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26 Aug 1942
  • Junichi Sasai passed away. ww2dbase [Junichi Sasai | CPC]
  • Sawfish was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Sawfish | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Benno Kosch stepped down as the commanding officer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-162 sank Norwegian tanker Thelma 60 miles east of Barbados at 0423 hours; 2 were killed, 31 survived. German submarine U-130 sank British ship Beechwood 160 miles south of Freetown, British West Africa at 1124 hours; 1 was killed, 43 survived (the captain was taken prisoner). ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-375 damaged British ship Empire Kumari with a torpedo 14 miles west of Gaza, Palestine at 1840 hours; 3 were killed, 89 survived; Empire Kumari was towed to Haifa, Palestine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • U-23 was detached from the 21st Submarine Flotilla. ww2dbase [U-23 | CPC]
  • USS S-31 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-31 | Unalaska | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Japanese Special Naval Landing Force troops that had landed at Waga Waga, Australian Papua late on the previous day began making contact with positions held by troops of Australian 25th Infantry Militia Battalion and 61st Infantry Militia Battalion. Behind them, Allied aircraft discovered the Waga Waga landing site and destroyed landing barges and other equipment. Japanese warships entered Milne Bay for support. Inland, 2,500 Japanese troops marched onto the Kokoda Track from Buna, along with a mountain gun and several mortars. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Ocean and Nauru Islands area. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | Truk | CPC]
France Hawaii
  • Yugure landed men on Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands. ww2dbase [Yugure | Ocean | CPC]
India Norway
  • Soviet submarine K-2 became missing in the Barents Sea, probably lost to a German naval mine near Tanafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 6 torpedoes at Japanese freighter Teishun Maru, sinking her with 1 hit in the East China Sea 85 miles north of Taiwan at 0813 hours. ww2dbase [Haddock | South China Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Communist newspaper, Daily Worker, which had been banned by the British Minister of Home Security, Herbert Morrison, on 21 January 1941, was re-licensed. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1942
Battleship Iowa being prepared for launching, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, late Aug 1942The submarine USS Argonaut approaching the pier at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 Aug 1942.

26 Aug 1942 Interactive Map

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