24 Aug 1943
  • USS Tunny detected a 6-ship Japanese convoy near the Toagel Mlungui Pass in the Palau Islands early in the morning and stalked the convoy for the remainder of the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Frick was named Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler was appointed as Minister of the Interior of Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Denmark, bomb incidents and strikes marked growing resistance. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The 1st (French) Motorised Infantry Division was created from the 1st Free French Division and was sent to Italy as a part of the French Expeditionary Force in Apr 1944. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Georgian Legion of the German Army was ordered to move from the Eastern Front to the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps Colonel William Brice moved the headquarters of his Fighter Command to the Munda Point airfield on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. On this date, the responsibility of Commander, Aircraft, New Georgia was also merged under his command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • 1,260 Polish Jewish children from the liquidated Bialystok ghetto in Poland arrived at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Germany
  • Ilse Koch was arrested by the SS for corruption. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Harder departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale damaged an oiler and a freighter in a Japanese convoy 37 kilometers west of Kusagaki Islands, Japan in the East China Sea, hitting them with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Spot was laid down at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Aug 1943
Type IXC/40 U-Boat U-185 foundering in the mid-Atlantic after an aerial depth charge attack by a TBF-1 Avenger from Escort Carrier USS Core, 24 Aug 1943. 36 were rescued while 43 perished.Honorary welders C. R. Campbell and Georg Lyon at the keel laying of submarine Spot, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Aug 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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