TUESDAY, 26 DECEMBER 1944
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-25s bomb Wan Lai-Kam, Burma and in China, 5 B-25s hit targets of opportunity in the Formosa Strait, in the Siang-Chiang Valley, and at Ikiawan and Changsha and 12 P-51s attack the Tsinan Airfield. 46 P-51s, P-38s, and P-40s hit railroad targets, shipping, storage and other targets of opportunity at or near Kinkiang, Anking, and Ka-chun, China; Lampang, Thailand; and the Mong Long Valley, and Man Pong, Burma.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s knock out and damage
bridges at Taunggon, Padan, and Kyaukhlebein; 34 P-47s hit troop concentrations at Panghai, Mongyu, Na-hsang, Man Om, and Hpa-lin; 8 others
hit stores area and a distributing point at Hsenwi, 11 attack supplies at Pangpao, and 2 bomb rafts, boats, and landing points at the Myitson ferry;
4 B-25s fly offensive night reconnaissance against communications lines; HQ
33d Fighter Group moves from Nagaghuli to Sahmaw. 275 transport sorties
are flown to forward areas. In India, HQ 4th Combat Cargo Group and the 16th
Combat Cargo Squadron move from Sylhet to Agartala with C-46s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 13 B-24s from Guam hit Iwo Jima.
Three B-24s from Saipan fly armed reconnaissance and bomb Marcus. Two B-24s
from the Mariana Islands strike Iwo Jima during the night of 26/27 Dec.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Clark
Field on Luzon Island; on Mindanao,
B-25s hit Matina
Airfield, shipping in the Davao River,
and bomb nearby Samal Island; and B-24s hit Libby Airfield; the 418th Night
Fighter Squadron, 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium), moves from Morotai to San
Jose, Mindoro with P-61s. On Halmahera, B-25s, B-24s, and
fighter-bombers hit Galela, Lolobata,
Tabako. Miscellaneous attacks by other FEAF aircraft are flown against
targets in N Borneo, NE Celebes, and Halmahera. The 36th Photographic
Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, moves from
Hollandia to Biak with F-5s (first mission is March 25, 1945). Lost are B-25D "Montana Maid" 42-87296 (KIA) and B-25D "The Mad Mizurian" 42-87297(MIA).
IJN: "Operation Rei-Go" Kiyoshimo is damaged by two direct hits from bombs dropped by B-25 Mitchells and sunk by a torpedo fired by PT-223.