24 Sep 1914
  • Erwin Rommel, wielding a rifle without any ammunition, fought three French soldiers, catching a ricocheting bullet in the left thigh. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1918
  • US Navy Lieutenant David S. Ingalls, on exchange with No. 213 Squadron RAF, shared the destruction of a German Rumpler in his Sopwith Camel aircraft, becoming the only US Navy fighter Ace of World War I. ww2dbase [AC]
24 Sep 1920 United States
  • USS Reuben James was commissioned into service with Commander Gordon W. Hines in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
24 Sep 1921

  • Prince Kotohito was awarded Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1923
  • Quintin Brand was appointed the commanding officer of No. 56 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1927

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was assigned to destroyer USS Macdonough as her executive officer and navigator. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1929

United States
  • Flying a Consolidated NY-2 Husky biplane, equipped with a Sperry artificial horizon, directional gyro, and a Kollsman altimeter, Lieutenant James H. Doolittle USAAC, completed the first successful blind take-off circuit and landing at Mitchell field, Long Island, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Benjamin Kelsey flew with James Doolittle as his safety pilot during the first fully blind instrument flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1931

  • Yuan Chin-hai was appointed the Chairman of the Committee for the Maintenance of Peace and Order for the newly renamed Fengtien Province in northeastern China (now Liaoning Province, China) as he negotiated with the Japanese. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Xi Qia of neighboring Jilin Province continued his separate discussion with the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1935
  • Hitler's Minister for Church Affairs, Hans Kerrl, appointed a Reich Church committee to supervise the local committees of dissident Evangelical Churches. ww2dbase [AC]
  • ShCh-317 was launched at Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In Britain, newly constructed British cruiser HMS Phaeton was commissioned into Australian service as HMAS Sydney. Aging Australian cruiser HMAS Brisbane, which had brought HMAS Sydney's crew to Britain, was decommissioned from service and was prepared to be sold to Thomas Ward and Company for scrapping. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1936

Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1936
Hazel Ying Lee at an air show in Shanghai, China, 24 Sep 1936; note Shanghai mayor Wu Tiecheng behind Lee
24 Sep 1938
  • German Army chief Walther von Brauchitsch married Charlotte Rueffer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As Neville Chamberlain departed Bad Godesberg, Germany to return to London, England, United Kingdom, Adolf Hitler promised him that the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia would be the last German territorial demand in Europe. In France, the French government rejected the latest German demands; the French military partially mobilized in preparation for war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1939

