June 26, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 26 JUNE 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 21 P-51s bomb or strafe road,
river, and rail traffic, motor pools, gun positions, and buildings around Yoyang, Hengyang, Chenghsien, Linfen, and Tsinan, and knock out a bridge SW of Yutze.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): At dawn, signle B-24 from Guam attacks heavy AA positions
on the west side of Marcus.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 510 B-29s and 148 P-51s fly 9 missions against
aircraft factories, light-metals industries and arsenals in S Honshu and Shikoku;
6 B-29s and 1 P-51 are lost. Mission 223: 64 B-29s hit the light metal industry
at Osaka and 4 others hit alternate targets. Mission 224: 109 B-29s attack the Osaka Arsenal; 3 others hit alternate targets; 1 B-29 is lost. Mission 225:
31 B-29s hit the Kawasaki aircraft plant at Akashi and 5 others hit targets
of opportunity; the 4,000-pound (1,814 kg) bombs are well- placed but the target
has been almost destroyed in previous raids. Mission 226 and Mission 227: 58 B-29s
attack Nagoya Arsenal; 6 others hit alternate targets; 1 B-29 is lost. Missions
228 and 231: 85 B-29s hit the Kawasaki aircraft plant at Kagamigahara; 23 others
hit alternate targets; 2 B-29s are lost; every important building is knocked
out. Mission 229: 50 B-29s attack the Aichi aircraft plant at Eitoku and 14
others attack alternate targets; 2 B-29s are lost; the raid causes light damage.
Mission 230: 29 B-29s hit the light metal industry at Nagoya and 2 others hit
targets of opportunity. The B-29s claim 20 Japanese fighters destroyed. The
Nagoya and Osaka missions are escorted by 148 P-51s; they claim 2-0-5 Japanese
aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost. Mission 232: During the night of 26/27 Jun, 33 B-29s
attack the Utsube Oil Refinery at Yokkaichi, the top-priority petroleum target;
1 other B-29 hits an alternate target.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers
hit targets in the Infanta area and troop concentrations in the Cagayan Valley and Kiangan area; ground support strikes are flown in the Cervantes area and
E of Manila. Strikes against the Balikpapan area continue by B-24s
and B-25s hitting oil targets and Manggar Airfield and B-24s bomb
the Trombol Airfield. Other B-24s bomb Limboeng Airfield.
On Formosa during the night of 26/26 Jun, P-61s set fires at the Ensuiko sugar
refinery while B-24s hit the sugar refinery at Tanshi during the day. Lost is P-38 pilot Hootman (MIA).