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October 26, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1944

AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s which abort a naval task force cover mission after failing to find the ships, two bomb installations on Onnekotan.

THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-24s and B-25s attack shipping off the E Luichow Peninsula; B-25s also hit river shipping from Dosing to Takhing and a Yellow River bridge; fighters attack the town of Menghsu, hit targets of opportunity around Menghsu and Kweiping, and make an armed reconnaissance attack on Hongay, French Indochina; B-25s and fighters bomb railroad yards at Hsuchang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eight P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe Pagan. 15 B-25s based in the Gilberts, bomb Nauru Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack a naval force of 2 battleships, 5 aircraft carriers, and 5 destroyers W of Panay; hits are claimed on a battleship and 2 carriers; on Mindanao , P-38s hit vehicles in the Davao area and B-25s bomb Iligan. On Halmahera, P-40s attack targets of opportunity in the Dodinga-Kaoe Bay area, Djailolo, supply area south of Galela, and guns south of Doro. A-20s and B-25s bomb Urarom; the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3d Air Commando Group, arrives at Nadzab with C-47s. Lost is G4M2 Betty with pilots of the 201st Kokutai:

USN: STAG-1 four drones launched against targets in Rabaul. This was the last attack in a month long demonstration of the TDR assault drone was made by Special Task Air Group, thereby concluding the first use of the guided missile in the Pacific. During the demonstration a total of 46 drones were expended of which 29 reached the target areas: two attacked a lighthouse on Cape St. George, making one hit which demolished the structure; nine attacked anti-aircraft emplacements on beached ships achieving six direct hits and two near misses; and 18 attacked other targets in the Shortlands and Rabaul areas making 11 hits.

USA: P-51D Mustang 44-15669 is lost over over Santa Monica Bay off Los Angeles.



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