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26 Sep 1942
  • The Nazi SS organization began to confiscate possessions of Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps prisoners. Currency, gold, and jewelry were sent to the SS Headquarters of the Economic Administration. Watches, clocks, and pens were sent to the troops on the front lines. Finally, clothing was distributed to German families in need. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marines attacked Japanese positions at the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in failure. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Manhattan Project was given permission to use the highest wartime priority rating by the United States War Production Board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops launched the Tuapse Defensive Operation in the Caucasus region of southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down one Hurricane fighter and three Spitfire fighters near El Daba, Egypt between 0910 and 0916 hours. In his second sortie of the day, escorting Stuka dive bombers to El Hammam, Egypt, he shot down four enemy fighters between 1656 and 1710 hours. His score stood at 158 kills by the end of the day. When he returned to base, he was observed to be extremely exhausted, and his hands trembled uncontrollably. His superior Eduard Neumann grounded him for some days to give him a chance to rest. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Grand Class of the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir with Swords of Croatia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The survivors of Norwegian motor merchant Olaf Fostenes, sunk by German submarine U-380 on 18 Sep 1942, were found in two lifeboats by an aircraft in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
Caroline Islands Greenland
  • US 417th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron were assigned to Bluie West Eight airfield in Greenland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • The German troops begin another "final" attack in Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • British No. 12 Squadron of 1 Group Bomber Command, having arrived at the newly completed RAF Wickenby in England, United Kingdom just the previous day, conducted its first operation with Wellington bombers. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Allied convoy QP-14 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Bon Homme Richard was renamed Yorktown at Newport News, Virginia, United States to honor the US carrier lost at Midway. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 26 Sep 1942
The launching of the USS Lexington (Essex-class) at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 26 Sep 1942. Note that the island structure is yet to be built.

26 Sep 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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