26 Oct 1943
  • RAF bombers attacked Stuttgart, Germany before dawn; during the day, USAAF bombers bombed Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • USS Rock was commissioned into service with Commander John Jay Flachsenhar in command. ww2dbase [Rock | CPC]
  • USS Scorpion completed a reconnaissance mission of Agrihan and Pagan islands in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Scorpion | CPC]
  • The human collection at the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Alsace, France was destroyed, as reported by the scientists who performed research on them for the Nazi regime. In actuality, there was not enough time to destroy the entire collection, and a few cadavers were hidden, to be found later. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Singapore. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the first time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Walter Griffith relieved Commander Joseph Willingham as commanding officer of submarine USS Bowfin at Fremantle, Australia. ww2dbase [Bowfin | Fremantle | DS]
Australian Papua Caroline Islands
  • Yamato arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yamato | Truk | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for submarine I-180 at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
French Indochina
  • USAAF 14th Air Force deployed naval mines at the entrance of Haiphong harbor in northern French Indochina. US Navy Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization (SACO) intelligence officers Raymond Kotrla, Ralph DuBois, and Duncan McCann were aboard to provide naval expertise. As they departed, the lead ship of a Japanese convoy struck a mine, blocking the harbor entrance for the rest of the war. The remainder of the convoy fled toward Hainan island, China to the east, but they would be discovered by a second wave of B-24 bombers, which sank six of the ships. ww2dbase [Haiphong, Tonkin | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 26 Oct 1943
USS New Jersey, 26 Oct 1943A summons issued by Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main, to LtCdr Francis Gilreath aboard USS Essex calling him to appear at the Line Crossing ceremony, 26 Oct 1943Crossing the Line certificate issued to LtCdr Francis N Gilreath, Trusty Shellback, who crossed the line aboard USS Essex 26 Oct 1943 while en route from Pearl Harbor to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides

26 Oct 1943 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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