed throughout the day.

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 80 fighter-bombers, operating individually or in small flights, continue to disrupt mobility and supply lines throughout South and East China, hitting numerous targets chiefly trucks; tanks; supply areas, horses, troops, artillery pieces. Several of the fighter-bombers also damage considerably Puchou airfield.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighter-bombers bomb Legaspi and targets in the area including fuel dump at Camalig. Fighter-bombers hit numerous targets in North Luzon at Solvec Cove, Baguio, Mankayan, Sante Fe, and other areas. In South West Luzon A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers support United States ground forces, hitting Ternate, and towns in Tayabas and Batangas Provinces. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers in Central Phil hit Cebu City and East coast targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Takao.

Seventh Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers from Iwo Jima bomb and strafe Susaki airfield while 16 bomb and strafe weather and radar stations on Chichi Jima and town of Kitamura. 9 Guam based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Marcus. During 26-27 March 1945, 3 heavy bombers from Guam on individual snooper strikes hit Chichi Jima. Enemy makes final attack on Iwo Jima in early morning attempt to infiltrate bivouac area. Capture and occupation phase of Iwo ends at 0800 when General Chaney becomes Island Commander.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 missions, each by 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, attempt to bomb canneries on the Masugawa and the Hayakegawa rivers. Fighters drive off Masugawa mission. Other mission cannot find target due to weather. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kataoka naval base.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Lambourne.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Cheshunt.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bermondsey.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Hornchurch.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Navestock.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Bromley.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Romford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Noak Hill.

R145 R-boat
Sunk 26 March 1945

R260 R-boat
Sunk 26 March 1945

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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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