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ALLIES POUND 6 NAZI AIR PLANTS IN 2-WAY DAY AND NIGHT ATTACKS (2/26/44)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 2/26/44 | Drew Middleton, George F. Horne, Tillman Durdin, Milton Bracker, C.L. Sulzberger, James B. Reston

Posted on 02/26/2014 4:28:10 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: milhist; realtime; worldwarii

1 posted on 02/26/2014 4:28:11 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
2 posted on 02/26/2014 4:28:53 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
Eastern Europe, 1941: Russian Leningrad and Ukraine Offensives – Operations, 2 December 1943-30 April 1944
Allied Advance to Volturno River, Reorganization, and Attack on Gustav Line (17 January-11 May 1944)
Anzio-Cassino Area, 1943: Attempts to Cross Rapido and Garigliano Rivers, 17-20 January 1944. Anzio Landing, 22 January 1944. German Counterattack at Anzio, 16-19 February 1944
New Guinea and Alamo Force Operations: Clearing the Huon Peninsula and Securing the Straits, 19 September 1943-26 April 1944
Cartwheel, the Seizure of the Gilberts and Marshalls, and Concurrent Air and Naval Operations, 30 June 1943-26 April 1944
The Far East and the Pacific, 1941: Original Allied Strategic Concept, May 1943; Situation in Pacific, 1 November 1943
3 posted on 02/26/2014 4:29:18 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
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The Nimitz Graybook

4 posted on 02/26/2014 4:33:43 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
V-Mail from New Guinea.

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5 posted on 02/26/2014 4:34:31 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Billboard Top Ten for the Week of February 26, 1944

#1 - “My Heart Tells Me” - Glen Gray, with Eugenie Baird
#2 - “Besame Mucho” – Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberly and Kitty Kallen
#3 – “Shoo Shoo Baby” - Andrews Sisters
#4 - “Star Eyes” - Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberly and Kitty Kallen
#5 – “Shoo Shoo Baby” - Ella Mae Morse, with orchestra
#6 – “I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night” – Frank Sinatra
#7 - “Mairzy Doats” – Merry Macs
#8 – “Paper Doll” - Mills Brothers
#9 - “Holiday for Strings” – David Rose
#10 - “My Ideal” – Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberly

6 posted on 02/26/2014 4:35:00 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
Regensburg Fired (Middleton) – 2-3
Guam Also Bombed (Horne) – 4
Marianas Score Amazing to Knox – 4-5
The War from a Foxhole on Bougainville (photo) – 5
Trap for Indians Broken in Burma – 6
Hundreds of U.S. Doctors, Nurses Attend Chinese Forces in Burma (Durdin) – 6
American Marines Storm Ashore at Engebi Island in the Marshalls (photos) – 7
Eisenhower Holds Invasion Preview – 8
Allied Chiefs Watch Maneuvers for Invasion (page 1 photo) * – 8
Ten Nazi Divisions Mass below Rome (Bracker) – 9
U.S. Japanese Win Praise at Cassino (Sulzberger) – 9
Russians Push on Closer to Pskov – 10
Finns Invited to Moscow for Parley, London Hears (Reston) – 11
War News Summarized – 11
Latest War Casualties – 14
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the War – 15-16

* Extra credit for identifying the unidentified officer.

7 posted on 02/26/2014 4:36:14 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/feb44/f26feb44.htm

Soviets bomb Helsinki
Saturday, February 26, 1944 www.onwar.com

Over Finland... Some 600 Soviet bombers attack Helsinki between 1800 and 0600 the following morning. Fires begun by the raid are visible for 400 km. Only three bombers are lost.

On the Eastern Front... In the north, Soviet forces capture Porkhov, east of Dno.

In the Bismark Archipelago... Allied aircraft raid Rabaul, on New Britain, destroying Japanese munitions dumps.

In British Guiana... The source of the Orinoco River is discovered by the crew of a USAAF plane in a mountainous gorge near the Brazilian-Venezuelan border.

In Occupied France... French resistance members attack the SOMUA armor plate works at Lyons. Over 30 of the plastic explosive charges planted fail to detonate.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 4:37:09 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/26.htm

February 26th, 1944 (SATURDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM: London: US heavy bombers escorted into the heart of Germany by long-range Mustang fighters, have won a great victory over the Luftwaffe in which has become known to the crews as “Big Week”.

In six days, 1,000 bombers and 900 fighters have carried out 13 major attacks against the German aircraft industry in the campaign to destroy the Germans’ strength in the air. In all, over 3,800 heavy bombers sorties were made. American losses were 226 aircraft, an acceptable rate of 6%.

The bombers did not only inflict severe damage on the factories; they and the Mustangs shot down some 517 German fighters, killing 225 air crews and wounding 141, almost 10% of the skilled airmen in Germany. The Luftwaffe cannot sustain this rate of attrition.

The Mustang, with its American airframe and Rolls-Royce engine, has completely changed the pattern if air warfare over Europe. Now the bombers can be escorted all the way to their targets by a fighter superior in almost every respect to the Me109 and FW190.

The US bombers, who previously sought to evade the German fighters, are seeking them out, and the Germans, no longer able to wait until the escorting fighters turn back, are being forced to attack as soon as they cross the coast thus allowing shorter range aircraft like the Spitfire to enter the battle. RAF Bomber Command has also taken part in “Big Week”, with heavy raids on Leipzig and Stuttgart. It lost 78 bombers over Leipzig, but only 10 over Stuttgart.

