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January 26, 1944
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WEDNESDAY, 26 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 B-24's bomb Maungdaw; 7 B-25's and 3 fighters hit a camp at Razabil and attack targets of opportunity between Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Eighteen P-40's from Kunming bomb and strafe the airfield and barracks at Kengtung.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 9 B-25's from Makin hit several targets in Maloelap; about 20 fighters attack the formation; 12 P-40's, meeting the returning B-25's over Aur Atoll, join the battle against the fighters, claiming 10+ destroyed; the B-25's claim 5 shot down; several more are destroyed on the ground or while taking off during the bombing raid. Nine B-25's from Tarawa hit Aineman in Jaluit and nearby shipping.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 80+ Allied fighters cover a strike by 50+ USN/USMC dive bombers on the Lakunai area AA positions and revetments; 3 Allied fighters are lost; 20+ Japanese airplanes are claimed shot down.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 42 B-24's bomb Momote and Lorengau. 140+ B-24's, A-20's, P-39's, and P-40's hit the Alexishafen-Madang area. 18 B-25's bomb Bogia. On New Britain, A-20's hit the Cape Raoult area and P-40's strafe barges along the N coast. 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, transfers from Brisbane to Dobodura with F-5's; first mission is 10 February.

USN: Carrier planes from Task Force 58 (TF-58) bomb targets in the Marshall Islands. Lost on a mission against Rabaul are F4U 55822 (MIA), F4U 17659 Hogan (MIA) and F4U 19061 Hill (rescued).

USMC: Lost is FG 13213 (rescued) and SBD 36231 (MIA).



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