2 Nov 1944
  • Satoshi Inoguchi passed away. ww2dbase [Satoshi Inoguchi | CPC]
  • Canadian forces captured Zeebrugge, which was the last pocket of German occupation in Belgium. ww2dbase [Liberation of Belgium | TH]
  • Canadian 2nd Division withdrew from its Walcheren, the Netherlands bridgehead. Nearby, Allied troops captured Wissenkerke and Zoutelande. ww2dbase [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | TH]
  • All eligible German males were ordered to enlist in the Volkssturm under penalty of military court-martial. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Bombers of the No. 550 Squadron RAF attacked Düsseldorf, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • HMS Colsay was sunk by a German "Neger" human torpedo at Ostend, Belgium. ww2dbase [AC]
  • In accordance with Dwight Eisenhower's plan, Bernard Montgomery ordered a complete redeployment of his Army Group in Europe. First Canadian Army now assumed responsibility for the front from the sea to the Reichsward near Kleve in Germany, whilst Second British Army was ordered to clear the Germans west of the Maas River from the huge pocket between Venray and Roermond in the Netherlands, and then to take over the American front north of Geilenkirchen in Germany known as the Heinberg Salientl. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | AC]
  • British Army Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Captain (temporary Major) Robert Henry Cain was awarded the Victoria Cross for effectively using a PIAT anti-tank launcher against German tanks on multiple occasions between 19 and 25 Sep 1944 during the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [PIAT | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • East of Bermuda, escort carrier USS Card took heavy seas over the fantail that flooded several compartments and injured one sailor. Flooding was pumped out with no damage to the ship. ww2dbase [Card | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands for temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay arrived at Ulithi in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Ulithi | DS]
  • About 12 Me 163 rocket fighters of German Jagdgeschwader 400 fighter wing intercepted a group of US bombers escorted by P-51 fighters east of Leipzig, Germany. The Germans shot down two bombers, while the American fighters shot down four Me 163 rocket fighters; the four German pilots shot down were Oberfeldwebel Horst Rolly, Oberfeldwebel Herbert Straznicky, Oberfeldwebel Gunther Andreas, and Jacob Bollenrath (rank unknown). Bollenrath's fighter would be the final Me 163 downing by a P-51 fighter. ww2dbase [Me 163 Komet | Sachsen | CPC]
  • U-3016 was launched at the AG Weser yard of Deschimag in Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [U-3016 | Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG | Bremen, Weser-Ems | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against the synthetic oil facilities at Merseburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | RAF Thurleigh | Merseburg | DS]
Hungary Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Barbero sank Japanese transport Kuramasan Maru in the Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 2 of 9 torpedoes fired., ww2dbase [Barbero | Java Sea | CPC]
  • Nachi's repairs in the drydock at No. 103 Repair Facility at Cavite, Philippine Islands was completed. ww2dbase [Nachi | Cavite | CPC]
  • The US X Corps captured the coastal town of Carigara, Philippines at the head of the Leyte valley which would permit an advance on the port of Ormoc from two directions thereby cutting the Japanese reinforcement route. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Carigara, Leyte | AC]
  • Viktor Abakumov reported to Lavrentiy that up to 1 Nov 1944 his SMERSH personnel in Poland had arrested 499 persons, 82 of whom were already transferred to the Soviet Union while the remaining were detained at the Bialystok city prison in Poland. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-61 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • Kirill Meretskov was awarded his third Order of Lenin. ww2dbase [Kirill Meretskov | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Four German V-2 rockets hit London, England, United Kingdom on this date. One of them hit outside of a mental hospital at Banstead, killing 3 and seriously injuring 11. Another hit Deptford, killing 31. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | CPC]

2 Nov 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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