24 Oct 1944
  • Japanese freighter Arisan Maru, carrying 1,782 Allied prisoners of war, was sunk by an American submarine. Only 9 POWs survived the sinking. ww2dbase [Arisan Maru | CPC]
  • Shoji Nishimura passed away. ww2dbase [Shoji Nishimura | CPC]
  • Toshihira Inoguchi passed away. ww2dbase [Toshihira Inoguchi | CPC]
  • USS Croaker attacked a Japanese convoy; firing a total of 13 torpedoes, 6 of them made contact, damaging two ships and sinking one freighter. ww2dbase [Croaker | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Alfred Veith of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Winston Churchill informed Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese that he had been appointed as the new Commander of 11th Army Group. ww2dbase [Oliver Leese | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Two new Stafflen (squadrons) were now introduced into operations with German Air Force III/KG3, with the group having bourne the brunt of the past weeks' action. Two of the new Heinkel bombers were shot down on their first night. Flight Lieutenant Desmond Tull DFC, flying a Beaufighter aircraft of the Fighter Interception Unit (FIU) shot down the first 60 miles east of Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom; this was Tull's 9th victory. The other was attacked by Flight Officer Bill Beadle (HK310/VA-J) of 125 Squadron; the German pilot nursed his badly damaged aircraft back with a dead crewman; the aircraft was a total loss after catching fire on the runway. ww2dbase [HM]
  • USS Tang attacked an escorted Japanese convoy in the Taiwan Strait off the island of Niushandao, China, sinking five transports and tankers and one destroyer; among the sunken were, Kogen Maru and Matsumoto Maru. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • Japanese battleship Musashi was lost in the Battle of Sibuyan Sea to overwhelming American air power. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Musashi | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Coron, Palawan, Philippine Islands. At 0427, she fired eight torpedoes at a radar target in Surigao Strait, scoring no hits. Two minutes later, she collided with cruiser Mogami, forcing the force to retire. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1944
Princeton burning after Japanese attack off Leyte, 24 Oct 1944, 1 of 4Princeton burning after Japanese attack off Leyte, 24 Oct 1944, 2 of 4Princeton burning after Japanese attack off Leyte, 24 Oct 1944, 3 of 4Princeton burning after Japanese attack off Leyte, 24 Oct 1944, 4 of 4
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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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