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]
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 | 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]

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

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