16 Jun 1944
  • USS Tunny sank a small sampan with gunfire in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • V-1 flying bombs began landing in England, United Kingdom before 0600 hours, with over 240 landing throughout what the Germans called the "Day of Vengeance". ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US submarines detected two large Japanese fleets near the Philippine Islands, headed towards the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Finland
  • Additional German troops began arriving in Finland to counter the recent Soviet offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • In France, the Mulberry harbour off Omaha beach, completed the night before, received its first tank landing ship (LST). Although there were still doubts that the pontoons would not be able to take the weight of a 38-ton Sherman tank without sinking or collapsing this task would, thankfully, be achieved with just a small margin of safety. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Italy
  • British Eighth Army captured Foligno and Spoleto, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched a raid on Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands before heading back to the Mariana Islands and joining in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese transport in the Celebes Sea, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Admiral George Thompson, the British Chief Press Censor, ordered that the press should refuse to report the locations of any V-1s incidents, which were to be kept deliberately unspecific. In addition no mention was to be made regarding any enemy plane (either manned or unmanned) which was shot down over England, Air raid warnings over London were also not to be reported, and obituary notices about civilian deaths caused by German bombing were to be limited to no more than three per postal district. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • USS Hawkbill departed New Orleans, Louisiana, United States for the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jun 1944
US Army vehicles came ashore on one of the floating causeways of the Mulberry artificial harbor off Omaha Beach, Normandy, 16 Jun 1944Floating causeway of the Mulberry artificial harbor off Omaha Beach, Normandy, 16 Jun 1944, with a half-track rolling toward the shoreBritish warships surrounding the motor launch carrying King George VI, off Normandy, France, 16 Jun 1944African-American US Marines awaiting orders shortly after landing on Saipan, Mariana Islands, 16 Jun 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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