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26 Jan 1943
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Osaka, Japan. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Voronezh, southern Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Tunny stalked a Japanese trawler starting at about 0530 hours off the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, firing her deck gun to attack only in the afternoon. The trawler escaped her after sundown. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • The US Army-Marine joint division continued to attack westward along the northern coast of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands intending to envelope Japanese positions. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek held a celebratory dinner for Joseph Stilwell for having recently earned the Distinguished Service Cross medal. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • HMS LST-412 was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Patrick Richard Brown in command. ww2dbase [LST-412 | CPC]
  • Kamoi set sail for Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • At Tulagi, USS Nicholas experienced a routine change of command with LtCdr Andrew Hill relieving Cdr William Brown as commanding officer. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • USS Ancon arrived at Oran, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Ancon | Oran | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 1830 hours; she submerged to avoid detection. At 1725 hours, she sighted a seaplane, and submerged again. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US bombers conducted a night raid on Rabaul, New Britain; Zero fighters rose to intercept and shot down one B-17 bomber. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a B-24 bomber over Mingaladon, Burma, his 20th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Mingaladon | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed refitting light cruiser Agano at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter in Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | Apra Harbor | CPC]
  • Kamoi passed through the Bungo Channel between Shikoku and Kyushu islands in Japan, escorted by minelayer Natsushima. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Bungo Channel | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese oiler between Truk, Caroline Islands and Japan; 1 of 3 torpedoes fired hit the target but failed to detonate. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese convoy of four freighters in the Pacific Ocean, sinking transport Fukuei Maru, sinking transport Buyo Maru, and damaging another transport. 11 torpedoes were expended, 7 of which hit. She then surfaced to attack Japanese survivors in lifeboats; this last action would generate some controversy, especially that some of the survivors killed included Indian prisoners of war. Six hours later, she began a three-hour pursuit of the two remaining ships of the Japanese convoy, eventually sinking both (a tanker and a freighter), hitting them with 3 of 8 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Dudley Morton | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone Photo(s) dated 26 Jan 1943
Japanese transport Buyo Maru beginning to sink after being struck by USS WahooLieutenant Richard OLieutenant Commander Dudley Morton and Lieutenant Richard OHiggins 78-foot PT Boat photographed 26 Jan 1943 by Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana before delivery to the US Navy. This boat went on to serve as PT-200 and spent her career as a training boat. Photo 1 of 6
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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