SAT 26 MAY 1945
Thirty USAAF B-29s (20th Bomber Command) mine Shimonoseki Straits and the waters off Fukuoka, Karatsu, and Fushiki, Japan. Mines sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 172 at entrance to Fushiki harbor, Honshu, 36°48'N, 137°05'E, and merchant cargo ships Mogi Maru south of Hime Jima, 33°43'N, 131°38'E, Shiokubi Maru off Motoyamazakiand 9 Kaishin Maru at 34°00'N, 130°50'E, and No.6 Miyakawa Maru 3.5 kilometers south of Hesaki, 33°55'N, 131°02'E, and damage Japanese gunboat Hirota Maru, 34°18'N, 133°32'E, transport Akeshima Maru near Moji, 34°47'N, 131°35'E, and transport Inari Maru off Motoyamamisaki, and army cargo ships Ginzan Maru off Takenoko signal station and Igasa Maru 2.2 kilometers south of Hesaki, and merchant cargo ships Kunugi Maru outside Kobe harbor, 34°39'N, 135°11'E, Shozan Maru off Tokuyama, Shimonoseki Strait, 33°57'N, 131°46'E, and Mitsukisan Maru at 33°52'N, 131°02'E.
Off Okinawa, kamikazes damage high speed minesweeper Forrest (DMS-24), 26°00'N, 128°00'E, and submarine chaser PC-1603, 26°25'N, 127°53'E.
Submarine Billfish (SS-286) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship No.7 Kotobuki Maru off Nagasaki, Japan, 33°19'N, 129°31'E.
Japanese guardboat Kaishin Maru is damaged by stranding at north end of Paramushiro Island Kurils.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
by M. Bouffant at 19:45