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26 Aug 1944
  • Hitler ordered his troops to withdraw from Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • French troops captured Tarascon and Avignon, France. ww2dbase [Invasion of Southern France | TH]
  • USS Becuna crossed the International Date Line, sailing westward. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Whilst engaged escorting RAF Marauder bombers on a mission Flight Officer Ted Topham (91 Squadron), flying his Spitfire LFIX fighter, sighted a V-1 flying bomb heading across the English Channel which he chased and brought down into the sea. This was his 10th kill and would be the squadron's 186th and final V-1 flying bomb brought down. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | English Channel | HM]
  • The Bulgarian Fatherland Front began an armed rebellion against the Bulgarian government; it declared Bulgaria to be neutral in the Axis war against the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Bulgaria Switched Sides | TH, CPC]
  • A German air raid on Paris, France destroyed several residential neighborhoods. To the east, Allied troops crossed the Seine River. ww2dbase [Liberation of Paris | Paris | TH]
  • Dwight Eisenhower traveled to Omar Bradley's headquarters in France and invited him to visit the recently captured Paris, France with him on the following day. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Hashirajima, Japan and was transferred from Carrier Division 1 to Carrier Division 4 within the 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Hashirajima, Yamaguchi | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed Eniwetok, Marshall Islands as part of a logistics replenishment group consisting of twelve fleet oilers and escorts. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Eniwetok | DS]
  • Two aircraft of No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight RAF were lost while attempting to drop supplies for resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
Romania Singapore
  • Kamoi departed Singapore for a trial run, returning later on the same day. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The US 17th Airborne Division arrived in Britain where it was placed under XVIII Airborne Corps. The Division however would not be sent to France until late in Dec 1944. ww2dbase [AC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1944
A DUKW amphibious truck with a load of blood and medical personnel, southern French coast, 26 Aug 1944French civilians seeking cover as an unexpected German sniper opened fire at a group of American soldiers, Paris, France, 26 Aug 1944Oliver Leese, Winston Churchill, and Harold Alexander at LeeseOliver Leese, Winston Churchill, and Harold Alexander at Leese
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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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