February 26, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): XI Bomber Command (Air Striking Group Task Group
90.1) is directed to conduct armed photographic reconnaissance missions over
the Kurile Islands, day or night, as weather permits. HQ 28th Bombardment Group (Composite) moves from Adak to Shemya.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 B-25s and P-51s demolish warehouses
in Naba and Hopin, attack bridges at Yeu, Bawgyo and Tantabin, and strafe railroad
cars and tracks at Tangon, Namyao, and Pyintha; the Tantabin bridge is rendered
unusable while approaches of the Ye-u and Bawgyo bridges are damaged.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Eleven B-25s from Nanning, China attack targets at Tourane, destroying 5 warehouses and a hangar at Tourang Airfield and a locomotive and four buildings at the railroad yard.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Tarawa and Abemama attack Wotje and Jaluit; P-40s from Makin bomb and strafe
targets on Mille. 27th and 38th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 30th Bombardment
Group (Heavy), based on Nanumea begin operating from Abemama and Makin respectively with B-24s.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s
join USN fighters in covering a USN dive bomber strike on Vunapope supply and
shipping facilities; 22 B-25s with fighter support, follow up with the day's
second strike on Vunapope; shortly afterwards, seventeen P-38s strike the same target;
twelve P-39s bomb and strafe Monoitu, Ruisei, Makapeko and Mawareka.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Wewak and Momote; B-25s, along with P-39s, hit the Madang-Alexishafen area and A-20s hit Angorum.