8 Aug 1944
  • German SS Lieutenant General Hans Kammler was named the Special Commissioner for the A-4 rocket program. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Winston Churchill, Alan Brooke, Louis Mountbatten, Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden, Oliver Lyttelton, and Albert Wedemeyer met in London, England, United Kingdom to discuss the future direction of war efforts in southeastern Asia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jacques Leroy was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Luce completed a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands and departed for San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Valiant was damaged at Trincomalee, Ceylon when the floating drydock in which she was docked suddenly collapsed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Howe arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German offensive at Mortain, France, Operation Lüttich, was called off after it suffered severe losses to armoured columns from Allied air attacks. Inaccuracy of the American bombing, however, would kill many Canadians, Polish and British ground troops and would wound Major General R. F. L. Keller, commanding officer of Canadian 3rd Infantry Division. Meanwhile, Canadian forces launched Operation Totalize to the south of Caen while the US 15th Army Corp occupied Le Mans, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, AC]
  • SS-Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann, the "ace of tank aces", was killed when his Tiger tank was knocked out leading an attack parallel to the main Caen-Falais Road in France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Preston arrived at Apra harbor, Guam. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 113 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 160 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Guitarro sank a small vessel off Luzon, Philippine Islands in the South China Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sterlet sank a Japanese transport in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with four of four torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet convoy BD-5 departed Arkhangelsk, Russia, escorted by 3 trawlers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1944
Large cruiser Alaska, photographed from the air, 8 Aug 1944US Maritime Service Lt (jg) Stanly Smith posing at war bond rally, Washington DC, with NatAfrican-American US Army Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. watching a Signal Corps crew erecting poles, France, 8 Aug 1944A Cromwell tank and jeep of 10 PSK, Polish 1st Armored Division passing an abandoned German PaK 43/41 gun during Operation Totalize, France, 8 Aug 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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