10 Jun 1944
  • Yamato departed Tawi-Tawi for Batjan, Halmahera at 1600 hours for Operation KON; this was reported by American Submarine USS Harder. Shortly after, the Japanese fleet spotted a periscope and carried out evasive maneuvers that nearly resulted in a collision between Yamato and Musashi. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Former Chinese light cruiser Pinghai was renamed Yasoshima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Mingo arrived at Manus, Admiralty Islands for training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The town of Oradour-sur-Glane in central France was destroyed. Nearly all of its 652 inhabitants were killed by troops of the SS Division Das Reich; only 10 survived the massacre with fire and machine gunning. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German SS troops massacred 218 civilians at Distomo, central Greece, in revenge for losing seven men in a partisan ambush. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Kittyhawk fighters of No. 80 Squadron RAAF shot down a Japanese Ki-61 aircraft over New Guinea island. This was the last Commonwealth Kittyhawk fighter victory of the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Wei Lihuang's Chinese Expeditionary Force having crossed the rugged 10,000-foot Gaoligong Mountains (Postal Map: Kaolikong) captured Longling (Postal Map: Lungling), Yunnan Province, China on the Burma Road, but would soon be driven out again by a counter-attack by the Japanese 56th Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • RAF Lancaster and Halifax bombers attacked four airfields in France. At Leval, where German fighter-bombers were operating in attacks on the invasion beaches, the runway was cratered in several places, interrupting sorties for 48 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Johannes Hähle passed away in La Biljude, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The vehicle in which Violette Szabo traveled was stopped by a German roadblock outside of Salon-la-Tour, Limousin, France. Wounded in the ankle, she held off advancing Germans, allowing a fellow agent to flee. After running out of ammunition, she was captured. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German High Command commended Italian "Folgore" parachute regiment. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Parts of Air Group 19 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 159 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harder detected a Japanese fleet in the Celebes Sea consisted of three battleships, four cruisers, and a number of destroyers, but was in turn spotted by a Japanese aircraft. As destroyers approached her position, she moved forward and fired three torpedoes before diving, hitting one destroyer with 2 hits. She survived a two-hour depth charge attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The US Eighth Army was activated in the United States under the command of Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Jun 1944
US Army vehicles moved inland from a Normandy invasion beach, Jun 1944Biscayne participating in amphibious exercises off Arzew, Algeria as flagship of US Navy Rear Admiral B. J. Rodgers, 10-11 Jun 1944A platoon of African-American troops of the US Army moving along a farm house as they prepared to eliminate a German sniper up ahead, near Vierville-sur-Mer, France, 10 Jun 1944Detonation of a naval mine off Normandy, France, Jun 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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