23 Jun 1944
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Guimarras, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Franklin departed Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-530 and Japanese submarine I-52 made rendezvous in the mid-Atlantic 850 miles west of Cape Verde islands. U-530 transferred a Naxos radar detector, a radar operator, and a navigator to I-52. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish set sail for Manus, Australian New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Michael Allmand of the Gurkha Rifles won the Victoria Cross after charging ahead of his troops three times to clear the way of enemy positions in northern Burma; on the third time, he was seriously wounded. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Over France, with two engines out and the fuselage on fire, Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, a Canadian gunner in a No. 419 Squadron Lancaster, was ordered to bale out. However, he saw that the rear gunner was trapped and tried to free him even though his own clothing and parachute were on fire. Hopelessly stuck, the rear gunner signaled to Mynarski that he should save himself. The Canadian gallantly stood to attention and saluted his comrade before jumping out. He was found by the French but died later of his terrible injuries. Amazingly, the gunner was thrown clear when the Lancaster crashed and survived, as did the other crew members who had jumped. When they returned and told their story after the war, Mynarski was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • In Burma, Tulbahadur Pun of the Gurkha Rifles won the Victoria Cross for single-handedly crossing 30 yards of open swampy ground under concentrated enemy fire to destroy a position that had virtually wiped out his section. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Corporal Sefanaia Sukanaivalu became the only Fijian to win the Victoria Cross during the fighting on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. After rescuing two wounded comrades he was hit in the groin whilst attempting to rescue a third. Unable to move and knowing that his comrades would not leave him whilst he remained alive, Sukanaivalu selflessly raised himself in full view of the enemy, and died in a hail of bullets. The award was made posthumously. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Finnish fighter pilot Hans Wind flying a Bf 109 fighter downed four aircraft in a single sorte. Over a ten day period in Jun 1944 he would account for 25 opponents from his final tally of 75 kills throughout the war. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Generaloberst Eduard Dietl of the German 20.Gebirgsarmee was killed in a plane crash. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Martti Aho was promoted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Churchill, with misgivings, gave in to pressure from the Americans and sanctioned operation Anvil (the proposed US-French invasion of the south of France). Churchill called this a "Bleak and sterile exercise". ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Chindit and Japanese troops engaged in fierce fighting at Mogaung, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Unite States, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the US Congress drafted a resolution that supported the War Refugee Board and promised retribution against those responsible for atrocities in occupied Europe (Hungary in particular). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Two representatives (one Danish and one Swiss) of the International Red Cross and one representative of the Danish Red Cross visited Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia for six hours; the prisoners gave them positive reports about the living conditions as they were instructed to do by the camp administration. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Alpo Marttinen was promoted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Germany, Joseph Goebbels, German propaganda chief, went on radio in Germany to say that the continuous V-1 bombs landing in London was like a nagging toothache to the British. "It will continue day and night and drive them mad." ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Parts of ARGUS-15, ARGUS-17, and ARGUS-23 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Landing ship No. 110 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 157 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) conducts air strikes against Pagan Island in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • In the South China Sea, USS Flier continued to attack the same Japanese convoy which she had been pursuing since the previous day, sinking a transport with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp set sail for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chelmno Concentration Camp in occupied Poland was re-opened for the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto nearby. A Lodz, deportations began on the same day; through 14 Jul 1944, 7,196 would be sent to Chelmno where they would be killed in gas vans. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Over southern England, United Kingdom, No. 3 Squadron RAF added a further 15 "kills" to their tally and 91 Squadron at ALG (Advance Landing Ground) Deanland accounted for a further 11. Flight Officer Ken Collier RAAF flying a Spitfire XIV aircraft became the first pilot to bring down a V-1 bomb by tipping it over using his wingtip. Pilots of the fighter Squadrons were now demanding that areas of defence be made as regards anti-aircraft batteries as some pilots had experienced friendly fire. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
Photo(s) dated 23 Jun 1944
Wrecked pontoon causeway of one of the C-47 Skytrain aircraft recovering a CG-4A glider, Normandy, France, 23 Jun 1944; note hooked tow line from C-47 getting ready to hook onto a net connected to gliderP-47 Thunderbolt piloted by Capt Raymond M Walsh of the 406th Fighter Group is silhouetted against the exploding ammunition truck he just strafed, France, Jun 23 1944. The image was taken by his wingman’s gun camera in the following P-47P-47D Thunderbolts of the 318th Fighter Group being ferried to Saipan on Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay. Note bomb splashes from an aerial attack by four D3A Aichi “Val” dive bombers during refueling operations east of Saipan, Jun 23 1944. Photo 1 of 2
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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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