26 Aug 1942
  • Sawfish was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Sawfish | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Benno Kosch stepped down as the commanding officer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • U-23 was detached from the 21st Submarine Flotilla. ww2dbase [U-23 | CPC]
  • USS S-31 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-31 | Unalaska | CPC]
  • USS Nashville and USS St. Louis departed Kodiak, Alaska as escorts for the US Army troops bound for Adak Island. ww2dbase [Nashville | St. Louis | Kodiak | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-162 sank Norwegian tanker Thelma 60 miles east of Barbados at 0423 hours; 2 were killed, 31 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | U-162 | CPC]
  • German submarine U-130 sank British ship Beechwood 160 miles south of Freetown, British West Africa at 1124 hours; 1 was killed, 43 survived (the captain was taken prisoner). ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | U-130 | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Japanese Special Naval Landing Force troops that had landed at Waga Waga, Australian Papua late on the previous day began making contact with positions held by troops of Australian 25th Infantry Militia Battalion and 61st Infantry Militia Battalion. Behind them, Allied aircraft discovered the Waga Waga landing site and destroyed landing barges and other equipment. Japanese warships entered Milne Bay for support. Inland, 2,500 Japanese troops marched onto the Kokoda Track from Buna, along with a mountain gun and several mortars. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
British Palestine
  • German submarine U-375 damaged British ship Empire Kumari with a torpedo 14 miles southwest of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Palestine at 1840 hours; 3 were killed, 89 survived; Empire Kumari was towed to Haifa, Palestine. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Junichi Sasai led eight Zero fighters escorting G4M bombers to Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Over Guadalcanal, Sasai engaged an American F4F Wildcat fighter, probably that of US Marine Corps Captain Marion E. Carl of VMF-223 squadron, who surprised Sasai by turning upright, machine guns firing. Sasai's Zero fighter was hit and exploded, killing him. ww2dbase [Junichi Sasai | Guadalcanal | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Ocean and Nauru Islands area. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | Truk | CPC]
France Hawaii
  • Yugure landed men on Ocean Island, Hawaiian Islands. ww2dbase [Yugure | Ocean | CPC]
India Norway
  • Soviet submarine K-2 became missing in the Barents Sea, probably lost to a German naval mine near Tanafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 6 torpedoes at Japanese freighter Teishun Maru, sinking her with 1 hit in the East China Sea 85 miles north of Taiwan at 0813 hours. ww2dbase [Haddock | South China Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Communist newspaper, Daily Worker, which had been banned by the British Minister of Home Security, Herbert Morrison, on 21 January 1941, was re-licensed. ww2dbase [AC]
  • A BBC intelligence report based on letters sent in from listeners in occupied France noted that French civilian morale was low due to the lack of food, and that French civilian confidence in the Allies was low due to the failure of the raid on Dieppe, France 7 days prior. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1942
The submarine USS Argonaut approaching the pier at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 Aug 1942.Battleship Iowa being prepared for launching, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, late Aug 1942

26 Aug 1942 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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