8 Apr 1944
  • Red Army troops reached the Slovakian border and advanced into Romania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USAAF bombers attacked a Volkswagen factory near Hannover, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Anthony Eden issued a statement condemning German atrocities and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. ww2dbase [Anthony Eden | CPC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the VIII Corps of US Third Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Rall was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Rall | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse detected a Japanese convoy off the Mariana Islands. After dark, attacked the convoy and sank cargo ship Kizugawa Maru, hitting her with four of eight torpedoes fired. After evading depth charges, she attacked again, sinking cargo ship Bisaku Maru, hitting her with two of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The 8,261-ton steam merchant Nebraska, a refrigerated cargo vessel owned by Royal Mail Lines of London, was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-843 (Kapitänleutnant Oskar Herwartz) when on passage from Taranto, Italy to Buenos Aires, Brazil. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | HM]
  • German submarine U-962 was sunk on the in north Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre by depth charges from the British "Black Swan" sloops HMS Crane (U 23) and HMS Cygnet (U 38). All 50 hands were lost. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | HM]
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides arrived at Brisbane, Australia ending her ninth war patrol. Silversides entered a normal two-week refit period where, among other things, a new 40mm gun was installed on the old 3-inch gun foundation. ww2dbase [Silversides | Brisbane | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • The headquarters of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Saidor Airfield | Saidor | CPC]
  • Troops of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) assaulted Japanese positions north of Nhpum Ga, Burma, making use of the pack howitzers that had just arrived recently. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Nhpum Ga | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft conducted raids across Henan Province, China. ww2dbase [Operation Ichigo | Henan | CPC]
  • The US XXIV Corps was established at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii, under the command of Major General John R. Hodge. The Corps would participate in the Leyte landings in the Philippine Islands (October 1944) and later in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Fort Shafter | Honolulu, Oahu | AC]
  • Japanese troops moved into the ground between Kohima and Jotsoma in India, cutting off the Indian 161st Brigade from being able to assist in the defense Kohima. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kohima, Assam | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale sank Japanese freighter Honan Maru in the Korea Strait, hitting her with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Whale | Korea Strait | CPC]
Romania Russia
  • The Soviet forces began an offensive to retake Crimea, Russia and to destroy the German 17.Armee. ww2dbase [Krym | TH]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 8 Apr 1944
Stocks of oil and other supplies gathered at Hixton General Depot, G-23, England, United Kingdom in preparation for the invasion of France, 8 Apr 1944US Army 3278th Quartermaster Company African-American Private Robert Askew examining a pile of overshoes, 8 Apr 1944Admiral Raymond Spruance (left) speaking with Captain Carl Holden, commanding officer of USS New Jersey on the New Jersey’s foredeck at Majuro, Marshall Islands, 8 Apr 1944. Admiral Nimitz was also on board.

8 Apr 1944 Interactive Map

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

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