4 Nov 1944
  • Field Marshall Sir John Dill, the senior British representative on the Combined Chiefs of Staff, died from an illness at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC, United States. He was subsequently buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [John Dill | AC]
  • Bombers of the No. 550 Squadron RAF attacked Bochum, Germany. Airman John Riley Bryne noted in his diary that "the target was a blazing inferno". ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro and USS Bream shared the credit for the sinking of Japanese cargo ship Kagu Maru off Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • USS Ray spotted Japanese cargo ship Kagu Maru, already burning from an attack by USS Bream, in the Philippine Islands; Ray fired two torpedoes at Kagu Maru, hitting her with one of them, blowing off her bow and sinking her. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Japan
  • Kamoi departed Kobe, Japan at 0928 hours and arrived at Osaka at 1058 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
Philippines United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the golf course at Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom without causing any injuries. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | CPC]
  • Another mini-blitz of V-1 flying bombs started in the evening after some quiet days. 17 Heinkel bombers of III/KG3 started the assault; during the next seven nights, 12 of the Heinkels failed to return, half falling to the night fighters. A Beaufighter aircraft of the Fighter Interception Development Squadron (FIDS) from RAF Coltishall, flown by Squadron Leader P. J. Howard-Williams brought down one and as he was heading for home picked up another on his radar and shot it down. The evening proved disastrous for the crews of II/KG53, of the 14 aircraft that left Varrelbusch, 5 failed to return and another crashed upon landing. Six aircraft totally lost along with 23 aircrew. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | England | HM]
  • German V-2 rocket hit the golf course at Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom without causing any injuries. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | London, England | CPC]
United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card detached her escorts to proceed to New York and disembarked Composite Squadron VC-8 to fly to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Card arrived at Norfolk Naval Operating base, Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 4 Nov 1944
African-American US Navy sailors STM1/c Thomas L. Crenshaw (looking at photos) and his bunkmate (writing letter) aboard USS Ticonderoga, off Philippine Islands, 4 Nov 1944Enlisted crewmen of carrier Ticonderoga being briefed in their ready room prior to an air strike on Manila Bay, Philippine Islands in the following morning, 4 Nov 1944US Army anti-tank infantry searching for the position of a German machine gun that had fired on their vehicle, the Netherlands, 4 Nov 1944

4 Nov 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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