THURSDAY, 26 APRIL 1945
CARIBBEAN (Sixth Air Force): The 29th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), VI Bomber
Command, moves from Rio Hato, Panama to the Galapagos Islands with B-24s.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-24s bomb docks at Hongay, French Indochina. In China, ten B-25s and four P-47s knock out bridges near Wuchang and
N of Taiku and damage a bridge near Kaifeng; 80+ fighter-bombers blast troops,
horses, road and rail transport, tanks, gun positions, and targets of opportunity
at numerous places in S and E China as the campaign against the occupying Japanese
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30 P-38s and P-47s attack
troop concentrations E of Wan Sing, at Naungtaw, and in the vicinity of Loilem;
transports land or drop 553 tons of supplies at forward bases and frontline
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: 13 B-24s from Guam bomb Eten. VII Fighter Command: Mission 6: An unknown number of P-51s escort B-29s
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Missions 97 to 107: 195 B-29s (some escorted
by fighters of the VII Fighter Command) bomb airfields at Usa, Oita, Saeki,
Tomitaka, Imabari, Nittagahara, Miyazaki, Kanoya, Kokubu, and Miyakonojo, Japan;
41 other B-29s hit targets of opportunity.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Shanghai. On Formosa, B-25s hit the Heito sugar refinery and nearby targets of
opportunitys and P-38s on a sweep also hit several targets of opportunity.
B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers continue to fly numerous sorties in support
of ground forces on N and S Luzon. B-24s join USMC aircraft in pounding Cebu targets. B-24s hit Miri Airfield and B-25s and fighters
hit targets on Tarakan. Unit moves: 12th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter
Group, based at San Jose with P-38s, begins operating from Puerto Princesa; 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, from San Marcelino to Clark Field with P-38s and P-61s.
U. S. Army: Soldiers from three divisions attack Japanese positions on Kakuazu Ridge (Hacksaw Ridge) on Okinawa.