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26 Aug 1945
  • Former Allied prisoners of war in mainland China were air-dropped supplies. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet forces occupied the Kurile Islands north of Japan and took the first of what would become 63,000 prisoners of war. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Vice Admiral Sadayoshi Yamada was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet, with Captain Chihaya Takahashi as his chief of staff. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • Ho Chi Minh arrived in Hanoi, Tonkin, French Indochina for the first time. He invited US OSS Major Archimedes Patti to lunch in an attempt to court US support for Vietnamese independence. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Colonial Secretary Franklin Gimson established an office in the Central District. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet 25th Army arrived in Pyongyang and met with Cho Man-sik and other communist leaders. Soviets appointed Cho as leader of the interim administration of the five northern Korean provinces. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-400 dumped all of her ammunition and Seiran aircraft overboard according to orders. ww2dbase [I-400 | CPC]
  • I-401 dumped all of her ammunition and Seiran aircraft overboard according to orders. ww2dbase [I-401 | CPC]
  • The Shirakawa Prisoners of War Camp in southern Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]

26 Aug 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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