26 Aug 1943
  • USS Tunny attacked two Japanese transports with five torpedoes near Toagel Mlungui Pass in the Palau Islands at mid-morning. The subsequent depth charge attack caused a fire in the maneuvering room, causing a momentary loss of power and later causing the submarine to dive uncontrollably. In the early evening she surfaced for repairs, which would last for two days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The minesweeper USS Arcade was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Act. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs was made the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe F with headquarters in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Five B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force, escorted by 11 P-40 fighters, attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China; the US bombers and fighters together claimed five Japanese Zero fighters shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Albert Speer called a meeting with Hans Kammler, Walter Dornberger, Gerhard Degenkolb, and Karl Otto Saur to negotiate the move of V-2 (A-4) rocket main production from Peenemünde Army Research Center on the Baltic Sea coast to an underground factory in the Harz mountains deeper inland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny arrived at La Maddalena, Italy via E-boats. Later that day, he learned that Mussolini had just been transported away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese destroyer south of Japan; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Destroyer Stord was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Skule Storheill in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The French Committee of National Liberation headed by General de Gaulle, which was based in Britain, was recognised by Britain, the United States and Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Charr was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1943
Stern view of USS Grayback off HunterStarboard side view of USS Grayback off HunterBow view of USS Grayback off HunterStarboard side view of USS Grayback off Hunter
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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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