26 Nov 1940
  • 10 more old US Navy destroyers were handed over to the British Royal Navy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German aircraft torpedoed and sank Free French armed patrol ship Medoc, captained by Polish Commander Stankiewicz and manned by a mostly British crew, in the English Channel. The entire crew of 41, 3 Polish and 38 British, was killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail and a former Air Minister, passed away. He had championed the advancement of British aviation from the early days of flight. ww2dbase [AC]
  • James Lacey was awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Medal. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]
France Japan Libya
  • Eight Swordfish aircraft from British aircraft carrier HMS Eagle attacked Tripoli, Libya at 0520 hours. ww2dbase [Eagle | Tripoli | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Operation Collar: Aircraft from British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious raided the Italian seaplane base in Port Laki, Leros, Dodecanese Islands to distract Italian forces while Allied convoy ME4 sailed for Malta from Gibraltar, but the Italians did not fall for the feint and launched a powerful fleet westward to intercept the convoy. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British 27th Armoured Brigade was established, under the command of Brigadier C. W. Norman, from the conversion of the 1st Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade. The Brigade would be mainly employed in the trialing of specialised armoured vehicles. ww2dbase [AC]
  • No. 826 and No. 829 Squadrons of the British Fleet Air Arm embarked on carrier HMS Formidable for convoy escort duties to Cape Town, South Africa. ww2dbase [Albacore | AC]

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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