24 Aug 1944
  • Operation Goodwood III: British carrier aircraft (33 Barracuda dive bombers, 10 Hellcat fighters, 5 Corsair fighters, 29 other fighters) from HMS Indefatigable, Furious, and Formidable attacked German battleship Tirpitz, scoring 2 hits. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Aircraft of No. 466 Squadron RAAF conducted minelaying operations off of Helgoland, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Germans evacuated Bordeaux, France and took up fortified positions on the Gironde River outside the city. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Six members of a Liberator bomber crew shot down near Hanover, Germany were beaten to death by a mob of German civilians led by sisters Margarethe Witzler and Kathe Reinhardt. One of the victims, left for dead in the pile of battered bodies, survived to tell the tale. In Aug 1945, seven of the mob, including the sisters, were sentenced to hang by a US military commission. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Allied forces liberated Cannes in southern France. ww2dbase [Invasion of Southern France | AC]
  • Distrustful of the Army, Adolf Hitler ordered construction of a new Westwall under Nazi Party supervision. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kishinev, Moldova. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Pollack attacked a Japanese freighter with three torpedoes in the Pacific Ocean; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten arrived in Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at Tulagi, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Tulagi | CPC]
  • USS Columbia arrived in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Columbia | CPC]
  • In Burma, Major-General Frederick J. Loftus-Tottenham took command of the 81st (West African) Division in the Kaladan valley and found it seriously short of non-commissioned officers since no British reinforcements had arrived; he therefore resorted to promoting Africans, who proved to be entirely satisfactory. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Zang Xilan, flying a P-40N fighter, led 13 other P-40N fighters from Enshi Airfield in Hubei Province, China to strafe river traffic on the Yangtze River. He shot down two Japanese aircraft and destroyed several small boats. ww2dbase [Zang Xilan | Enshi, Hubei | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii Newfoundland
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Bogue | Argentia | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • Submarines USS Harder and USS Hake attacked two Japanese destroyers off Dasol Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands, but was in turn subjected to a heavy depth charge attack. USS Harder was sunk with all hands lost. ww2dbase [Harder | South China Sea | AC, CPC]
Romania United Kingdom
  • A heavy anti-aircraft gun position in Annerley Road, Penge, London, England, United Kingdom took a direct hit from a V-1 flying bomb, killing all 7 of the gun crew. The anti-aircraft guns along the coast had another good day thanks to their proximity fuzed shells taking account of over 65 flying bombs, many before they reached the mainland. The spectacle of seeing the bombs get hit and explode had become somewhat of a daily routine along the coast, many of the impact sites were visited by curious boys on their cycles before any home guard unit got to them. Parts of the bombs were being collected as trophies, a spark plug being the big prize. ww2dbase [VT Radio Proximity | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 24 Aug 1944
Concrete U-boat pens at Brest, France showing damage sustained after bombing attacks by the British Royal Air Force, Aug 1944United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation awarded to escort carrier USS Bogue and all of her escorts and air squadrons for performance in six specific sorties of Bogue’s task group from 20 Apr 1943 to 24 Aug 1944.Petrof Bay anchored in Tulagi Harbor, Solomon Islands, 24 Aug 1944Aerial photo for bomb damage assessment on the synthetic oil factory at Ruhland, Germany following an Operation Frantic bombing strike on 21 Jun 1944 (24 Aug 1944 photo).
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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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