FRIDAY, 26 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 P-51s and P-40s hit Chenghsien Airfield and locomotives, tracks, and motor transport at Nanking and Sinsiang.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): During the night of 25/26 January, two missions are flown: Mission 30: 25 of 26 B-29s mine Saigon, Camranh Bay and Phan Rang Bay without loss. Mission 31: 41 of 50 B-29s mine the six approaches to Singapore Harbor and Penang Harbor and the Pakchan River and Koh Si Chang Channel in Thailand.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 fighter-bombers support
ground forces in the Namhkam area; 140+ fighter-bombers hit troops, supplies,
guns, railroad targets, and targets of opportunity at Tangtong, Panghai, Man
Pwe, Kyaunghkam, Mong Pa, Na-lang, Hsenwi, Molo, Mong Tat, Humon, Tonghkan,
Pangnim, Konghsa, Namtu, Namhsan, and in the Nampok area. Transports fly 500+
sorties to advanced bases and frontline areas. The detachment of the 493d Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), operating from Luliang transporting gasoline to Suichwan, China with B-24s, returns to base at Pandaveswar.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Seventeen Guam based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima airfields; during
then night of 26/27 Jan, the airfields are hit by 9 B-24s on individual harassment
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s hit coastal guns on Corregidor and
Pass; B-25s bomb the Cabcaben Airfield area and coastal guns on Carabao and A-20s attack Grande coastal defenses at the mouth of Subic Bay. On Mindanao,
B-25s bomb Likanan and Sasa and
P-38s strafe the same targets and also hit Padada. A-20s and fighter-bombers,
along with a few B-24s, continue armed reconnaissance and miscellaneous attacks
against airfields, communications, vehicles, coastal guns, town areas, and
other targets throughout Luzon and in the Central Philippines. HQ 3d Air Commando
Group, the 3d and 4th Fighter Squadrons (Commando) and the 318th Troop Carrier
Squadron (Commando) move from Leyte to Mangaldan with P-51s and C-47s. HQ 90th Bombardment Group and the 321st
and 400th Bombardment Squadrons move from Biak to San
Jose, Mindoro with B-24s. The 69th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier
Group, moves from Biak to Tanauan with C-47s. The 386th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group, moves from Tanauan to San
Jose with A-20s.