18 Oct 1944
  • USS Cassin Young screened carriers of Task Force 38 east of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel was given a state funeral. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | TH]
  • Red Army units crossed the Norwegian border. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Allied troops captured Venray, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny escorted Hungarian leader Miklós Horthy to Schloss Hirschberg in Franken, Germany via a special train. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Three TDR drones were launched against lighthouse on Cape Saint George, New Ireland. None hit the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Dutch East Indies
  • Yamato's deck was 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. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Musashi's deck was 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. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Lingga to escort a task force to Brunei, Borneo in the Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 45 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 135 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Marcus Island launched aircarft against Japanese positions in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Portland entered Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands in preparation for pre-invasion bombardments. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 136 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Springer was commissioned into service with Commander Russell Kefauver in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Commander William Henry Ashford, Jr. was named the commanding officer of USS Sable. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
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, Württemberg, Germany, 18 Oct 1944Funeral procession of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Ulm, Germany, 18 Oct 1944Baltimore painted in MS33 / 16D camouflage off Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 Oct 1944
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18 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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