19 Oct 1944
  • Feldmarschal Model called off the attempts to relieve Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [Walter Model | TH]
  • German 4.Armee withdrew from around Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Franklin launched an attack on the Japanese on Manila Bay, Philippine Islands sinking several ships and downing 11 aircraft. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • A state funeral was held in Budapest, Hungary for the 26 Hungarian and German personnel killed during the kidnapping of Mikl√≥s Horthy, Jr. four days prior. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt relieved Joseph Stilwell from all commands in China and recalled him to the United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • HMS CUMBERLAND under unsuccessful attack by torpedo carrying aircraft. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Two TDR drones were launched against Japanese gun positions west of Ballale Island south of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. One missed its target, the other dropped two of its four 100-pound bombs on the target before it crashed. ww2dbase [TDR | Bougainville | DS]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the complete and total destruction of the city of Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | TH]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale set sale for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
Philippines
  • Takijiro Onishi met with the senior staff officers of Japanese 201st Kokutai at Mabalacat airfield north of Manila, Philippine Islands, and asked for volunteers to form a special attack unit. ww2dbase [Takijiro Onishi | Mabalacat, Pampanga | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Luzon, Philippine Islands; Manila was attacked by US aircraft for the first time. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USS Portland shells the east side of Leyte Island, Philippines in advance of the landings to take place the following day. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Portland | Dulag, Leyte | DS]
Yugoslavia Photo(s) dated 19 Oct 1944
Damaged tail plane of an F6F-5 Hellcat of Fighting Squadron VF-20 on the hangar deck of USS Enterprise off the Philippines, 19 Oct 1944. Note the solid castor type tail wheel necessary for carrier operations.

19 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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