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26 Jan 1944
  • USS Skipjack prepared to attack a Japanese transport when she discovered a escorting destroyer, Suzukaze, nearby; Skipjack successfully shifted target and sank the destroyer. She suffered flooding from a valve door that failed to close, but she quickly remedied the situation and returned to attack the same convoy, sinking converted seaplane tender Okitsu Maru. 12 torpedoes were expended on this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Enrique D. Haskins in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-869 was commissioned into service with Kapitänleutnant Hellmut Neuerburg in command. She was assigned to the German Navy 4th Submarine Flotilla for training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Orde Wingate and William Slim met at Comilla, India; Slim told Wingate that he would provide only one battalion for Wingate's second Chindit operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-716 sank US freighter Andrew G. Curtin of Allied convoy JW-56A; 3 were killed, 68 survived. U-360 damaged British freighter Fort Bellingham (convoy civilian commodore's ship), which was later sunk by U-957; 36 were killed, 35 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 45th Fighter Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, shot down 10 Japanese aircraft in combat, with 2 further as probables. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Hoe departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale set sail for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marcus Island was commissioned into service at Astoria, Oregon, United States with Captain Charles F. Greber in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Jan 1944
Shad at Bethlehem Shipbuilding in San Francisco, 26 Jan 1944USS Coral Sea receiving fuel from a tanker, 26 Jan 1944USS Intrepid under way 26 Jan 1944 on her way to launch strikes against Truk Atoll (now Chuuk). Note the forward flight deck filled SBD Dauntless and TBF Avenger aircraft and one F4U Corsair on the outrigger sponson.

26 Jan 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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