13 Jun 1944
  • Shokaku departed Tawitawi to reinforce Saipan. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Yamato departed Batjan, Halmahera at 2200 hours to rendezvous with the Mobile Fleet. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • German troops launched a counter attack on Carentan, France. Meanwhile, near Villers-Bocage, Hauptsturmf├╝hrer Michael Wittmann's lone Tiger tank destroyed 25 tanks and vehicles of the British 7th Armoured Division. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • Lieutenant Commander Everett Hartwell Steinmetz was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • USS Iowa bombarded Saipan and Tinian, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Hawaii Japan Mariana Islands
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Saipan | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Flier attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, damaging a tanker with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired; she was subjected to a heavy counterattack. ww2dbase [Flier | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Stefanica Paunescu was killed in combat when his aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters over Poland. ww2dbase [Stefanica Paunescu | CPC]
  • An A4 rocket fired from Peenem├╝nde, Germany to test radio-control gear for an anti-aircraft rocket veered off course and landed 200 miles away in neutral Sweden. Considerable amounts of the rocket were salvaged by the Swedish authorities and later passed on to the British. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | V-Weapons Campaign | AC]
United Kingdom
  • The first ten V-1 flying bombs were launched from France between 0330 and 1400 hours. Two blew up shortly after take off, two crashed into the English Channel, two landed and exploded in rural areas and another in a garden destroying the house and greenhouses. Only one reached the target, London, England, United Kingdom. It exploded at Bethnal Green on the railway bridge across Grove Road, killing six people, the first of 6,200 such fatalities that would be caused in the coming months. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | England | CPC]
United States
  • After exercises at sea, Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay arrived at San Diego, California. Composite Squadron 79 (VC-79) disembarked. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | San Diego, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jun 1944
Carriers San Jacinto and Lexington off the Mariana Islands, 13 Jun 1944Map depicting Allied operations in the Normandy, France area, 13-30 Jun 1944Wrecked German Tiger I heavy tank, Viller-Bocage, France, Jun 1944British 4.5 inch gun and crew of 211 Battery, 64th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery in action near Tilly-sur-Seulles, France, 13 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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