On This Day…December 26th.
A salvaged Japanese mini submarine, here photographed from the bow. These min-subs were not named; instead they had a designation number according to production dates. Operationally, they were identified by their mother ship, so this mini-sub being attached to I-24 would be termed I-24 Tou (Japanese for ‘boat’).
The sub pictured here on December 26th was one of five operating in the vicinity of Pearl Harbour on the 7th December, ‘41. I-24tou (Ha-19) became lost after losing function of her gyrocompass and ran onto reefs, finally grounding herself on Oahu’s east shore, 25 miles from the Pearl Harbor. The sub was captured with both torpedoes still in its tubes and it’s commanding officer became the first Japanese POW captured by US forces in World War II.
A Kawanishi H8K flying boat, code named by the Allies as ‘Emily’ photographed on Dec 26th, 1942.
Altough two ‘Emilys’ were used in the failed second attack on Pearl (March 4th, 1942), most of the 131 H8K flying boats built were used for reconnaissance purposes and were widely thought of as one of the best examples of flying boats. Only four survived the war, the example shown is below being examined by US troops on the Gilbert Islands on November 1943.
On 26 Dec 1943, Major General Rupertus’ US 1st Marine Division land at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, as part of the push to capture Rabaul. The landing met fierce resistance from the Japanese 17th Division.
French magazine depicts ‘General Winter’, a substantial contributing factor in the military failures of both Napoleon’s and Hitler’s invasions of Russia.
26 December 1948; test pilot Ivan Yevgrafovich Federov became the first man in the Soviet Union to exceed Mach 1 when he flew the Lavochkin La-176 in a dive from 9,000 meters to 6,000 meters. At first it was believed that the La-176’s airspeed indicator had malfunctioned, but during tests conducted the first week of January 1949, Federov repeated the dive and six times reached Mach 1.02.
B-17G ‘WOLFEL BEAR’ of the 486th Bomber Group crashed near Jamoigne, Belgium, 26 December 1944.
The ‘Cobra King’ crew — 1st Lt. Charles Boggess, Cpl. Milton Dickerman and Pvts. James Murphy, Hubert Smith and Harold Hafner — pose for a celebratory photo in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium shortly after the tankers led the armor and infantry column that liberated the city, 26th December 1944.
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