18 Aug 1944
  • USS Gabilan completed her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked a Japanese convoy and sank Japanese tanker Nansei Maru (hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired) and transport Taketoyo Maru (hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired) north of the Balabac Strait in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Seventh Army retreated across Orne River in France, leaving 18,000 men behind to be captured. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In southern France, Germans began evacuating from areas of Spanish border and Bay of Biscay. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Air Marshal Sir Frederick Bowhill was appointed the Commander-in-Chief of RAF Coastal Command. ww2dbase [AC]
France
  • Foch's wreck was sunk at the mouth of Toulon harbor, France as a blockship. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Marblehead arrived at Corsica, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Sargent Bay departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii to deliver aircraft to Eniwetok and Manus. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Night Attack and Combat Training Unit commissioned, Capt JH Griffin, commanding. On this date it was composed of 21 F6F's, 10 TBM's, 4 F4U's, 2 SB2C's, and 1 SNV. Compliment: 11 officers and 24 men. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 139 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese transport with her deck gun in the South China Sea, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Soviet forces captured Sandomierz, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Singapore United Kingdom
  • A V-1 bomb blew up and destroyed the railway bridge over Oak Lane in Newington, Kent, England, United Kingdom. This happened as an express train was approaching. The locomotive and tender jumped the gap, but the first two carriages crashed onto the road. Seven passengers and a railway worker who had run to the bridge for shelter were killed. Two days later the bridge was repaired, and traffic was as normal. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
  • Flight Lieutenant Brian Williams of 605 Squadron RAF flying his Mosquito VI fighter from RAF Manston brought down 2 V-1 flying bombs on his patrol bringing his total to 5 in just two weeks of action. A typically economic report entered by pilots on patrol was written by Flight Lieutenant K. A. Roediger of 456 squadron RAAF: "23.24hrs attacked Diver astern, height 1,200ft, speed 360 mph fired at range of 1,200 feet. Target dived straight in and exploded on ground." ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Photo(s) dated 18 Aug 1944
Russian Army Captain Orset Chevstov receiving a painting from African-American merchant seaman and artist George Wright, 18 Aug 1944; note painting theme of Russo-American cooperation

18 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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Thomas Dodd, late 1945