26 May 1943

  • 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┬á[Battle of Exi | Pianyan, Hubei | 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┬á[Kamoi | Flores Sea | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • US submarine USS Saury (SS-189) commanded by Commander Anthony Henry Dropp sighted and attacked a Japanese convoy south of Kyushu island, Japan at about 1000 hours. The Saury fire three torpedoes of which two hit and sank the Japanese 2,351-ton transport Kagi Maru just north of Amami Oshima, Nansei Shoto (Ryukyu Islands), Japan. The counter-attacks by the convoy escorts were ineffective and the submarine withdrew unharmed. ww2dbase┬á[Saury | Kagoshima | HM]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale sank Japanese freighter Shoei Maru in the Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedo fired. ww2dbase┬á[Whale | CPC]
  • 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┬á[Caucasus Campaign | Krasnodar Krai | TH]
  • V. T. Shirmanov was named the Soviet counterintelligence agency GUKR SMERSH's chief within the Central Front. ww2dbase┬á[CPC]
United Kingdom
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited RAF Wyton near St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase┬á[George VI | St. Ives, England | CPC]
  • Allied convoy SC 130 arrived in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom without losses despite German submarine attacks en route. ww2dbase┬á[Black May | Liverpool, England | CPC]
United States

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

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