18 Jun 1944
  • Carrier Shokaku sailed in company with flagship Taiho and sister ship Zuikaku for the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Mingo departed Manus, Admiralty Islands for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army isolated Cherbourg, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division arrived in Normandy, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Gurkha troops of the Chindits made contact with Chinese troops at the village of Lakum in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In China, the strategic city of Changsha, 200 miles south of Hankou, fell to the Japanese, having successfully defied them three times before. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
  • British No. 617 Squadron attacked the 20-foot thick concrete dome containing V-2 rockets at Wizernes, France without success. They would return to this target on multiple occasions in the following month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 11 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 138 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) rejoined Task Force 58 in the Mariana Islands and waited for the approaching Japanese Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS New Mexico escorted transports out of the Mariana Islands area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A V-1 flying bomb struck the Guards Chapel across from Buckingham Palace in London, England, United Kingdom during worship services, killing 119. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | TH]
  • Winston Churchill impressed on Dwight Eisenhower that there must be no change of plans as a result of the V-1 attacks; London and the South-east would endure the bombardment as long as was necessary. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • Glenn Miller arrived in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • Submarine Chub was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. T. A. Risch. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Jun 1944
American soldiers constructing a landing ramp as part of the Mulberry A artificial harbor at Omaha Beach, Normandy, circa mid-Jun 1944StuG III assault gun of German 303 Assault Gun Brigade in Finland, possibly near Tali-Ihantala, Finland, circa Jun 1944Wrecked German Tiger I heavy tank near Rome, Italy, 18 Jun 1944Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. in his Jeep
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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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