8 Nov 1944
  • The first Operation Gen mission featuring special attack Kaiten submarines was launched from Otsujima in Tokuyama Bay in southwestern Honshu, Japan. This mission was launched more than a month behind schedule. Submarines I-36, I-37, and I-47 eached carried four Kaiten submarines for this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US submarine Growler was lost, presumed sunk by Japanese escort vessels, whilst attacking a Japanese convoy west of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • For the first time, Hitler did not appear at the celebration of the Beer Hall Putsch anniversary; instead, he had Himmler read his speech for him. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • At 1419 hours, German radio revealed the on-going V-2 rocket campaign against Britain to the world for the first time. The message was picked up by the BBC in Britain shortly after. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • 25,000 Jews were forced to walk over 100 miles in rain and snow from Budapest, Hungary to the Austrian border, followed by a second forced march of 50,000 persons, ending at Mauthausen Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the Third Army of the US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Veere and Koudekerke in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten freed William Slim the responsibility in the Arakan region of Burma so he could focus on northern Burma. Additionally, Slim was also given the Indian 25th Division and the West African 2nd Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov and Lavrentiy Tsanava reported to Lavrentiy Beria that 1,200 Polish Home Army and other partisan troops were captured in Poland by this date. 1,030 of them were sent to the NKVD-run Ostashkov Special Camp in Tver Oblast, Russia by a special train on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe ace Major Walter Nowotny claimed his 258th victory as he shot down a B-24 Liberator bomber over Hesepe near Osnabrück, Germany. Moments later, his Me 262 jet fighter was hit by a US P-51 fighter, possibly the one piloted by 1st Lieutenant Richard Stevens. Nowotny's final words were reported to be "my god, I'm burning!" His subsequent crash and explosion was witnessed by his commanding officer Adolf Galland and other officers, who immediately rushed to the crash site; they failed to find Nowotny's remains, only able to locate broken pieces of the pilot's Knight's Cross medal. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
  • Adolf Galland monitored the progress of the operation "Big Blow" from the radio shack at Achmer Airfield, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US pilot 1st Lieutenant Warren Corwin, flying a P-51 fighter, shot down the Me 262 A-1a jet fighter flown by Oberleutnant Franz Schall; Schall survived the engagement by bailing out. Corwin's fellow pilot 1st Lieutenant James Kenney also shot down a Me 262 fighter, while 1st Lieutenant Ernest Fiebelkorn, Jr. and 1st Lieutenant Edward Haydon shared the credit for yet another Me 262 victory. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Oliver Leese arrived in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gunnel sank Japanese motor torpedo boat Sagi in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Barbero sank Japanese tanker Shimotsu Maru in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 11 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The second largest cinema in England, the Gaumont State Theatre in Holloway, north London, England, United Kingdom, was hit by a V-1 flying bomb. The cinema's frontage and restaurant were blown out, only the main walls and part of the foyer were left undamaged. However, the most serious incident of the day was at Rochester, North Kent, in which a V-1 flying bomb impacted at at 2045 hours on the junction of Grafton Avenue and Gerrard's Avenue, killing 8 and seriously wounding 17. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Photo(s) dated 8 Nov 1944
Shortly before taking off from Chôshi airstrip, Japan, Japanese Special Attack pilots Tetsuya Ueno, Koshiro Hayashi, Naoki Okagami, Takao Oi, and Toshio Yoshitake posing in front of a Ki-51 attack aircraft, 8 Nov 1944

8 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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