11 Sep 1944
  • Scottish 15th Division crossed into the Netherlands near Antwerp, Belgium. ww2dbase [Liberation of Belgium | TH]
  • US Third Army reached German border near Trier, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Finback attacked a Japanese convoy in the Western Pacific, sinking a tanker and a transport, hitting them with 3 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • A BQ-7 drone was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea. ww2dbase [Operation Aphrodite and Operation Anvil | CPC]
  • Nationalist Chinese Wu Zhongxin replaced warlord Sheng Shicai as the governor of Xinjiang Province, China. ww2dbase [Xinjiang Wars | Urumqi, Xinjiang | CPC]
  • French 1st Division captured Dijon, France. ww2dbase [Dijon, Bourgogne | TH]
  • The two companies that the US 7th Armoured Division had managed to get across the Moselle River in France abandoned their positions after a fierce counterattack by German SS troops which began on the previous date. The loss was not too serious as a better crossing had been established further south at Arnaville, but even there bridging operations were still hampered by artillery fire from Fort Driant. ww2dbase [Lorraine | AC]
  • Carl Spaatz ordered large raids on German synthetic oil plants, dispatching 1,136 aircraft; the German Luftwaffe lost heavily in air battles. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | AC]
  • 36 B-17 bombers of 100th Bomber Group of US 8th Air Force, en route to attack the Schwarzheide synthetic fuel factory in eastern Germany, were intercepted by 60 Fw 190A and Bf 109 fighters of German Jagdgeschwader 4. In the first attack wave, 14 US bombers were shot down uncontested by American fighter escort, which had not yet arrived. In the second attack wave, US fighters were able to shoot down 32 German fighters (29 pilots killed). The air battle took place roughly over the village of Oberwiesenthal in southern Germany. Surviving bombers were able to drop 53 tons of bombs on the Schwarzheide synthetic fuel factory. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Oberwiesenthal, Sachsen | CPC]
  • Noor Inayat Khan was transferred to Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany. ww2dbase [Dachau Concentration Camp | Noor Inayat Khan | Dachau, M√ľnchen-Oberbayern | CPC]
  • 75 B-17s of Operation Frantic shuttle missions left England as part of a larger raid to oil refineries at Chemnitz along with 64 P-51s that continued on and landed in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Operation Frantic | P-51 Mustang | B-17 Flying Fortress | Chemnitz | DS]
  • German troops under Friedrich Schubert and Greek para-military fighters under Georgios Poulos murdered 120 civilians in the city of Giannitsa, Greece in the name of an anti-communist operation. ww2dbase [Georgios Poulos | Giannitsa, Kentrik√≠ Makedon√≠a | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • While conducting flight training in Hawaiian waters south of Oahu, an F6F Hellcat landed aboard USS Ranger but the pilot mistook a taxi signal for a take-off signal and powered forward into parked aircraft. Three aircraft were damaged, two flight deck sailors were killed, and one was injured. ww2dbase [Ranger | DS]
  • Bulgarian communist leader Georgi Dimitrov ordered, from Moscow in Russia, the creation of the People's Court to try Bulgarian leaders responsible for Bulgarian involvement in the European War on the side of the Germans. ww2dbase [Bulgaria Switched Sides | Moscow | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Sep 1944
A La-5FN aircraft being serviced on an airfield, Ukraine, 11 Sep 1944Alaska underway, 11 Sep 1944B-24J of the 38th Bomb Squadron ‚ÄúThe Chambermaid‚ÄĚ managed to return to Saipan after being heavily damaged over Iwo Jima 11 Sep 1944. All crewmembers survived but all received the Purple Heart.MGen Leonard Gerow presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to 1st Lt William J Kehaly of San Francisco, California on 11 Sep 1944 for Lt Kehaly‚Äôs actions on D-Day, 6 Jun 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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