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26 Jun 1943
  • USS Tunny performed photographic reconnaissance at Saipan Harbor and Tinian Channel in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • The US submarine Runner failed to report in whilst on patrol off Northern Japan and would soon be presumed lost. Post-war records showed that she sank Japanese passenger-cargo ship Shinryu Maru off Kurile Islands, Japan on this date. ww2dbase [Runner (Gato-class) | AC, CPC]
  • USS Finback arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 11 B-17 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain before dawn. A J1N nightfighter (pilot Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo, observer Warrant Officer Michitaro Ichikawa) shot down B-17F bomber "Taxpayer's Pride" and B-17E bomber "Naughty But Nice", which made Shigetoshi Kudo the first Japanese nightfighter ace. ww2dbase [J1N | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Navy squadrons VF-26, VF-27, and VF-28, all equipped with F4F fighters, were assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-144, equipped with SBD-3 dive bombers, was transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii
  • USS S-38 departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-38 | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
Japan United States
  • Aircraft designer Clarence Johnson and his team at Lockheed in Burbank, California, United States began working on the first airframe of the XP-80 prototype jet fighter. ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | Burbank, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Jun 1943
Commander of United States Naval Forces in the Atlantic Admiral Harold Stark aboard the battleship USS South Dakota at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, 26 Jun 1943.Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bombers of Bombing Squadron 17 on a training flight in the eastern United States, 26 Jun 1943.  Three weeks later, this squadron would deploy aboard USS Bunker Hill.

26 Jun 1943 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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