26 Nov 1943
  • USS Ray sank a Japanese transport north of New Guinea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. Several hours later, she struck again, sinking another ship with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese tanker San Ramon Maru south of Japan, hitting her with two of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kiyoto Kagawa passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops withdrew from Gomel, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British troopship, Rohna, sailing from Algiers with 2,000 American soldiers and a crew of 200, was sunk by a glider bomb dropped from a German aircraft. 1,015 troops and 102 crew were killed. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Johnson became a flight leader with the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, continuing her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Cairo Conference ended with Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Chiang Kaishek agreeing that Japanese-occupied northeastern China (Manchuria), Taiwan, and the Pescadores islands were to be returned to the Republic of China. The Anglo-Americans were, however, unable to persuade Chiang to re-instate his pledge to send Chinese troops in an invasion into northern Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF launched its heaviest raid on Bremen, Germany, while the RAF hit Berlin, Germany for the fifth night in a row with 443 Lancaster and 7 Mosquito aircraft. Stuttgart, Germany was attacked in diversion by 84 aircraft. 34 RAF aircraft were lost during this night. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The turbojet powered Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter was demonstrated at Insterburg, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Chernyakhovsk, Russia) before Adolf Hitler, who, to everyone's surprise, insisted that it should be developed as a bomber. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • Ju 290A-5 aircraft, among other aircraft types, was shown to Adolf Hitler at Insterburg, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany. Hitler liked the designed and asked to have one as his personal transport. One such aircraft was delivered to Hitler's personal pilot Hans Baur, but Hitler would never fly in it. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • During the night, USS Alabama fired anti-aircraft guns against incoming Japanese raids. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-54B departed Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1943
Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling touring Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling touring Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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