18 May 1944
  • Allied bombers conducted a raid on Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops attacked Japanese positions at Ninthoukgong, India. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • The Buckley-class destroyer-escort USS England (Commander W. B. Pendleton) attacked and sank Japanese submarine I-16, the first of six enemy submarines to be sunk by USS England over a twelve-day period. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Martin Gottfried Weiss was promoted to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer. ww2dbase [Martin Gottfried Weiss | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived at Myitkyina Airfield, Burma, not with badly needed food and ammunition for the US US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) and its Chinese allies, but instead with 12 war correspondents who happily took photographs of the general on the newly captures airfield. The next transport again failed to bring any supplies, instead it disembarked anti-aircraft gunners. In the afternoon, Stilwell ordered a Chinese battalion to probe Japanese defenses at the city of Myitkyina to the east, which by this time had grew to a strength of 700 men. Meanwhile, K Force of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) marched toward the village of Charpate five miles northwest of Myitkyina near the Mogaung-Myitkyina Road while H Force White Combat Team of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) captured the ferry terminal at Zigyun southeast of Myitkyina. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Joseph Stilwell | Myitkyina | CPC]
  • While at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, Lieutenant Commander William Harry Wright was made the commanding officer of USS Archerfish, relieving George Kehl. ww2dbase [Archerfish | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • British 78th Division linked up with the Polish Corps in the Liri River valley 3.2 kilometers west of Cassino, Italy. Later on the same day, Polish troops captured the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Cassino, Lazio | TH, CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Puffer attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, firing 9 torpedoes, 2 of which hit and sank freighter Shinryu Maru. ww2dbase [Puffer | South China Sea | CPC]
Russia United States
  • USS Ranger departed New York bound for Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Ranger | New York | DS]
Photo(s) dated 18 May 1944
Men of 163rd Infantry Regiment hit the beach from Higgins boats during the invasion of Wadke Island, New Guinea, 18 May 1944Canadian Prime Minister King and General Harry Foster walking by a Ford GPA amphibious Jeep, England, UK, 18 May 1944The cerws of USS Saratoga (foreground) and HMNZS Gambia (center) saluting each other as USS Saratoga was preparing to leave Indian Ocean, 18 May 1944British Eastern Fleet destroyers providing honorary escort to USS Saratoga (foreground) as the US carrier departed Indian Ocean, 18 May 1944
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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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