26 Mar 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Buin, Bougainville departing later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Finback attacked the Japanese convoy which she initially intercepted on 24 Mar 1943 north of New Guinea, Dutch East Indies. She damged two transports with 3 of 6 torpedoes fired and was counterattacked with depth charges. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Aleutian Islands, American warships intercepted Japanese troops attempting to reinforce Kiska, engaging in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • All remaining British and American citizens in Germany were arrested; all remaining British and American citizens in occupied Europe were deported to Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British General Wingate ordered his Chindits in Burma to withdraw. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the afternoon, British launched Operation Supercharge II to exploit Axis defenses in Tunisia near the Tebaga Gap. At 2300 hours, as the moon rose to provide some light, British tanks pushed through the gap and approached on El Hamma to the north. Tanks of the German 15th Panzer Division were released from reserve to counter the offensive. Axis troops began retreating from the Mareth Line in Tunisia toward Wadi Akarit. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Remy Van Lierde shot down a German Ju 52 transport aircraft over Belgium, which was his second kill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-17 bomber "Pluto", with US General Howard Ramey aboard, disappeared 20 minutes after having taken off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler informed Benito Mussolini that the Battle of Stalingrad had weakened the Soviet Union so much that the city would surely fall and the war would be won. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • During the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, Nachi was forced to push one of her floatplanes overboard (concussion damage from her own guns), fired several Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedoes at the US forces (none of which hit), and received five hits (killing 14). ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Whale attacked the Japanese ship she had been pursuing since the previous day east of Saipan, Mariana Islands; all 7 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Mar 1943
Heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City in action during Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 Mar 1943US Marine Corps Colonel Clifton Cates with his mother, 26 Mar 1943

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

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