Skip to comments.RUSSIANS PUSHED BACK IN STREETS OF ROSTOV; U.S. SUBMARINES SINK FIVE JAPANESE SHIPS (7/26/42)
Posted on 07/26/2012 4:12:48 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
The News of the Week in Review
The German Tide Threatens to Isolate the Caucasus (Map) 9
Twenty News Questions 10
Second Front Areas Considered Possibilities (Baldwin) 11
Chinese Are Confident They Can Outlast Foe (Forman) 12
Answers to Twenty News Questions 13
US forces set to invade Guadalcanal
Sunday, July 26, 1942 www.onwar.com
In the Pacific... About 400 miles southeast of Fiji, the American aircraft carriers Wasp, Enterprise and Saratoga rendezvous with the invasion force for Guadalcanal. It is the most powerful force the US Navy has yet assembled in the Pacific.
In Berlin... In discussing oil exploration and resources, Hitler notes about the Soviets that “there is a lot we can learn from them.”
July 26th, 1942
UNITED KINGDOM: USAAF 31st Fighter Group makes its first sorties using RAF Spitfires.
While flying with 412 Squadron RCAF, Lieutenant Colonel Albert P. Clark, the Group Executive Officer of USAAF 31 FG became a prisoner of war after being shot down during a sweep over France. He is the first combat casualty in the European theater for the U.S. fighter forces. (Bob Castle)
Sweets and chocolate are rationed from today. Adults and children get the same allowance - half a pound must last them for the next four-week period. The ministry of food will announce the ration for subsequent periods.
“Personal Points” must be cut out and given to shopkeepers for each purchase of sweets. Chocolate is rated at 16 points a pound. Penny bars or tubes of sweets will be counted at one point, twopenny bars at two points.
If children want more, it is up to parents or grandparents to give up some of their own rations to them, said Lord Woolton, the minister of food.
NORTH AFRICA: In Libya during the night of 25/26 July, US Army, Middle East Air Force (USAMEAF) B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators bomb the harbor at Tobruk. (Jack McKillop)
In the evening Eighth Army attacks the German at Ruweisat. The infantry make some progress but the tanks get bogged down in mine fields and do not keep up. (Jay Stone)(139)
SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC: Admiral Fletcher hosts Admirals McCain Kincaid, Turner, Crutchley and General Vandegrift aboard the USS Saratoga anchored off Koro Island in the Fiji Islands. This will be the only pre-landing conference of the major commanders prior the Operation Watchtower, the invasion of the southern Solomon Islands. Admiral Ghormley is represented by Captain Callaghan, Chief of Staff.
After much discussion of logistics, Admiral Fletcher asks Turner how much time unloading will take. When Turner replies “About five days.” Admiral Fletcher declares that he will withdraw the carriers after two days to avoid air counterattacks.
Captain Callaghan notes Fletcher’s skittishness, but he does not invoke his authority as Chief of Staff for Admiral Ghormley.
During the next four days, the 1st Marine Division and attached units will rehearse their landing plans. The rehearsal is a disaster and Vandegrift and Turner are reminded that “a bad rehearsal foreshadows a good performance.
NEW CALEDONIA: The Americal Division is assigned to the US Army Forces in South Pacific Area. (Yves J. Bellanger)
NEW GUINEA: USAAF B-26 Marauders attack a destroyer off Gona but fail to score hits; Australian troops flown into Kokoda by USAAF C-47 Skytrains fail to halt the Japanese advance and Kokoda is evacuated. (Jack McKillop)
There is a brief contact between the Japanese South Seas Detachment operating along the Kokoda Track and a platoon of the Australian 39th Battalion, who fire at advance Japanese elements before withdrawing. (Michael Alexander)
CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Digby commissioned.
CAPT Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women’s Naval Reserve. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Judy Garland and Gene Kelly record the song “For Me and My Gal” for Decca Records. The song is featured in the movie of the same name. (Jack McKillop)
Minesweeper USS Pioneer launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
GULF OF MEXICO: SS Oaxaca sunk by U-171 at 28.23N, 96.08W. (Dave Shirlaw)
CARIBBEAN SEA: SS Tamandare sunk by U-66 at 11.34N, 60.30W. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: At 0757, U-607 attacked Convoy ON-113 about 300 miles east of Cape Race and observed two hits on a freighter and heard one detonation further away. At 0811, U-704 attacked the same convoy and saw one detonation. It seems that both U-boats had hit Empire Rainbow. The master, 38 crewmembers and eight gunners were picked up by destroyer HMS Burnham and corvette HMCS Dauphin and landed at St John’s. (Dave Shirlaw)
Page 5, top left column story on Japan war plans already underway as “peace envoy” was arriving. I’d heard that but never knew it was something known during war time. Interesting.
Thanks (as always) for the pings. Great stuff.
Im not surprised that information is public in 1942. I dont think it hurts the administration to reveal they were played by the devious Japs since it is part of the whole Day of Infamy scenario. To the contrary, it helps build acceptance for austerity measures and sacrifice.
“U.S. SUBMARINES SINK FIVE JAPANESE SHIPS (7/26/42)”
Sounds like they got that pesky, faulty torpedo problem out of the way.
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