26 Dec 1942
  • A fire broke out on Tatsuta Maru, but it was quickly extinguished. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Admiral Darlan was replaced as High Commissioner in French North Africa by Henri Giraud, who commanded the French army at the outbreak of the war, before being captured by the Germans, escaping and fleeing to Algeria. ww2dbase [Henri Giraud | AC]
  • Brigadier General Francis P. Mulcahy, currently the commanding officer of the US 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, relieved Brigadier General L. E. Woods as the commanding general of the Cactus Air Force on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • As 15 US B-24 and 6 B-17 bombers began to take off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua to attack the Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain, one of the bombers crashed at the end of the runway, blocking many of the bombers from launching. The aircraft that took off prior to the crash reached Rabaul and sank Italy Maru near Lakunai airfield, sank Tsurugisan Maru, and damaged destroyer Tachikaze (killing destroyer commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Yasumi HIrasata). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-51B was hit by a major storm about half way between Bear Island and Jan Mayen island north of Norway; five ships lost contact with the convoy. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea Australian Papua France Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi arrived at Roi, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Roi | CPC]
  • The Soviet law punishing those who were late to work for more than 20 minutes was made harsher; those who violated this law were now subjected to prison terms between two to five years. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Dec 1942
H8K flying boat, 26 Dec 1942

26 Dec 1942 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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