  • Limited food rationing began in Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German Einsatzgruppen murdered 800 members of Polish intelligentsia at Bydgoszcz, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Soviet Union gave an ultimatum to the Estonian Foreign Minister in Moscow, Russia, demanding land to build a Soviet minitary base in Estonia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Winston Churchill noted that the past three weeks since the European War had begun had been the longest he had ever lived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the commanding officer of the 3rd Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1940
  • In Britain, gasoline price rose to 2 shillings and 2 pence per gallon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops occupied Lang Son, Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Operation Menace: Overnight, Governor of French West Africa, Pierre Boisson, rejected Free French demand for the surrender of Dakar. At 0700 hours, British destroyer HMS Fortune detected Vichy French submarine Ajax, which was forced to surface by depth charges and then sunk with gunfire after the crew of 61 was captured. British battleship HMS Barham shelled French battleship Richelieu in Dakar harbor; Richelieu was damaged with two shells and a misfire of her own. French coastal batteries was able to force back the British fleet at 1000 hours. In the afternoon, the British fleet returned. French coastal artillery opened fire again, hitting Barham with four shells, and forced back the British fleet once again. Far to the north, 64 Vichy French bombers from Algeria and Morocco bombed Gibraltar in retaliation, damaging one ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • King George VI of the United Kingdom instituted the George Cross medal to award those who displayed courage not in the face of the enemy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader was promoted to the war time rank of flight lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British submarine HMS Cachalot attacked a German submarine in the Bay of Biscay off France without success. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Tuna sank German catapult ship Ostmark 35 miles west of Saint-Nazaire, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German motor torpedo boat S-30 sank British ship Continental Coaster in the North Sea 10 miles off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, killing 4. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Scirč departed La Spezia, Italy for Gibraltar with three manned torpedoes on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • At 0830 and then again at 1115 hours, 200 German bombers, escorted by 400 fighters, were launched to attack targets in Kent in southern England, United Kingdom; Portsmouth, Southampton, and the nearby Spitfire fighter factory at Woolston were among the targets. Meanwhile, as the British government announced plans to expand evacuation, 444,000 children had already been evacuated from the London area. The arrival of German bombers on this night marked the 18th consecutive night in which London had been bombed; Liverpool, Dundee, and other cities and towns were also bombed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1941
  • US Marine Corps 1st Provisional Marine Brigade was detached from US Navy jurisdiction for service with the US Army in Iceland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-67 sank St. Clair II at about 0000 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-107 and U-67 attacked Allied convoy SL-87 and sank four British ships 350 miles west of Madeira island; 16 were killed, 197 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy ON.18 became the first westbound convoy to be escorted by American ships as it made rendezvous with US destroyers USS Madison, USS Gleaves, USS Lansdale, USS Hughes and USS Simpson in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran stopped, evacuated, and scuttled Greek ship Stamatios G. Embiricos in the Indian Ocean 600 miles west of the Maldives islands; the crew of 31 were captured. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minelaying cruiser HMS Abdiel and destroyers HMS Napir, HMS Kingston, and HMS Hotspur departed Alexandria, Egypt with troops and supplies for the besieged Tobruk, Libya; they would set sail to return to Alexandria overnight, arriving in the following day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a Maryland bomber and five Hurricane fighters near Buq Buq, Egypt, his 19th through 24th kills. Among his victims were South African Captain C. A. van Vliet, South African Second Lieutenant J. Mac Robert, South African Lieutenant B. E. Dodd, and New Zealand Pilot Officer D. F. Westenra. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tobacco ration in Paris, France dropped to 4 cigarettes per day for men and 0 for women. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The German Armeegruppe Sud started its offensive from southern Ukraine towards Crimea, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The German Einsatzgruppe C set up its headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Arthur Coningham was made Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1941
Firefighters battling a fire at a hotel in Kiev, Ukraine, 24 Sep 1941A building on fire in Kiev, Ukraine, 24 Sep 1941
24 Sep 1942
  • The planned submarine Blanquillo was renamed Caiman. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The plan for future submarine Bocaccio was renamed submarine Charr. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The planned submarine Bonaci was renamed Chub. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The planned submarine Senorita was renamed Trepang. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler sacked General Franz Halder as Chief of Staff, replacing him with General Kurt Zeitzler. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Japanese troops landed on Maiana, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USAAF B-17 bombers damaged Japanese seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru off Shortlands Island, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Somali (Lieutenant Commander C. D. Maud) broke apart and sank while under tow by HMS Ashanti 185 miles north of Iceland; 77 were killed, 35 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • German submarine U-432 sank US ship Penmar 400 miles east of southern Greenland at 0144 hours; 2 were killed, 59 survived. In the same general area, U-617 sank Belgium ship Roumanie at 0158 hours; 42 were killed, 1 survived. At 0924 hours, U-175 sank US ship West Chetac 100 miles north of Georgetown, British Guyana; 31 were killed, 19 survived. At 1825 hours, U-512 sank US merchant ship Antinous (under two by British rescue tug HMS Zwatre Zee) also north of British Guyana. At 1910 hours, U-619 sank US ship John Winthrop 450 miles southeast of Greenland; all 52 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Greek submarine Nereus sank Italian freighter Fiume 7 miles southwest of Rhodes, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-561 sank Egyptian sailing vessel Sphinx with the deck gun miles southwest of Tiros, Syria-Lebanon at 2335 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Nizam sank a Vichy French merchant ship southwest of Madagascar. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • Dauntless dive bombers of US Marine Corps VMSB-231 squadron and US Navy VS-3 squadron from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands attacked Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze in the western Solomon Islands; they heavily damaged Umikaze (8 were killed) and forced the convoy to turn back. On the same day, US Army B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese Navy base on Shortland island, damaging seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The northern crew and the southern crew of the Alaska-Canadian Highway met at the British Columbia-Yukon border in Canada and began to connect the two portions. ww2dbase [TH]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank US freighter Losmar 220 miles west of the southern tip of India; 3 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Portuguese Timor
