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April 26, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

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 intensifies.

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 areas.

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 to Japan.

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.



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