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): Saipan based P-47s 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).