26 July 1943
War in the Air
Eighth Air Force Heavy Bomber Mission No. 77: 303 aircraft sent to attack targets in north west Germany. 54 hit the Hamburg U-boat yards, 92 hit industrial targets at Hanover, 18 attack a convoy and 35 attack targets of opportunity. 24 aircraft lost. This is the second US raid on Hamburg in two days and is part of the "Battle of Hamburg"
Four RAF Mosquitos carry out a nuisance raid over Hamburg (night of 26/27 July), triggering the main air raid alarm.
War at Sea
German submarine U-359 sunk with all hands off San Domingo
Martial Law is declared in Italy and the Fascist Party is dissolved
Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943, Keith Lowe
. Quite possibly the best book yet written on the Allied bombing campaign against Germany, Lowe examines the week-long attack on Hamburg in July 1943 from the point of view of the bomber pilots, the German night fighter pilots and the citizens of Hamburg. A brilliantly researched and written account of one of the more somber periods in European History. [see more
How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 26 July 1943, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1943_07_26.html