24 May 1944
  • USS Flying Fish attempted to attack a Japanese convoy; all 4 torpedoes fired missed. She was detected and was subjected to a depth charge counterattack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla damaged a Japanese ship east of Borneo, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Prime Minister Churchill formally announced that Spain would not be a target of the forthcoming Allied invasion on continental western Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • SS official Adolf Eichmann's office in Budapest reported that 116,000 Hungarian Jews had already been deported, and another 200,000 were awaiting deportation, most of which were from Carpatho-Ruthenia and Transylvania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops penetrated Chindit defense lines near the Blackpool site in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A transport of 859 prisoners from the Pawiak prison in Warsaw, Poland arrived at Stutthof Concentration Camp in Sztutowo, occupied Danzig. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Iceland's four-day plebiscite ended; the result would show that 97% of the population wished to terminate the personal union with the King of Denmark, and 95% of the population wished to establish a new republic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Gibraltar Hill and attacked Lone Tree Hill near Imphal, India. To the north at Kohima, Indian 7th Division began an offensive against Dyer Hill, Pimple Hill, and Big Tree Hill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US forces captured Terracina, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The German Senger Line south of Rome, Italy was breached by troops of Canadian 1st Infantry Division, Canadian 5th Armoured Division, and II Polish Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Inigo Campioni was executed by firing squad in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 158 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The Japanese submarine RO-116 was sunk 225 miles north-northwest of Kavieng, New Ireland by Hedgehog depth charges from the American destroyer escort USS England commanded by Lieutenant Commander Walton B. Pendelton. ww2dbase [HM]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 May 1944
Captain Burke (third from left) with his US Navy Destroyer Squadron 23 captains at

24 May 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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