8 Oct 1944
  • Czechoslovakian 1st Armored Brigade was deployed to the British 2nd Army in France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Elements of US Ninth Army reached Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The US Navy canceled Project Pigeon/Project Orcon, which was University of Minnesota professor B. F. Skinner's attempt to design missiles piloted by pigeons. He complained that, even if the project was a success, people would not take this project seriously. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Guitarro departed Frementle, Australia for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • A Ta 152H prototype aircraft with a Jumo 213E engine crashed. ww2dbase [Ta 152 | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Unryu departed Yashiro-jima, Japan and arrived at Yashima, Kagawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Unryu | Yashima, Kagawa | CPC]
  • Shinano was launched at Yokosuka, Japan. During the launch, one of the caissons at the end of the dock lifted unexpectedly, causing her to move forward, damaging the bow. ww2dbase [Yokosuka Naval Arsenal | Shinano | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Hoe fired 17 torpedoes at a Japanese convoy, scoring 5 hits, sinking troop transport Kohoku Maru and damaging 3 other ships including corvette Kaibokan No. 8 in the South China Sea. ww2dbase [Hoe | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Becuna damaged Japanese tanker Kimikawa Maru in the South China Sea with two of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Becuna | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Wasp refueled from an oiler in the Philippine Sea. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Philippine Sea | CPC]
  • Kamoi and the rest of her convoy received faulty intelligence that US submarines were no longer threatening the sea route to Takao, Taiwan, and the convoy set course to that original destination. ww2dbase [Kamoi | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Bulgarian troops engaged German troops at Bela Palanka, Yugoslavia. Elsewhere in Yugoslavia, Yugoslavian troops captured two German bridgeheads on the Morawa River near Velika Plana and Palanka. ww2dbase [Belgrade Strategic Offensive Operation | Serbia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Oct 1944
USS North Carolina and a destroyer-minelayer underway, 8 Oct 1944

8 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

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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