26 Feb 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Argonaut was struck from the US Naval Vessel Register. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German government issued the order that Eastern European workers who were originally sent to concentration camps for a temporary basis were now to be held at the camps indefinitely. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Burma, Orde Wingate lectured his officers about the British practice of worshipping gallant losers, citing the celebration of those who succeeded in the Dunkirk evacuation without placing blame on the same leaders whose failures made such an evacuation necessary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • George Kenney arrived at Port Moresby, Australian Papua to personally take charge of organizing an attack on Japanese convoy Operation 81; this intelligence was provided by cryptanalysis. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • USAAF heavy bombers made a daylight attack on Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Officers and men of the 243rd and 244th Marine Scouting/Bombing Squadrons (VMSB-243 & VMSB-244) departed for Ewa. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Mediterranean Sea
  • British submarine HMS Torbay (Lieutenant R. J. Clutterbuck, RN) sank the 1,327-ton German merchant Mariaeck (former French vessel Oasis, built 1938). The submarine opened fire with her gun about 30 nautical miles south of Cape Mele, Italy. Torbay also torpedoed and sank the 3,561-ton Spanish merchant vessel Juan de Astigarraga. Both ships were under German control. ww2dbase [HM]
  • The first transport of Roma and Sinti arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland; they were assigned to the BIIe sector at Auschwitz II-Birkenau and housed in what was called the "Gypsy camp" (Zigeunerlager); this sector would eventually grow to house 23,000 Sinti and Roma people; 20,000 of them would not survive the Holocaust. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The notorious SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke, formerly Inspector of Concentration Camps and now commanding the infamous Toenkopf Division, was killed when his aircraft was shot down about one kilometer southwest of Artelnoje in Ukraine. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • The British government authorized the use of the new water-skipping "Upkeep" bomb against German dams. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ancon's designation was officially changed from AP-66 to AGC-4 while undergoing conversion work at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Feb 1943
American troops marching through the Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 26 Feb 1943German Tiger I heavy tank and another vehicle on a road in Tunisia, 26 Feb 1943Commissioning ceremonies for Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 16 (MTBRon 16) at Higgins Boatworks in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 26 Feb 1943. Note Higgins 78-foot PT Boats and LCM landing craft in the distance.

26 Feb 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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