18 Oct 1944
  • USS Cassin Young screened carriers of Task Force 38 east of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel was given a state funeral. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Germany ordered the first Volkssturm call-up for all able-bodied men between the ages of 16-60. ww2dbase [TH]
  • National German radio reported 50,000 officers have been killed since Sep 1939. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Himmler was appointed as Commander of Heeresgruppe Oberrhein. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | TH]
  • Red Army units crossed the Norwegian border. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Allied troops captured Venray, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny escorted Hungarian leader MiklĂłs Horthy to Schloss Hirschberg in Franken, Germany via a special train. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas departed Hollandia, New Guinea escorting a convoy bound for Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer USS Shaw departed Ulithi bound for Hollandia (now Jayapura), New Guinea. ww2dbase [Shaw | Ulithi | DS]
Dutch East Indies
  • Yamato and Musashi's decks were painted black with soot for the intended night operation in the San Bernardino Strait before departing Lingga for Brunei Bay, Boreno in the Dutch East Indies. Destroyer Yukikaze, among other ships, provided escort. ww2dbase [Yamato | Yukikaze | Musashi | Lingga | CPC]
  • Marcel Albert, flying a Yak-3 fighter, shot down a Fw 190 aircraft over Stallupönen, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Nesterov, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia). ww2dbase [Marcel Albert | Stallupönen, Ostpreußen | CPC]
Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Kamoi took on a cargo of food while at Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan with Cruiser Division 21 and Destroyer Squadron 1. ww2dbase [Nachi | Amami Oshima, Kagoshima | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sterlet spotted a Japanese task force consisted of six destroyers and three cruisers; she failed to get into an attacking position. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 135 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | South China Sea | CPC]
  • As a screening destroyer of the 'Taffy 3' escort carrier task group, USS Hoel took station east of the Philippine island of Samar as part of the covering force for the upcoming landings at Leyte Gulf. ww2dbase [Hoel | Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | DS]
  • USS Marcus Island launched aircarft against Japanese positions in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 136 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • USS Portland entered Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands in preparation for pre-invasion bombardments. ww2dbase [Portland | Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Leyte | DS]
  • Task Group 77.2 consisting of battleships USS Tennessee, USS Maryland, USS West Virginia, and USS Mississippi with cruisers USS Honolulu, USS Portland, and USS Columbia arrived in Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [Honolulu | Walden Ainsworth | Leyte Gulf | DS]
United States
  • USS Springer was commissioned into service with Commander Russell Kefauver in command. ww2dbase [Springer | CPC]
  • Commander William Henry Ashford, Jr. was named the commanding officer of USS Sable. ww2dbase [Sable | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 18 Oct 1944
Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regiment firing artillery to support Allied ground movements, Bruyeres Sector, France, 18 Oct 1944German Army Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt speaking at the funeral of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, WĂŒrttemberg, Germany, 18 Oct 1944Funeral procession of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Ulm, Germany, 18 Oct 1944Battleship USS Massachusetts refueling in the Philippine Sea from the oiler USS Kaskaskia, 18 Oct 1944. Note Massachusetts’ starboard twin mount 5”/38 caliber guns at their full 85-degree elevation.
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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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