26 Feb 1944
  • At 0824 hours US Navy code breakers intercepted a message reading: "Submarine chaser No. 1 will proceed immediately to the position of the Ryusei Maru to assist in rescue operations." The Ryusei Maru had been sunk by submarine USS Rasher during the previous night north of Bali, Dutch East Indies; Rasher's commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Willard R. Laughon was not aware that Tango Maru had carried over 3,500 Allied prisoners of war. Most of the prisoners were killed during the sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Choko Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • The 10,495-ton passenger steamer SS President Grant, serving as a troop transport for the US military, was grounded on a reef southeast of Australian Territory of Papua. There was no loss of life and the ship remained on the reef. ww2dbase [HM]
  • The Japanese offensive on Sinzweya, Burma was called off, ending the Battle of the Admin Box. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands French Syria and Lebanon
  • Syria declared war on Germany and Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Majuro lagoon, Marshall Islands for rest and replenishing. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Alabama arrived at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 650 Italian Jews from Fossoli transit camp near Carpi, Modena and 84 Soviet prisoners of war from the Lamsdorf (Lambinowice, Poland) POW camp arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. Of the Italian Jews, 95 men and 29 women were registered into the camp; the remaining 526 were sent to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria authorized Operation Lentil, which aimed to deport the whole of Chechen and Ingush (Ghalghai) populations to Central Asia and Siberia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Feb 1944
Anti-submarine Leigh Light installed beneath the wing of a Liberator bomber of the RAF Coastal Command, 26 Feb 1944A sailor sitting in the starboard steering gear ram room of the USS Intrepid seen through a torpedo hole in the hull 15 feet below the waterline, taken as the water receded in Pearl Harbor Drydock #1, 26 Feb 1944.Looking up into a torpedo hole in the USS Intrepid hull 15 feet below the waterline near the starboard rudder, taken in Pearl Harbor Drydock #1, 26 Feb 1944. The damage was done 17 Feb 1944 off Truk.Damage to USS Intrepidís starboard rudder being examined in Pearl Harbor Drydock #1, 26 Feb 1944. The damage was done by an aerial torpedo on 17 Feb 1944 off Truk.

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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