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26 Apr 1944
  • Georgios Papandreou became the new Prime Minister of Greece after his predecessor resigned. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides departed Brisbane, Australia bound for Milne Bay, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Silversides | Brisbane | DS]
Australian New Guinea Burma
  • Troops of the 3rd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) arrived at Naubum, Burma. Joseph Stilwell, already there by aircraft, revealed to the soldiers that Myitkyina was to be the next objective. Frank Merrill told Charles Hunter that Hunter would have tactical command of the operation, with Marauders, US 150th Infantry Regiment, Chinese 50th Division, and the 88th Regiment of the Chinese 30th Division under him, totalling 6,000 men. Hunter divided the troops into three forces. He was to personally lead H Force, consisted of the 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), the Chinese 150th Regiment, and a howitzer battery. Colonel Henry Kinnison was to lead the K Force, consisted of 3rd Battlion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), the Chinese 88th Regiment, and two howitzer guns. Finally, Lieutenant Colonel George McGee, Jr. was to lead M Force, consisted of 2nd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) and 300 Kachin guides and guerrilla fighters. ww2dbase [George McGee | Henry Kinnison | Charles Hunter | Battle of Myitkyina | Joseph Stilwell | Naubum | CPC]
Dutch East Indies France
  • PĂ©tain made his first and only visit to Paris, France to inspect damage from Allied bombings. ww2dbase [Philippe PĂ©tain | Paris | TH]
Germany Greece Japan
  • Prince Takahito's daughter Princess Yasuko was born. ww2dbase [Takahito | CPC]
Russia Photo(s) dated 26 Apr 1944
Mechanics working on a PBY Catalina engine at Naval Air Station, Seattle, Washington, 26-27 Apr 1944Close-up of the flame projector of a Churchill Crocodile tank during trials at Eastwell Park, Ashford, Kent, England, United Kingdom, 26 Apr 1944Map depicting Operation Cartwheel and the invasion of Gilbert and Marshall Islands, 30 Jun 1943-26 Apr 1944Kluge, Himmler, Dönitz, and Keitel at the funeral service of Colonel General Hans Hube, 26 Apr 1944
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