26 Nov 1944
  • USS Makin crossed the Equator. In the line cross ceremony, 800 pollywogs, including Rear Admiral Calvin Durgin and Captain William Whaley, were hazed and initiated by shellbacks who had previously crossed the line. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Germany began V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks on Antwerp, Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Astoria arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops captured Monte Belvedere and Monte Castello 61 kilometers southwest of Bologna, Italy; a subsequent German counterattack would recapture Monte Castello. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp set sail for Ulithi, Caroline Islands as US Army Air Forces took over the responsibility of providing air cover for troops operating on Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in attempt to hide evidence of mass killings. Dismantling work of Crematorium II of Auschwitz Concentration Camp began on the same day. First, the motor that pumped the air out of the gas chamber was removed and sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Then, pipes were removed and sent to Gross-Rosen Concentration camp. Other equipment were removed in order and shipped into various parts of Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • B-24 bombers of No. 159 Squadron RAF from Kharagpur in eastern India mined the Penang Strait. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's shop on New Cross High Street, London, England, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1944
Special attack damaged USS Essex, late Nov 1944; note Oerlikon cannon and ammunition cansJapanese paratroopers of Kaoru Airborne Raiding Detachment inside a L2D aircraft, 26 Nov 1944; person in aisle with glasses was identified as Lieutenant Takashi KakuMrs. Catherine D McCain, wife of Vice Admiral John S McCain, before the commissioning ceremony of the carrier USS Bon Homme Richard that she had sponsored seven months earlier, New York Navy Yard, 26 Nov 1944.A burial party assembled on Intrepid
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944