24 Sep 1944
  • British Second Army reached the Rhine River, while the Germans sealed off US Third Army's bridgeheads across the Moselle River, south of Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Soviet minesweeper T.120 (formerly the USS Assail) was sunk by the German submarine U-739 in the Kara Sea in the Arctic Circle. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-19 was lost after striking a Japeanese mine southeast of Angaur, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Becuna fired three torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
Hawaii Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 146 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • The STAVKA ordered the Soviet First Baltic Front to halt on the advance to Riga, Latvia, leaving the job to the Second Baltic Front and Third Baltic Front, and instead march toward Memel (now Klaipeda, Lithuania). ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | Riga | TH, CPC]
  • British troops captured Deurne, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Operation Market Garden | Deurne | TH]
  • Dennis Smith was wounded while taking photographs on the front lines. ww2dbase [Operation Market Garden | Dennis Smith | CPC]
  • Two German Heinkel bombers of 7/KG3 were shot down over the Netherlands; the Staffelkapitän, Oberleutnant GĂĽnther Bönet, and his crew were those killed in the second aircraft brought down. Hauptmann Josef Dengg then took command of 7 Staffel. ww2dbase [HM]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the central area of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • Irako was attacked by US carrier aircraft and sank in Coron Bay, Busuanga, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | Busuanga, Palawan | CPC]
  • Kamoi received damage from an aircraft of US Task Force 38 in a sound between off Lusong island, Palawan, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Palawan | CPC]
  • The Soviet GKO issued an order to increase food rations of NKVD, NKGB, and SMERSH operatives and officers. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A wayward British Lancaster bomber returning from a bombing raid had a close escape when multiple Mosquito aircraft were vectored into the area, the night fighters only recognised the ailing British bomber as it came out of cloud and into the moonlight. These Mosquito aircraft were then themselves buzzed and attacked by others failing to hear that there were other patrols being sent to the area. ww2dbase [HM]
  • US Ambassador to the United Kingdom John Winant met with US Army Air Forces generals Carl Spaatz and Ira Eaker to discuss the possibility of conducting another major supply drop for resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland. They concluded that similar missions should not be conducted due to the closure of US bases in the Soviet Union (the closure was planned for 5 Oct 1944), the shortening of daylight hours, and the rate of aircraft loss. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | John Winant | Ira Eaker | Carl Spaatz | Operation Frantic | England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1944
USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 3USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 2 of 3USS Spot underway in the Pacific Ocean, 24 Sep 1944, photo 3 of 3USS North Carolina anchored off Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States, 24 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 3
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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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