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26 Feb 1945
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a Japanese oiler with a torpedo. ww2dbase [Blenny | CPC]
  • USS R-1 completed an extensive modernization. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
  • Chuck Yeager married Glennis Dickhouse. ww2dbase [Charles Yeager | CPC]
Burma Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi arrived at Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Batavia, Java | CPC]
  • 1,500 French prisoners of war arrived at the Oflag IV-C camp at Colditz Castle in Germany, having been transferred from the camp at Königstein. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
  • Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Corps and 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps took over as the main offensive force in the eastern Pommern region of Germany (occupied Poland). ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Pommern | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General, USAAF Air Forces, Pacific Area, departed Guam for Kwajalein, Marshall Islands in his C-87 transport aircraft. ww2dbase [HM]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) forced to cancel sweeps of installations on Kyushu, Japan due to heavy seas; began retirement to Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • Near Prekuln, Latvia, heavy Soviet attacks were held off by German troops. ww2dbase [Prekuln | TH]
Pacific Ocean
  • 45 miles west of Iwo Jima, Japanese submarine I-368 was spotted on the surface by US Navy Lt(jg) F.M. Fay flying a TBM-1C Avenger from USS Anzio. The Avenger released a Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo and I-368 was lost with all 86 hands. ww2dbase [TBF Avenger | Anzio | Mark XXIV | DS]
Philippines United Kingdom United States Photo(s) dated 26 Feb 1945
LouisvilleMontgomery visiting Canadian troops in the Kleve-Goch sector, Germany, 26 Feb 1945; left to right: Vokes, Crerar, Montgomery, Horrocks, Simonds, Spry, MathewsFR-1 Fireball fighter at rest at Moffet Field, California, United States, 26 Feb 1945US Fifth Marine Division riflemen waited while a fellow Marine burned out a Japanese-held cave with flame thrower, Iwo Jima, 26 Feb 1945
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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