14 Jul 1944
  • Pinsk, Byelorussia was captured by the Soviet forces. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • British rescue tug HMS Turmoil was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Submarine HMS Selene was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer HMS Wrangler was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The minesweeping of the western section of Cherbourg harbour in France was completed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German SS member Heinrich Boere took part in Operation Silbertanne during which 54 civilians were killed in retaliation for the assassination of Dutch Nazi leaders by Dutch resistance fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of German submarine U-2334 was laid down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of German submarine U-3506 was laid down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet ambassador to Sweden Alexandra Kollontai announced that the Soviet Union was interested in peace discussions with Finland without any mention of the unconditional surrender that the Soviets had previously demanded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US bombers attacked the oil refineries at Budapest and Petfurdo, Hungary and the rail marshaling yard at Mantua, Italy, while in Italy US fighters and fighter-bombers attacked trains north of La Spazia and the airfield at Ghedi. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Nautilus delivered two men and 30 tons of supplies at Lagoma, Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Nautilus | CPC]
  • The Japanese government announced the conscription of females between the ages of 12 and 40 for war-related work. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In the Mariana Islands, US Seventh Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt fighters based on Saipan again struck Tinian Island. At Guam, US battleships joined in on the pre-invasion bombardment while transport USS Dickerson delivered US Navy underwater demolition specialists to survey landing beaches on the island. ww2dbase [Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS William C. Miller sank Japanese submarine I-6 off Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Corvette HMCS Petrolia was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-415 struck a mine and sank off Brest, France at 0915 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of destroyer Gurke was laid down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Claus von Stauffenberg was summoned to see Adolf Hitler in Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany on the following day. ww2dbase [Claus von Stauffenberg | CPC]
  • In northern Burma, the Morris Force of the Chindits was now down to three platoons in strength. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • USS Puffer departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • From the North Sea, British carrier task force under Admiral Moore unsuccessfully attacked German battleship Tirpitz in Kaafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | North Sea | CPC]
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group transited the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola and entered the Caribbean Sea. ww2dbase [Card | Mona Passage, Caribbean Sea | DS]
  • The US Eighth Air Force based in Britain flew several missions over France, with 319 B-17 bombers dropping 3,700 containers to supply Allied forces fighting in southern France, 131 B-24 bombers attacking Montdidier and Peronne airfields, and 94 P-38 fighter-bombers attacking targets near Paris (1 P-38 aircraft lost). Meanwhile, other Allied aircraft attacked targets in the French railway system in or near Bourth, Merey, Periers, Chateaudun, and other locations; some of these attacks were conducted using Oboe, a British aerial blind bombing targeting technology. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | CPC]
  • Prisoners in the Sant√© prison in Paris, France revolted, starting a fire in the prison compound. ww2dbase [Paris | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Iwo Jima, Chichi Jima, and Haha Jima were the targets of land-based aircraft for the first time as US Navy Bombing Squadron 109 PB4Y Liberator bombers based at Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands dropped bombed on their airfields. In the United States, USAAF chief General Hap Arnold warned the Joint Planning Staff about the new Japanese Ki-84 fighters. As a precaution, he recommended seizing Iwo Jima to provide emergency airfields for bombers that might be damaged by new Japanese fighters such as the Ki-84. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Iwo Jima | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama, flagship of Rear Admiral E. W. Hanson, departed Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Eniwetok | CPC]
  • USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis departed Eniwetok, Marshall Islands bound for the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Honolulu | Eniwetok | DS]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Eniwetok | DS]
Romania United Kingdom
  • Heinkel aircraft of III/KG3 flew 23 sorties to launch V-1 bombs against Southampton, England, United Kingdom during the night. Most missed the City or were shot down but night fighters. However, one came down on Newcomen Road in Portsmouth killing 15 and another killed all members of a family that had fled London and were staying with friends in the small village of Goodworth Clatford. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | Portsmouth, England | HM]
United States
  • US Army ship FS-390 was commissioned into service at Los Angeles, California, United States under the command of US Coast Guard Lieutenant G. E. Oliver. ww2dbase [Los Angeles, California | CPC]
  • The last of 489 Liberty-ships built at the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, the Benjamin Warner, was delivered to the Navy after 18 days on the ways and 13 days on the water being fitted out. ww2dbase [Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Liberty-class | Richmond, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 14 Jul 1944
New Mexico firing her after 14in guns at Guam, Mariana Islands, circa 14-20 Jul 1944Newly-minted Japanese-American officers of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team, SantHMS Howe transiting the Suez Canal, Egypt, 14 Jul 1944, photo 1 of 2HMS Howe transiting the Suez Canal, Egypt, 14 Jul 1944, photo 2 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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