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26 Apr 1945
  • USS Cod had a fire in the aft torpedo room, but it was extinguished before causing serious damage; one sailor was lost, drowning after being washed overboard. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • 20,000 German troops at Pillau, East Prussia, Germany (now Baltiysk, Russia) surrendered after two weeks of heavy fighting. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • The garrison at Bremen, Germany surrendered to British and Canadian forces. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US Third Army captured Regensburg, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 9.Armee was cut off in the Halbe pocket in eastern Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captured Brno, Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet forces captured Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japan attempted to negotiate with the Soviet Union to maintain friendly status. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Petain was arrested at the Swiss border. ww2dbase [Philippe P├ętain | CPC]
  • USS Macabi arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Macabi | CPC]
  • The Ohka Model 43 variant design efforts completed. ww2dbase [MXY7 Ohka | CPC]
Burma Germany
  • At Adolf Hitler's bunker in Berlin, Germany, Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall and was named by Hitler as Hermann G├Âring's replacement. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | Berlin | TH, CPC]
  • General Walther Wenck's German 12.Armee started to move in an attempt to relieve Berlin, Germany, but this attempt was repulsed by Soviet forces. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH]
  • Oberstleutnant Heinz B├Ąr was appointed to command Luftwaffe jet fighter unit JV 44 in place of the wounded Adolf Galland. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Hanna Reitsch attempted to convince Magda Goebbels at the F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany to let her take the Goebbels children to safety, but Goebbels refused to yield. In the evening, Adolf Hitler gave Reitsch a vial of poison before sending her on a mission out of Berlin, in case of her capture by the Soviets. ww2dbase [Hanna Reitsch | Berlin | CPC]
  • Shortly after Adolf Galland (Jagdverband 44) attacked and shot down US B-26 bombers, his Me 262 jet fighter was shot down by Lieutenant James Finnegan's P-47D Thunderbolt fighter (US 50th Fighter Group). Galland crash landed safely at M├╝nchen-Riem Airfield in southern Germany, though sustaining wounds. ww2dbase [Adolf Galland | M├╝nchen, M├╝nchen-Oberbayern | AC, CPC]
  • German pilot Eduard Schallmoser's Me 262 jet fighter was shot down by an American fighter. Amazingly, he parachuted into his mother's garden, who told him to clean up while she cooked him dinner. Schallmoser would return to base on the next day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Captain Robert Clark, flying in a P-47 fighter, shot down a German Me 262 fighter of Jagdverband 44. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Captain Herbert Philo, flying a P-47 fighter, shot down a German Me 262 fighter. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Obergruppenf├╝hrer Hermann Fegelein, Eva Braun's Brother-in-law, deserted his station in the Chancellery bunkers in Berlin, Germany but was found hiding at his home in the Charlottenburg district by SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Peter H├Âgl and arrested. After interrogation by the Gestapo in which he reveals Heinrich Himmler's treachery he was taken out into the Chancellery gardens and shot. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
  • Over 10,000 prisoners of the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany began to be sent out of the camp. Most of them, just under 7,000 in number, were forced to march on foot southwards. The remainder were evacuate by vehicles or trains. At least 1,071 of those sent out on foot would not survive the evacuation. ww2dbase [Dachau Concentration Camp | Dachau, M├╝nchen-Oberbayern | CPC]
  • While beached on the shore of Heikendorfer Bucht near Kiel, Germany, Emden was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Emden | Schleswig-Holstein | CPC]
  • U-4714 was launched by Germaniawerft in Kiel, Germany; it was the last submarine launched by the shipyard. ww2dbase [Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft | U-4714 | Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein | CPC]
Hawaii Italy Japan
  • In Japan, 464 American B-29 bombers attacked the urban areas of Tokyo, Japan south of the Imperial Palace. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Imperial Palace Complex | Tokyo | CPC]
  • One US B-29 Superfortress bomber attacked Nagasaki, Japan at 1100 hours, having arrived undetected. The main targets were Dejima Wharf, Ohato Pier, and the rail station complex. About 30 people were killed or wounded aboard municipal ferries Tsuru Maru and Mizunoura Maru at Ohato Pier, while the bomb that fell near Platform No. 2 at the rail station killed about 90 people, wounded about 170 people, and severely damaged three passenger cars. The bomb that fell on Dejima Wharf failed to explode. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Nagasaki | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 26 Apr 1945
Franklin approaching New York City, New York, United States, 26 Apr 1945; note damage on her flight deckBritish Army convoy of Canadian Chevrolet CMP 3-ton trucks crossing a temporary bridge in Burma on their way to Rangoon (now Yangon), 26 Apr 1945.

26 Apr 1945 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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