19 May 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Hoe claimed damaging a Japanese ship and sinking another after scoring 2 torpedoes on each of the ships; a total of 10 torpedoes were fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese trawler with her deck gun, scoring no hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Forrestal became the Secretary of the Navy of the United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joel Brand of the Hungarian Zionist Relief and Rescue Committee and Gestapo Agent Bandi Grosz (alias Andre Gyorgy) arrived in Istanbul, Turkey to deliver a message for the Allied powers: Germany would spare the lives of 700,000 Hungarian Jews if the Allies would provide Germany with 10,000 trucks, 2 million bars of soap, 800 tons of coffee, 200 tons of cocoa, and 800 tons of tea. The British government concluded that it was a German scheme to install suspicion in the Soviet Union toward the Western Allies. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An Anglo-Indian attack on Naga, India was repulsed with heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Three Chinese battalions attacked each other in confusion while assaulting Myitkyina, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Frank Merrill suffered another heart attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • I. von Heider was named the civilian administrator of the Channel Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British troops captured the airfield at Aquino outside of Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • French Moroccan colonial troops plundered villages near Cassino, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • "Barbarigo" naval infantry battalion of Italian Navy reported a strength of 714 men. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in support of the upcoming Mariana Islands invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tanikaze completed escorting a convoy from Saipan, Mariana Islands to Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marcus Island embarked aircraft on the west coast of the United States for ferrying to the South Pacific. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Franklin arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Spot was launched at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, sponsored by Mrs. A. A. Gieselmann. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 May 1944
Winston Churchill and Bernard Montgomery in southern England, United Kingdom, 19 May 1944. Churchill is in what was called a “siren suit.”B-17G Fortress B-17G Fortress B-17G Fortress
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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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