24 Jun 1944
  • Hitler ordered all but one division of LIII Korps, encircled near Vitebsk, Byelorussia, to break out. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • Chinese troops, supported by heavy artillery, attacked Mogaung, Burma in support of the British Chindit operation. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • British Lieutenant General Geoffrey Scoones, due to poor intelligence, failed to pursue retreating Japanese troops from northeastern India, thinking that the Japanese might be planning a counterattack from Tamu and Bishenpur. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • USS Parche sank a Japanese patrol vessel with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • Alexander Novikov was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
  • Saburo Sakai mis-identified a group of 15 F6F Hellcat fighters as friendly, but he was able to escape from their attacks unscathed. ww2dbase [Saburo Sakai | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Flight Lieutenant David Hornell, on a routine patrol in a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Catalina aircraft, sighted a surfaced German U-Boat in the North Atlantic, but a hail of anti-aircraft fire came up to meet the Catalina as it made its bombing run. Although two large holes appeared in the starboard wing and oil was seen to be pouring from the burning starboard engine, Hornell managed to hold the blazing aircraft on course, and from low-level was able to straddle the enemy submarine with depth charges; which was then seen to thrust its bows abruptly into the air while the crew abandoned ship. The Catalina aircraft's engine tore itself away from the burning wing and Hornell needed all his skill to put the machine down on the heavy swell. Blazing furiously it began to sink immediately. The survivors had to wait 21 hours before they were picked up, by which time two men had already died of exposure and Hornell himself succumbed soon after being rescued. For his outstanding gallantry David Hornell would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Acting on intelligence intercepts, Hunter-Killer carrier USS Bogue attempted to intercept the meeting between German submarine U-530 and Japanese submarine I-52 in the mid-Atlantic as I-52 was transiting to Germany with 21,000kg of precious metals and other intelligence cargo. A TBM Avenger from Bogue located I-52 on the surface but not U-530. Launching Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedoes against the submarine, I-52 was sunk with all 109 aboard. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | TBF Avenger | I-52 | Bogue | Mark XXIV | DS]
China France Germany Hawaii Italy
  • Troops of British XIII Corps linked up with Indian troops of British X Corps in Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gothic Line | CPC]
Japan Mariana Islands
  • USS Bailey spent most of the early morning providing star-shell illumination of southern Saipan’s Nafutan Point in support of the US Army's 105th Infantry Regiment before shifting to a pre-invasion bombardment of Tinian. In the evening, Bailey departed the Saipan area as an escort of the convoy bound for Eniwetok. ww2dbase [Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot | Bailey | Saipan | DS]
Poland United Kingdom
  • During the morning, a V-1 flying bomb, shot down by a fighter, crashed on the Newlands Military Camp at Charing, near Ashford, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Forty-seven men were killed and twenty-eight seriously injured. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Charing, England | AC]
  • The British government issued a statement saying 756 people had died and 2,697 badly injured since the V-1 flying bomb assault started. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | England | HM]
  • 56 Squadron at RAF Newchurch in Kent, England, United Kingdom received its first Tempest aircraft and underwent intensive training on flying them. ww2dbase [Tempest | Newchurch, England | CPC]
  • Belgian pilot Flight Officer Joseph Brosteaux of No. 350 Squadron RAF had to make a forced landing after being hit by anti-aircraft fire over Sussex, the crash landing wrecked his Spitfire Vb aircraft but he was unhurt. ww2dbase [England | CPC]
United States
  • Composite Squadron VC-12 reported aboard escort carrier USS Card at Norfolk, Virginia with their compliment of TBF Avengers and FM-2 Wildcat aircraft. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
  • Composite Squadron 80 (VC-80) completed training and departed escort carrier USS Sargent Bay by air and returned to San Diego. Sargent Bay moored at San Diego. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | San Diego, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jun 1944
FM-2 Wildcat of USS White Plains, fly an escort mission, probably during air strikes on Japanese facilities on Rota Island, Marianas, 24 Jun 1944View of the town of Valognes, devastated by Allied bombing during the Cherbourg battle, 24 Jun 1944; note jeep PBM-3D Mariner aircraft of US Navy patrol squadron VP-216 being hoisted onto seaplane tender USS Chandeleur, anapag harbor, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 24 Jun 1944Crew and aviators of USS Bogue looking at bales of raw rubber recovered from the debris field after sinking Japanese submarine I-52 in the mid-Atlantic, 24 Jun 1944. Note the FM-2 Wildcat.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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