21 Aug 1944
  • USS Tang attacked a Japanese cargo ship with three torpedoes without success. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • With Kriegsmarine support, the Germans opened a coastal corridor to German Armeegruppe Nord, but Hitler refused to authorize their withdrawal. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • HMS Orchis (Lieutenant Commander B. Harris) was mined and beached off Juno beach, Normandy, France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Guitarro attacked a Japanese convoy off Luzon, Philippine Islands and sank cargo ship Uga Maru, hitting her with two of the four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • USS Ray damaged a Japanese transport in the Philippine Islands, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • French First Army enveloped Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Invasion of Southern France | Toulon Military Port | TH]
  • US Third Army reached Reims and Troyes southeast of Paris, France. ww2dbase [Liberation of Paris | TH]
  • James Johnson shot down two German Fw 190 fighters near Paris, France. ww2dbase [James Johnson | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Henry D. G. Crerar, commander of the 1st Canadian Army, sacked Major-General George Kitching, commander of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, as a recrimination for the accusation that II Canadian Corps had moved too slowly to close the Falaise Gap in France, thereby allowing some 20,000 to 50,000 enemy troops to escape encirclement. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | Henry Crerar | AC]
Hawaii Philippines
  • USS Harder assisted her wolfpack in the attack of a Japanese convoy off Palawan Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
  • Soviet 6th Guards Mechanized Corps separated German 6.Armee from the Romanian 3rd Army in northeastern Romania; as the Germans under Generaloberst Johannes Frie?ner fell back, Romanian troops began to refuse orders from German officers to engage the Soviets. ww2dbase [Jassy-Kishinev Offensive and Romania's Surrender | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Willesden in north-west London received its second V-1 flying bomb in two days, the latest impacting in College Road where 20 were killed and many injured another. 29 lives were lost and 58 hospitalized in Wharnecliffe Gardens, Marylebone in south-east London. The anti-aircraft battery in Dover had their best day, shooting down over 36 bombs over the sea and beaches. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
United States
  • The US 15th Army was activated at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, United States by a transfer of a group of personnel from the US 4th Army. No general officer was included in the transfer. Major General John P. Lucas was commanding general designate of the new 15th Army in addition to his other duties. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1944
General Charles de Gaulle talking with General Dwight Eisenhower during an inspection of US troops at EisenhowerUS Army Lieutenant General Omar Bradley travelling near his headquarters at Granville, France, 21 Aug 1944USS South Dakota in Puget Sound, Washington, United States, 21 Aug 1944, photo 1 of 4.USS South Dakota in Puget Sound, Washington, United States, 21 Aug 1944, photo 2 of 4.
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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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