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

MONDAY, 26 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Twellve B-25s fly three four-plane air cover missions for a U.S. Naval task force withdrawal after shelling installations at Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 30+ B-25s fly ammunition to Imphal. 80+ A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Myitkyina; seven other fighter-bombers hit Waingmaw, Loilaw, and Pyindaw.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fourteen B-24s blast Hankow, causing heavy damage and fires; 180+ B-25s and fighter-bombers attack river shipping and several villages in the Tungting Lake area; the towns of Yuankiang, Sinshih, Siangtan, Liling, and Hengshan are bombed, as is the warehouse area at Yuhsien; numerous troop and truck concentrations and other targets of opportunity throughout the entire region are attacked; in the Salween area 14 B-25s and 36 P-40s knock out a bridge at Tingka, damage another near Mangshih, bomb military installations at Tengchung, strafe Japanese positions at Lungling, and hit targets of opportunity between Lungling and Tengchung; the Japanese bomb Lingling Airfield, damaging the runway and destroying a P-51; and the flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, operating from Suichwan with F-5s returns to base at Kunming.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan continue to hit enemy forces remaining on Saipan and Tinian while P-61s carry out night patrols over Saipan. B-25s from Makin pound Ponape and Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb targets on Yap and Sorol Atoll; others on armed reconnaissance bomb airstrips at Woleai and Peleliu Airfield. AAF and other Allied aircraft hit airfields, AA positions, and other targets in the Rabaul and Cape Orford areas. The Wewak area is hit throughout the day by Fifth Air Force B-24s and P-39s, along with USN and RAAF aircraft; P-38s, P-47s, A-20s, A-26s, B-24s, and B-25s attack airfields, shipping, villages, town areas, roads, and numerous other targets at Efman, Noemfoor, Japen, and Biak, at Manokwari and Ransiki and near Sarmi; 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves from Hollandia to Mokmer Drome with P-38s; and 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based on Guadalcanal sends a detachment to operate from Nadzab with P-61s. Lost is B-24D "Madame Libby The Sea Ducer" 42-40838 (MIA).

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