26 Aug 1942
  • Sawfish was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Haddock sank Japanese freighter Teishun Maru 85 miles north of Taiwan at 0813 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Junichi Sasai passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Benno Kosch stepped down as the commanding officer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-162 sank Norwegian tanker Thelma 60 miles east of Barbados at 0423 hours; 2 were killed, 31 survived. German submarine U-130 sank British ship Beechwood 160 miles south of Freetown, British West Africa at 1124 hours; 1 was killed, 43 survived (the captain was taken prisoner). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-375 damaged British ship Empire Kumari with a torpedo 14 miles west of Gaza, Palestine at 1840 hours; 3 were killed, 89 survived; Empire Kumari was towed to Haifa, Palestine. ww2dbase [CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-31 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Japanese Special Naval Landing Force troops that had landed at Waga Waga, Australian Papua late on the previous day began making contact with positions held by troops of Australian 25th Infantry Militia Battalion and 61st Infantry Militia Battalion. Behind them, Allied aircraft discovered the Waga Waga landing site and destroyed landing barges and other equipment. Japanese warships entered Milne Bay for support. Inland, 2,500 Japanese troops marched onto the Kokoda Track from Buna, along with a mountain gun and several mortars. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Ocean and Nauru Islands area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • 7,000 Jews were arrested in Vichy France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
India
  • The official General Order No. 1 establishing Ramgarh Training Center in India was issued, although courses had already began on 3 Aug 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Norway
  • Soviet submarine K-2 became missing in the Barents Sea, probably lost to a German naval mine near Tanafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Communist newspaper, Daily Worker, which had been banned by the British Minister of Home Security, Herbert Morrison, on 21 January 1941, was re-licensed. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1942
The submarine USS Argonaut approaching the pier at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 Aug 1942.Battleship Iowa being prepared for launching, New York Naval Shipyard, New York, United States, late Aug 1942

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

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