26 Jun 1941
  • James Johnson shot down a German Bf 109 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Finland issued declaration of war against the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Tomahawk fighters of No. 3 Squadron RAAF destroyed 5 French D.520 fighters and damaged a further six on the ground at Homs Airfield in Syria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-576 was commissioned into service under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dieter Heinicke. She was assigned to the 7th Submarine Flotilla. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler officially named Hermann Göring his successor. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 56th Panzer Corps reached Daugava River (Western Dvina); 8th Panzer Division and 3rd Motorized Division established bridgehead near Daugavpils, Latvia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Panzer units closed the Bialystok pocket in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Leningrad-class destroyer leader Moskva was lost during Soviet Black Sea Fleet commander Vice-Admiral Filipp Oktyabrsky's raid on the Romanian port of Constanta. Damaged by return fire from Romanian destroyers Regina Maria and Marasti and from German coastal batteries, she attempted to withdraw but sank after running into a Romanian minefield. The mines were probably laid by the Romanians about 7 to 10 days prior, and the Soviet captains were not given precise charts of the minefields. 7 officers and 62 men were rescued and interned by the Romanians. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Aircraft of the German Luftwaffe began to bomb Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • In the Soviet capital of Moscow, Joseph Stalin visited the General Staff headquarters twice, voicing frustration at the heavy losses that the Red Army was suffering against the invading German forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Spain officially began to organize a unit of volunteers to fight in Russia on the side of the Axis. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • The mixed Marine-Army I Corps (Provisional), which was attached to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet, was redesignated Task Force 18 of the Atlantic Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]

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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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