8 Feb 1944
  • The Red Army captured Nikopol, Ukraine. Meanwhile, the German troops surrounded at Korsun were invited to surrender. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The RAF used its new 6-ton "Tall Boy" bomb on the Gnome-Rhone factory at Limoges, France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Major William Sidney, 1st Viscount de L'Isle, led an attack on enemy positions at Anzio, Italy. Although wounded, he refused medical treatment until his objectives had been made secure. For this he would be awarded the Victoria Cross (following in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Field Marshal Lord Gort who had also been badly wounded whilst winning the same medal during the 1914-1918 war). ww2dbase [AC]
  • Laffey (Allen M. Sumner-class) was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Laffey (Allen M. Sumner-class) | CPC]
  • The British Royal Navy's Second Escort Group (Captain F. J. Walker CB, DSO and three bars) sank the German submarine U-762. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Cruisers USS Minneapolis, USS San Francisco, and USS New Orleans escorted by USS Bailey departed the Kwajalein area bound for Majuro Lagoon, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Germany Hawaii Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Snook attacked a Japanese convoy with four torpedoes in the East China Sea. Three of them hit, sinking Lima Maru and damaging freighter Shiranesan Maru. ww2dbase [Snook | East China Sea | CPC]
Singapore Turkey
  • In Istanbul, Turkey, British MI6 agent Nicholas Elliott staged the kidnapping of German Abwehr officer Erich Vermehren (British code name: Precious) and his wife Elisabeth as a cover for their defection to the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Erich Vermehren | Istanbul | DS]
United States Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1944
Mechanics at Laredo Army Air Field, Texas, US checked a B-24 bomber before its flight, 8 Feb 1944Sherman BARV vehicle, Earls Court, London, England, United Kingdom, 8 Feb 1944USS Saratoga underway in the Marshall Islands area, 8 Feb 1944; note SBD Dauntless and F6F Hellcat aircraft on the flight deckWrecked Mikazuki being inspected by USMC personnel, off Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 8 Feb 1944; note depth charge mortar and rack
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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