19 Apr 1944
  • Thomas Hitchcock was killed while test-flying a P-51 Mustang aircraft. ww2dbase [Thomas Hitchcock | CPC]
  • USS Finback sank a small Japanese vessel in the Pacific Ocean with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • General Dwight Eisenhower agreed to give greater bombing priority to attacks on the German V-1 and V-2 weapons sites. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | V-Weapons Campaign | AC]
Australian New Guinea China
  • In order to forestall the bombing of the homeland by American B-29 bombers from bases at Guilin and Liuzhou in China and to seize the Beiping-Hong Kong railroad, Field Marshal Shunroku Hata, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Army China Expeditionary Force launched the Ichi-Go (Number one) offensive with a force of some 620,000 men, which was the largest force ever assembled by Japan for a single campaign. The main thrust was a powerful drive southwards from Hankou by the 11th Army, designed to link up with a push westward by 23rd Army from Guangdong. ww2dbase [Operation Ichigo | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • U-1234 was commissioned into service with Kapitänleutnant Helmut Thurmann in command. She was assigned to the 31st Flotilla, a training unit. ww2dbase [U-1234 | CPC]
  • Gorch Fock was officially reactivated by the German Navy. ww2dbase [Gorch Fock | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against Kassel, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | RAF Thurleigh | Kassel | DS]
  • After sundown, the Japanese launched three separate attacks against Anglo-Indian positions near Imphal, India, some supported by medium tanks; none of the attacks achieved their objectives. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Imphal, Manipur | CPC]
United States
  • Ernest King met with Joseph Rochefort in Washington DC, United States and gave him the command of the Far Eastern Section of the US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia. Composite Squadron VC-95 disembarked Bogue. This sortie was one of six Bogue sortie's singled out in a Presidntial Unit Citation. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Bogue | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
  • USS Ranger departed Quonset Point bound for Staten Island, New York. ww2dbase [Ranger | Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island | DS]
Photo(s) dated 19 Apr 1944
Japanese oil tanker, destroyer, and harbor facilities burning after being attacked by Allied aircraft during Operation Cockpit, Sabang, Sumatra, 19 Apr 1944Sabang airfield under attack, Sabang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, 19 Apr 1944.

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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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