1 Nov 1944
  • Jinwei Wang passed away. ww2dbase [Wang Jingwei | CPC]
  • USS Blackfin sank Japanese cargo ship Unkai Maru #12. ww2dbase [Blackfin | CPC]
  • Commandos and Royal Marines landed on Walcheren Island in the Netherlands to aid clearing German troops from Scheldt Estuary, capturing the towns of Vlissingen and Westkapelle. ww2dbase [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | TH]
  • Lord Gort was appointed the High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine. ww2dbase [John Vereker | CPC]
  • The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Abner Read was sunk by a Japanese dive bomber attack in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Vice Admiral Denshichi Okawachi was named the commanding officer of the Southwest Area Fleet and the 3rd Southern Expeditionary Fleet; Rear Admiral Kaoru Arima was named his chief of staff. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked a five-ship Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ship Horai Maru No. 7 and damaging a small tanker; all 3 torpedoes fired in this attack found their targets. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • USAAF pilots 1st Lieutenant Walter Groce and 2nd Lieutenant William Gerbe, Jr., both flying P-47 fighters, shared credit for the downing of a German Me 262 jet fighter. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • USS Portland entered Ulithi Lagoon and became one of the screening vessels in the Fast Carrier Task Force. ww2dbase [Portland | Ulithi | DS]
China Germany Greece
  • British forces entered Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece. ww2dbase [Salonika | AC]
Hawaii Indian Ocean
  • USS Barbero attacked a Japanese patrol boat with her deck gun in the Dutch East Indies, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Barbero | CPC]
Italy
  • Italian Navy Xa MAS reported a strength of 7,615 men. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian "Folgore" parachute regiment was officially renamed "1° Reggimento Arditi Paracadutisti 'Folgore'", differing from the prior name by the preceding "1°". Lieutenant Colonel Edvino Dalmas renamed the regiment's commanding officer. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Nobukiyo Nambu arrived at the headquarters of the 6th Fleet at the Sasebo Submarine Base, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Nobukiyo Nambu | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
Marshall Islands Norway
  • Emden assisted the cruiser Köln, which had run aground on the Norwegian coast. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 11 torpedoes at a convoy in the South China Sea, claiming 2 hits on 2 transports. ww2dbase [Haddock | South China Sea | CPC]
Philippines
  • A battleship force on station at the northern entrance to Surigao Strait consisting of battleships USS Mississippi, California, and Pennsylvania screened by cruisers USS Phoenix, Boise, Nashville, and HMAS Shropshire along with destroyers Ammen, Bush, Leutze, Newcomb, Bennion, Heywood L. Edwards, Robinson, Richard P. Leary, Bryant, and Claxton came under an intense Japanese air attacking force that included special attack aircraft. USS Ammen sustained a glancing blow from a Yokosuka P1Y 'Francis' that caused considerable topside damage and killed 5 men. An Aichi D3A 'Val' crashed across Abner Read's main deck as it dropped a bomb down one the destroyer's stacks that exploded in the engine room. Abner Read jettisoned her torpedoes which immediately began their runs toward other ships in the group. Abner Read began sinking by the stern and 20 minutes after the attack, she rolled over and sank. 24 were killed. Meanwhile, Mississippi and Nashville had to take emergency evasive actions to avoid the torpedoes. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine | California | Mississippi | Pennsylvania | Leutze | Nashville | Phoenix | Boise | Leyte Gulf | DS]
Poland Puerto Rico United Kingdom
  • A German V-2 rocket hit Eglington Road in Woolwich, London, England, United Kingdom at 0210 hours, killing 7 people. At 0510 hours, another rocket hit Friern Road in Camberwell, London, killing 24 and injuring 17. A third rocket hit Shardeloes Road in Deptford, London at 1830 hours, killing 31, seriously injuring 62, and lightly injuring 90. Two other rockets hit London that day, though causing little damage. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | London, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1944
A Royal Air Force pilot explaining the sighting mechanism of a Spitfire fighter to Former Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes, Darwin, Australia, 1 Nov 1944Lord Gort taking his position as the High Commission of the British Mandate of Palestine, 1 Nov 1944United States Navy diagram of the damage inflicted upon Fletcher-class destroyer USS Abner Read following a special attack by a Japanese airplane in Leyte Gulf, Philippines on 1 Nov 1944 that sank the ship.Cruiser USS Houston moored alongside repair ship USS Hector in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 1 Nov 1944. Houston was getting repairs after two torpedo hits on 14 and 16 Oct 1944 off Formosa (Taiwan).
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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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