Lieutenant-Commander Peter Williams sails at dusk from Dartmouth. He heads towards Weymouth; then, once out of sight, he turns south. On reaching the Brittany coast he cuts his speed to reduce noise, wash and phospherescence, and creeps through rocks and swirling tides to anchor within a few hundred yards of the beach. A sailor is placed on stand-by to cut the grass rope in an emergency.

Williams then sent his surfboat inshore with muffled oars, on a rising tide to avoid footprints, in order to land a party which included Francois Mitterrand, the future President of France. As the boat returned, laden with five agents and a downed Allied pilot, it was able to find the MGB in the dark with a device, invented by Williams, which homed in on its Asdic [sonar] transmissions. By breakfast time, Williams was back in Dartmouth. (William L. Howard)

Submarine HMS Trenchant commissioned.
FRANCE: Paris: Gallimard, the publisher, awards the first Prix de la Pléiade to Mouloudji, Jean Paul Sartre is one of the judges.

FINLAND: 600 Soviet bombers raid Helsinki from 6pm to 6am.
This night the Soviet bombers attack Helsinki for the third time in three weeks. From 6.45 pm until 5.10 am next morning over 500 Soviet planes try to penetrate the Finnish air-defences. Several bombers make more that one sortie, the Finns estimate that there’s more than 1000 sorties. Since the two previous attempts ten and twenty days ago, the defences had been strengthened further, and there’s 15 heavy AA-battalions defending the city. Majority of bombers are unable to reach their targets, and only 18 people are killed at Helsinki.

MTB Hurja 5 and Patrol Boat VMV 8 are destroyed in Helsinki bombing while in dock.

GILBERT ISLANDS: 27th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) with B-24’s based on Nanumea begins operating from Abemama and the 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) with B-24’s based on Nanumea begin operating from Makin until 22 Mar 44.

PACIFIC OCEAN: The US submarine Grayback (SS-208), commanded by John A. Moore, is sunk by aircraft South of Okinawa. All hands are lost. (Joe Sauder)

U.S.A.: Susan Dauser became the first female US Navy captain. She was in the Nurse Corps. (Michael Ballard)
Destroyer escorts USS Robert I Paine and Richard S Bull commissioned.

Escort carrier USS Steamer Bay launched.

Escort carriers USS Admiralty Islands and Bouganville laid down.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: MS Silvermaple sunk by U-66 at 04.44N, 03.20W .


9 posted on 02/26/2014 4:38:04 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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The unidentified officer in the picture seems to be missing his right arm, unless it’s one of the negative-reversed things and it’s his left arm. It reminds me of someone in the Italy book, but I can’t remember offhand.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 4:55:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

At the bottom of Page 4 is a short blurb titled “Secret Ack-Ack Guns Reported in England”. I’d say this is the first article about the Proximity Fuse as the article states that the Brits are shooting down 8 Germans with the same number of shots they use to have to use to shoot down one.

Soon we’ll start seeing articles from the Pacific where the toll on Japanese planes shot down by ship’s guns in the double digits.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 6:31:24 AM PST by woofer
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To: Tax-chick
The unidentified officer in the picture seems to be missing his right arm,

A clearer version of that photo was posted on facebook. It shows the missing arm is an illusion created by the man standing behind our subject. That man is a 1st or 2nd Lieutenant, which could make him awfully hard to ID.

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12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:49:43 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: woofer

The proximity, or “VT” fuze, will also be applied to artillery ammunition, but will be delayed in use in Europe. The fear is that the Germans will capture a “dud” and figure out how to make their own. The same thinking kept the BAR squad automatic weapon home during the last war. However, necessity will trump security, and the VT fuze will be used at Elsenborn Ridge to repel 12th SS Hitler Jugend Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

It’s effects on infantry in the open will be devastating.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 9:30:30 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Oh, I see.

Montgomery looks very frail there.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 10:08:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Got some good news yesterday. A local community college has hired me as an adjunct professor. It is only one class at the moment so I won’t be able to quick my night job, but it is a foot in the door and will allow me to finally get some teaching time that I’ve been working towards.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 10:13:30 AM PST by CougarGA7 ("War is an outcome based activity" - Dr. Robert Citino)
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To: CougarGA7

Good news indeed. Is this a general history class?


16 posted on 02/26/2014 10:30:32 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: CougarGA7

Congratulations! Some school just made a lucky find.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 5:10:52 PM PST by fso301
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; fso301

Thank you. The class I will be teaching is U.S. History since 1877. Basically I will be covering reconstruction to modern day.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 11:22:59 AM PST by CougarGA7 ("War is an outcome based activity" - Dr. Robert Citino)
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To: Tax-chick; Homer_J_Simpson

Ike looks cold!


19 posted on 02/27/2014 1:55:15 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yes, he does! He needed gloves and something to cover his ears!


20 posted on 02/27/2014 1:56:24 PM PST by Tax-chick (I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; Tax-chick; henkster

My dad will join the V-12 program in 1945, but the war will end before he gets to actual pilot training.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 1:56:35 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

How fortunate!


22 posted on 02/27/2014 1:57:26 PM PST by Tax-chick (I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
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