17 Aug 1944
  • USS Sargent Bay joined US Navy 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | CPC]
  • USS Croaker sank two Japanese oilers with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Croaker | CPC]
  • Walter Model was appointed the commanding officer of the German Army Group B (Heeresgruppe B), replacing Günther von Kluge. ww2dbase [Walter Model | CPC]
  • Remnants of Vichy government fled for Germany as French Resistance began taking Parisian strongpoints. Pétain and his staff were interned by Hitler, while Laval's government resigned. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Canadian troops captured Falaise, France, and the German troops in the region began to be threatened with being surrounded. Montgomery ordered troops to move to seal the pocket. Meanwhile, US forces captured Chartres, Orleans, and Chateaudun. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • British 14th Brigade, 3rd West African Brigade, and elements of the British 36th Infantry Division received orders to withdraw from northern Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Third commanding officer, Capt Erl CB Gould USNR assumed command of station. Sixteen aircraft (Model F6F), 33 officers and 24 men of Night Fighting Squadron 103 (VF(N)-103) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish and USS Puffer sank a Japanese oiler off of Mindoro, Philippine Islands; USS Bluefish hit her with 1 of 1 torpedo fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | CPC]
  • Ion Antonescu signed an armistice with the anti-German opposition in Romania; this was viewed as an act of betrayal by the Germans. ww2dbase [Ion Antonescu | CPC]
  • Kamoi took on a cargo of coal at Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Nicholas Winton was promoted to the brevet rank of pilot officer. ww2dbase [Nicholas Winton | CPC]
  • Anti-aircraft gunners at Folkestone, Kent, England, United Kingdom brought down 27 flying bombs during the day, all landing in the sea close to the beaches. The batteries at nearby Hythe accounted for a further 16. As usual the number of bombs being launched meant that some got through to the London area. One bomb landed only yards from where one exploded four days earlier killing another 3 residents. The worst incident was at Rotherhithe Street in Bermondsey where 17 were killed and more than 60 injured. Later in the afternoon 16 residents of Mossbury Road in Lavender Hill south London were killed. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States and began a two-month overhaul. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Photo(s) dated 17 Aug 1944
Canadian soldiers at the Falaise, France town entrance, 17 Aug 1944Ammunition dump explosion in Cherbourg harbor, France, 17 Aug 1944

17 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

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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