8 Sep 1944
  • USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Austrialia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Moji, Japan, escorting Convoy HI-75 for Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Belgium, US First Army captured Liége and Canadian forces captured Ostend. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell rejected Chiang Kaishek and Patrick Hurley's recommendation to march on Bhamo, Buma, citing troop exhaustion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The third German V-2 rocket fired in anger became the first to successfully hit the intended target, hitting an area in the suburbs of Paris, France. The fourth and fifth rockets, aimed at London, England, United Kingdom, also found their targets. The fourth rocket fired at 1738 hours London time or 1838 hours German time landed in the Borough of Chiswick at 1843 hours London time; it landed on Staveley Road, collapsed three houses, killed 3 civilians and 1 off-duty Royal Engineers soldier, and made a crater 40 feet wide and between 10 and 20 feet deep. The fifth rocket landed 16 seconds later in Epping, which was 18 miles northeast of Whitehall and 20 miles from Chiswick; this rocket destroyed some wodden huts and made a crater 30 feet wide and 16 feet deep. The British government censored all these incidents in fear of potential demoralizing effects. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • RAF Bomber Command's last operation with the Short Stirling bomber was made by No. 148 Squadron against Le Havre, France. The Stirling bombers would then be relegated to troop-transport and glider tug missions only. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Former German intelligence officer Colonel Georg Hansen was executed at the Plötzensee Prison in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The German Air Ministry issued a requirement for a simple, lightweight, and easy to operate jet fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Bergall departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alexander Foote, an English spy working for the Soviet Lucy Ring, was released from imprisonment in Switzerland. By then, however, his usefulness to the Soviets was at an end. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Sep 1944
USS ABSD-1 with USS California in the dock, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, circa 8 Sep 1944Koch Karadzhev (foreground) and others welcoming the arrival of Soviet troops into Bulgaria, Sep 1944C-47 Skytrains of the 439th Troop Carrier Group preparing to transport the 82nd Airborne to Nijmegen for Operation Market Garden, Juvincourt, France, Sep 8-17 1944B-24 Liberators of the 425th Bomb Squadron destroying the Dai Giang Railroad Bridge in French Indo-China (now Vietnam), Sep 8 1944.
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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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