  • A Japanese fighter detected Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager in Betano Bay, East Timor at 1330 hours, which ran aground on the previous day. At 1600 hours, a wave of Japanese bombers attacked, heavily damaging the ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German Armeegruppe A launched an assault against Tuapse on the Black Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 94th Infantry Division and 24th Panzer Division effectively wiped out all Soviet units in the southern pocket in Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Hastings, England, United Kingdom; 19 were killed, 17 were seriously injured. Seaford in southeastern England was also attacked. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of LST-412 was laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Leslie Groves purchased 210 square kilometers (52,000 acres) of land in Tennessee, United States. Also known as Site X, it would soon become the Oak Ridge site of the Manhattan Project. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The United States Marine Corps established the Marine Corps Air Station Mojave in California, United States under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Holmsberg. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 Sep 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Ambon, Molucca Islands and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese escort carrier with six torpedoes in the Western Pacific, causing some damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Two of the ten sections of USS ABSD-1 arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Johnson was awarded Bar to his Distinguished Service Order medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Columbia arrived at Vella LaVella, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Permit arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Portions of Air Group 1 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Marshall Islands Russia
  • German submarine U-711 shelled the Soviet wireless telegraph station at Blagopoluchiya in northern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Following the untimely death of Sir Kingsley Wood, Sir John Anderson was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
24 Sep 1944
  • USS Becuna fired three torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Second Army reached the Rhine River, while the Germans sealed off US Third Army's bridgeheads across the Moselle River, south of Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Soviet minesweeper T.120 (formerly the USS Assail) was sunk by the German submarine U-739 in the Kara Sea in the Arctic Circle. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-19 was lost after striking a Japeanese mine southeast of Angaur, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
  • USS Tang departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, starting her fifth war patrol in the Taiwan Strait. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • British XIII Corps captured Marradi, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 146 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The STAVKA ordered the Soviet First Baltic Front to halt on the advance to Riga, Latvia, leaving the job to the Second Baltic Front and Third Baltic Front, and instead march toward Memel (now Klaipeda, Lithuania). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • British troops captured Deurne, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Dennis Smith was wounded while taking photographs on the front lines. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the central area of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • The Soviet GKO issued an order to increase food rations of NKVD, NKGB, and SMERSH operatives and officers. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Wisconsin departed Philadelphia Navy Yard in Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1944
USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 3USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 2 of 3USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 3 of 3USS North Carolina anchored off Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States, 24 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 3
See all photos dated 24 Sep 1944
24 Sep 1945
  • Salmon was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin arrived at Galveston, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet operative Andrei Onishchenko and his team captured Konstantin Volkov, who was in the process of defecting to the United Kingdom, and departed Turkey for Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Preston arrived at San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Baya arrived in San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German test pilot Karl Bauer arrived at Wright Field in Ohio, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1945
A pile of rubble from a destroyed Buddhist Temple in Nagasaki, Japan, 24 Sep 1945
24 Sep 1948
  • Mildred Gillars, known to the Americans as "Axis Sally", pled innocent to charges of treason. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Wei Lihuang met with Chiang Kaishek in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1956
  • Leng Peishu, flying a F-86F fighter, shot down a Chinese Communist MiG-17 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1960

United States
  • USS Springer was recommissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1964
  • Captain Lloyd Vasey was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1978
  • Hasso von Manteuffel passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1991
24 Sep 1998
  • Battleship Iowa arrived at Newport, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 2010

United States
  • The city council of Los Angeles, California, United States passed a resolution to support Pacific Battleship Center's proposal to bring battleship Iowa to Los Angeles. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 2015
  • The first civilian flight landed at Kalma Airport in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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

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