30 Oct 1944
  • USS Franklin was struck by a special attack aircraft, causing serious damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro made rendezvous with submarines USS Bream and USS Raton. After sundown, the wolfpack began attacking a Japanese convoy off Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Tholen and Goes in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • During an audience with Navy Minister Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, Emperor Showa noted "It is truly regrettable that it should be necessary to go to this extreme, but they have done well", referring to the suicide tokko attacks on American naval vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Squadron Leader Bill Gill of 124 squadron RAF shot down a Heinkel bomber (A1+BM0 of 4/KG53) in which Fe Theodor Warwas and his crew were killed. Gill claimed another as a probable kill but it was later entered as damaged. Gill reported that after his ammunition ran out he followed the enemy aircraft into cloud and noticed that the Heinkel aircraft's port engine had stopped and that there was no fire from the gunner. ww2dbase [HM]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German SS-General Hermann Höfle and leader of the Slovakian government Jozef Tiso jointly announced the victory over the uprising at Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German counterattack near Debrecen, Hungary was called off, with the Germans claiming 25,000 enemy troops killed and 600 tanks destroyed; Soviet forces responded by starting their own offensive in the region. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British 8th Army reached Forlì, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Unryu arrived at Kure, Japan and became the flagship of Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa's Mobile Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Sasebo, Japan, escorting carrier Junyo and cruiser Kiso for the Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 114 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island departed the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Two BQ-7 drones were launched against targets in Germany. One crashed into the sea, and the other crashed in Sweden. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the Royal Victoria Dock at Earlham Grove, West Ham, London, England, United Kingdom at 1200 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1944
German prisoners marching along Joseph-von-Görres-Straße, Aachen, Germany, circa late Oct 1944Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note MugfordCruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944
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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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