May 26, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 26 MAY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, twelve B-25s and six P-51s damage
two bridges north of Hankow; Four B-25s hit railroad targets around Lohochai and between
Kinkiang and Kioshan; 3 B-25s attack truck convoys in the Siangtan and Paoching
areas and along the Paoching-Hengyang-Changsha highway; 80+ fighter-bombers
over several areas in S and E China continue to harass Japanese movements, attacking
troops and positions and hitting rail and road traffic; the Japanese complete
their withdrawal from Yungning, severing the land connection with French Indochina;
the Chinese retake Nanning.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Ten B-24s from Guam bomb the Marcus Airfield.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Sixteen P-47s from Saipan strafe Moen Airfield, Dublon Seaplane Base, and targets of opportunity at Truk. Mission 184: During the night of 26/27 May, 29 B-29s mine
waters in Shimonoseki Strait and at Fushiki, Fukuoka, and Karatsu.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-25s and P-38s sweep
the W part of Formosa causing extensive damage to a variety of communications
and industrial targets. A-20s and fighter-bombers pound numerous Luzon Island
targets, particularly in the Balete
Pass area and B-24s bomb Tuguegarao and Echague. Fighter-bombers support ground forces on Cebu. In Borneo,
B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers hit Tarakan, Beaufort, Weston, Tenom,
Trusan Haji, Sandakan, and Jesselton.
HMAS: Damaged by shore batteries is HMAS Colac (J242/M05).