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26 Nov 1943
  • Kiyoto Kagawa passed away. ww2dbase [Kiyoto Kagawa | CPC]
  • German troops withdrew from Gomel, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British troopship, Rohna, sailing from Algiers with 2,000 American soldiers and a crew of 200, was sunk by a glider bomb dropped from a German aircraft. 1,015 troops and 102 crew were killed. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Johnson became a flight leader with the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a Japanese transport north of New Guinea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. Several hours later, she struck again, sinking another ship with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese tanker San Ramon Maru south of Japan, hitting her with two of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • Francis Gabreski scored his fourth and fifth victories while covering the withdrawal of B-17 bombers that had bombed Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Francis Gabreski | CPC]
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, continuing her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-35 | Unalaska | CPC]
  • The Cairo Conference ended with Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Chiang Kaishek agreeing that Japanese-occupied northeastern China (Manchuria), Taiwan, and the Pescadores islands were to be returned to the Republic of China. The Anglo-Americans were, however, unable to persuade Chiang to re-instate his pledge to send Chinese troops in an invasion into northern Burma. ww2dbase [Cairo Conference | Cairo | CPC]
  • USAAF launched its heaviest raid on Bremen, Germany, while the RAF hit Berlin, Germany for the fifth night in a row with 443 Lancaster and 7 Mosquito aircraft. Stuttgart, Germany was attacked in diversion by 84 aircraft. 34 RAF aircraft were lost during this night. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH]
  • The turbojet powered Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter was demonstrated at Insterburg, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Chernyakhovsk, Russia) before Adolf Hitler, who, to everyone's surprise, insisted that it should be developed as a bomber. ww2dbase [Me 262 Schwalbe | Insterburg, Ostpreußen | AC, CPC]
  • Ju 290A-5 aircraft, among other aircraft types, was shown to Adolf Hitler at Insterburg, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany. Hitler liked the designed and asked to have one as his personal transport. One such aircraft was delivered to Hitler's personal pilot Hans Baur, but Hitler would never fly in it. ww2dbase [Ju 290 | Insterburg, Ostpreußen | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • During the night, USS Alabama fired anti-aircraft guns against incoming Japanese raids. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
Russia Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1943
United States Navy ship LST-207, staffed by Coast Guard personnel, on Kukum Beach, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 26 Nov 1943.Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling touring Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling touring Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943

26 Nov 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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