7 Oct 1944
  • USS Cod damaged a Japanese tanker. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hoe fired 7 torpedoes at a Japanese convoy, scoring 3 hits on 2 freighters, sinking 1 of them. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked the same Japanese tanker she had been chasing since the previous day in the Southe China Sea, hitting her with another 3 torpedo hits (of 6 torpedoes fired), but could not determine whether she had been sunk. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British troops captured Nauplion and the island of Samos in Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 20.Gebirgsarmee began a fighting-withdrawal from Finland toward Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In the United Kingdom, the Cabinet decided to continue the censorship of reports of rocket attacks. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • From his headquarters in Chongqing, China, Milton Miles sent US Navy Pacific Fleet Command a daily weather map of China; for the first time, the map covered the entire Chinese coast and 500 miles out into the sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • General Rudolf Viest was made the commander of the Slovak National Uprising; previous commander, General Ján Golian, stepped down to become Viest's deputy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Egypt
  • In Alexandria, Egypt five Arab nations (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon) concluded the Alexandria Protocol agreeing to coordinate their political plans and foreign policies. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany
  • 1st Lieutenant Elmer Taylor and 1st Lieutenant Willard Erfkamp of USAAF 364th Fighter Group, flying P-51 fighters, together shot down the German Me 163 rocket fighter piloted by Husser; Husser would survive the subsequent crash landing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Major Richard Conner of USAAF 78th Fighter Group, flying a P-47 fighter, shot down a Me 262 jet aircraft over Osnabrück, Germany; the German pilot was observed to have bailed out before the jet crashed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 1st Lieutenant Urban Drew, flying a P-51 fighter, shot down two Me 262 fighters (flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Arnold and Leutnant Gerhard Kobert) as they were taking off from Achmer Airfield. The only witness to the town victories, his wingman 2nd Lieutenant Robert McCandliss, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and captured before the end of the mission, so Drew did not receive credit for these two downings until after the war when McCandliss was released from captivity. This was the first and only time in the war a pilot scored two jet victories in one mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italy
  • British 8th Army resumed attacks on the Gothic Line in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale received orders to move to waters northwest of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Baya sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill detected a Japanese carrier in the South China Sea, but was driven off by destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp made rendezvous with Task Force 38 in the Philippine Sea in the evening. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Takijiro Onishi arrived in Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Jewish prisoners of the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz II-Birkenau Concentration Camp organized a large revolt and escape. Crematorium IV was set on fire, while SS guards came under attack. During the havoc, some of the prisoners were successful in cutting through the perimeter fencing and got outside, but the SS guard responded and successfully rounded up all escapees and killed them all. After the revolt was put down in the camp, about 250 prisoners, including leader Zalmen Gradowski and Józef Deresinski, were dead. Three SS men were also killed; ten were wounded. Four Jewish women who had stolen the explosives from their workplace at the Union-Werke armaments factory, which were used during this revolt, were later hanged. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Astoria arrived at San Francisco, California, United States and entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard to repair the damaged turbine. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1944
African-American US Army nurse Lieutenant Florie E. Gant tending a prisoner-of-war patient, England, UK, 7 Oct 1944Japanese-American troops of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regiment, US 34th Infantry Division resting in bivouac, France, 7 Oct 1944Richard O

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