26 Aug 1944
  • French troops captured Tarascon and Avignon, France. ww2dbase [Invasion of Southern France | TH]
  • Hitler ordered his troops to withdraw from Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Becuna crossed the International Date Line, sailing westward. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Whilst engaged escorting RAF Marauder bombers on a mission Flight Officer Ted Topham (91 Squadron), flying his Spitfire LFIX fighter, sighted a V-1 flying bomb heading across the English Channel which he chased and brought down into the sea. This was his 10th kill and would be the squadron's 186th and final V-1 flying bomb brought down. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | English Channel | HM]
  • The Bulgarian Fatherland Front began an armed rebellion against the Bulgarian government; it declared Bulgaria to be neutral in the Axis war against the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Bulgaria Switched Sides | TH, CPC]
  • A German air raid on Paris, France destroyed several residential neighborhoods. To the east, Allied troops crossed the Seine River. ww2dbase [Liberation of Paris | Paris | TH]
  • Dwight Eisenhower traveled to Omar Bradley's headquarters in France and invited him to visit the recently captured Paris, France with him on the following day. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Hashirajima, Japan and was transferred from Carrier Division 1 to Carrier Division 4 within the 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Hashirajima, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Two aircraft of No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight RAF were lost while attempting to drop supplies for resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
Romania Singapore
  • Kamoi departed Singapore for a trial run, returning later on the same day. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The US 17th Airborne Division arrived in Britain where it was placed under XVIII Airborne Corps. The Division however would not be sent to France until late in Dec 1944. ww2dbase [AC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1944
Oliver Leese, Winston Churchill, and Harold Alexander at LeeseLtGen George Patton as he prepares to offer congratulations to his Third Armored Division for sweeping across northern France and crossing the River Seine northwest of Paris, 26 Aug 1944Oliver Leese, Winston Churchill, and Harold Alexander at LeeseOliver Leese, Winston Churchill, and Harold Alexander at Leese
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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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