8 Sep 1944
  • In Belgium, US First Army captured Li√©ge and Canadian forces captured Ostend. ww2dbase [Liberation of Belgium | TH]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Moji, Japan, escorting Convoy HI-75 for Singapore. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Austrialia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland exercised with HM Battleship Howe, HMS London and HMS Gambia. ww2dbase [Howe | Cumberland | London | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Palau | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell rejected Chiang Kaishek and Patrick Hurley's recommendation to march on Bhamo, Buma, citing troop exhaustion. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | 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 [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | Paris | 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 [Stirling | Le Havre, Haute-Normandie | AC]
  • Former German intelligence officer Colonel Georg Hansen was executed at the Pl√∂tzensee Prison in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
  • The German Air Ministry issued a requirement for a simple, lightweight, and easy to operate jet fighter. ww2dbase [He 162 Volksj√§ger | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against the chemical plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Ludwigshafen | DS]
  • USS Bergall departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Bergall | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | 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 1944General Brian Horrocks of British XXX Corps, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands discuss the upcoming Operation Market Garden at Montgomery’s headquarters in France, 8 Sep 1944.Pass issued to Claire Ayako Harada allowing her to leave the Manzanar Relocation Center for deported Japanese-Americans indefinitely to look for work, 8 Sep 1944.Japanese bomber crew preparing bombs before a mission in Hunan Province, China, 8 Sep 1944; bomb on right of photo noted
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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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