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26th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Weather limits operations to uneventful reconnaissance flights.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb marshalling yards at Prato, Empoli, and Pistoia.

Fifth Air Force. United States 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester at 0746. 270 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers plaster the area between the Cape and Borgen Bay from 0714 to 1614. Enemy aircraft attacking the landing force sink a destroyer and cause considerable damage to other ships, but P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters claim over 60 aeroplanes shot down over the invasion area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with 34 fighters, attack Cape Saint George area. 25 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound bivouac and supply area at Kahili. B-34 Lexington bomber on reconnaissance bomb Chivaroi and Faisi.

Seventh Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa, bomb Wotje. P-39 fighters fly reconnaissance and strafing missions over Mille.

Scharnhorst Battleship
Sunk 26 December 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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