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April 26, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 3 B-24s bomb Akyab; 6 P-38s hit the Tiddim road near Chindwin; 70 fighter-bombers and three B-25s pound numerous targets at Mogaung, Kamaing and several points in the N part of the Mogaung Valley; in Mandalay and the surrounding area, 9 B-24s bomb railroad yards and engine sheds, and 9 P-38s hit stores and hangars.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, P-40s on armed reconnaissance from Lashio to Man Kat cause considerable damage; 2 trucks, a warehouse, a water tank, and 2 locomotives are destroyed, gun positions and a bridge are strafed and a Japanese-occupied building is left in flames.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Japanese fighters make their first interception of B-29s as they are flying over the Hump; the brief confrontation results in no losses on either aide.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s, having landed at Los Negros after bombing Guam on 25 Apr, hit Ponape and return to Kwajalein. B-25s based on Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s bomb the runway and dispersal area at Lakunai Airfield; and 35 fighter-bombers pound Tobera Airfield. 8 P-40s attack occupied areas along bays of Tabut and Wariki, Bougainville.

USN: Avengers from VT-305 bomb the runway at Vunakanau Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 120+ B-25s and A-20s pound the Wewak area, hitting Wewak Airfield, But Airfield, Dagua Airfield and Boram Airfield, and supply areas, troops, and several small villages. 13 B-24s bomb Awar Point, 20 P-39s and P-47s attack bridges and targets of opportunity near Madang and 8 P-39s attack roads, villages, and supply dump near Bunabun Harbor; a B-25 on reconnaissance sinks a lugger in the Sepik River; and Allied ground forces take Hollandia and occupy Alexishafen. The new US airbase at Tadji Airfield near Aitape is up and running only two days after the US landings on the site. This location allows ground based air cover for the entire New Guinea region.

RNZAF: Avengers attack Vunakanau Airfield. Lost is TBF Avenger NZ2507 (MIA).



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