26 Jan 1943
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Osaka, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese convoy 270 miles north of New Guinea, sinking transport Buyo Maru and three others. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny stalked a Japanese trawler starting at about 0530 hours off the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, firing her deck gun to attack only in the afternoon. The trawler escaped her after sundown. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS LST-412 was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Patrick Richard Brown in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Voronezh, southern Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The US Army-Marine joint division continued to attack westward along the northern coast of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands intending to envelope Japanese positions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek held a celebratory dinner for Joseph Stilwell for having recently earned the Distinguished Service Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US bombers conducted a night raid on Rabaul, New Britain; Zero fighters rose to intercept and shot down one B-17 bomber. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a B-24 bomber over Mingaladon, Burma, his 20th victory. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Guam
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese freighter in Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese convoy of four freighters in the Pacific Ocean, sinking transport Fukuei Maru, sinking transport Buyo Maru, and damaging another transport. 11 torpedoes were expended, 7 of which hit. She then surfaced to attack Japanese survivors in lifeboats; this last action would generate some controversy, especially that some of the survivors killed included Indian prisoners of war. Six hours later, she began a three-hour pursuit of the two remaining ships of the Japanese convoy, eventually sinking both (a tanker and a freighter), hitting them with 3 of 8 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese oiler between Truk, Caroline Islands and Japan; 1 of 3 torpedoes fired hit the target but failed to detonate. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Jan 1943
Japanese transport Buyo Maru beginning to sink after being struck by USS WahooLieutenant Richard OLieutenant Commander Dudley Morton and Lieutenant Richard O

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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