26 May 1943

China
  • At dawn, a 4,500-strong Japanese force attacked toward Pianyan, Hubei Province, China, but the force was quickly attacked and surrounded by elements of Chinese 5th and 18th Divisions; by the time the Japanese were able to extract themselves after dark, the force had suffered 3,000 casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi reported a submarine attack at 1940 hours in the Flores Sea without damage; at 1946 hours, she dropped three depth charges and at 1956 hours she fired two rounds with her front main gun at the attacker. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Germany
  • At Peenemünde, Germany, before Hermann Göring, Erhard Milch, and other top German leaders, an A-4 rocket and a flying bomb were tested. The A-4 rocket flew perfectly, while the flying bomb crashed only after a mile or two of flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • The German government issued the order to stop assigning concentration camp victims sequantial identification numbers in order to hide the true number of deaths. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 759 British heavy bombers attacked Düsseldorf, Germany starting at about 0200 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale sank Japanese freighter Shoei Maru in the Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedo fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Soviet troops began an offensive against the German units isolated between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea in the Kuban area of southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • V. T. Shirmanov was named the Soviet counterintelligence agency GUKR SMERSH's chief within the Central Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited RAF Wyton near St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy SC 130 arrived in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom without losses despite German submarine attacks en route. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Sable arrived at Chicago, Illinois, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]

26 May 1943 Interactive Map

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




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites


Famous WW2 Quote
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal