14 Nov 1944
  • General De Lattres's Free French troops launched a snow-bound attack against Belfort, France. To the north, US 95th Division started capturing forts around Metz, France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British troops attacked Andelse Maas, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American and Chinese troops began the main attack on the Burmese town of Bhamo. ww2dbase [Battle of Bhamo | CPC]
  • Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory died in an air crash; his body was not found until 4 Jun 1945. ww2dbase [Trafford Leigh-Mallory | AC]
  • USS Pintado set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands, escorting the damaged submarine USS Halibut. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack sank a small Japanese vessel in the Kurile Islands with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked a three-ship Japanese convoy in the Philippine Islands with a spread of 6 torpedoes; one hit a transport and another hit escort vessel. She claimed that both were sunk. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman was assigned to No. 436 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Frederick Aikman | CPC]
  • President Franklin Roosevelt sent a letter to Vannevar Bush asking for comments on four specific points: how to declassify and publicize the scientific advancements achieved under Bush during the war; how to bring the sciences together to fight diseases as they had in developing weapons; how can government assist in creating scientific development; and how can new scientific talent be developed in American youth. ww2dbase [Vannevar Bush | Franklin Roosevelt | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • Battleship USS Maryland with cruisers USS St. Louis and USS Columbia and destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Taylor, USS Lang, USS McCord, USS Trathen, USS Hazelwood, and USS MacDonough departed Kossol Roads, Palau bound for Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Maryland | Columbia | Nicholas | Kossol Roads, Palau | DS]
  • Horst Wessel and Albert Leo Schlageter sailed in rough waters near RĂ¼gen, Germany. Albert Leo Schlageter struck a mine, damaging its starboard bow. Horst Wessel took Albert Leo Schlageter in a stern tow to prevent Albert Leo Schlageter from sinking. ww2dbase [Horst Wessel | RĂ¼gen, Pommern | CPC]
  • USS Spot arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Spot | Pearl Harbor Navy Base and Ford Island Naval Air Station | Pearl Harbor, Oahu | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Nine PBY's of Headquarters Squadron Fleet Air Wing 2 (HEDRON FAW-2) on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • United States Coast Guard personnel witnessed a paper Japanese Fu-Go balloon descend into the sea 5 miles off Kailua, Hawaii. The envelope, the rigging, and some apparatus were recovered. This was the farthest south any Fu-Go balloon was known to have been aloft. ww2dbase [Kailua, Oahu | DS]
  • United States Coast Guard personnel witnessed a paper Japanese Fu-Go balloon descend into the sea 5 miles off Kailua, Hawaii. The envelope, the rigging, and some apparatus were recovered. This was the farthest south any Fu-Go balloon was known to have been aloft. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | Kailua, Oahu | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Archerfish was ordered to perform lifeguard duties for a planned Tokyo, Japan bombing raid on the following day. ww2dbase [Archerfish | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Manila and surrounding targets on Luzon, Philippine Islands; 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
  • Lavrentiy Beria reported to Joseph Stalin that the arrest of Polish Home Army and other partisan fighters was nearly complete, and Viktor Abakumov and Lavrentiy Tsanava should be released from this task. This would be approved by Stalin shortly after. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Mosquito aircraft HK289/WM-K of 68 Squadron took off from RAF Coltishall in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom at 1805 hours flown by one of the unit's American crews, Lieutenants Joe Black from Virginia and Tom Aiken from Pennsylvania both USN Reserve officers. The crew advised that they had a contact on their radar and were in pursuit. At 1909 hours, a V-1 flying bomb passed over the batteries at the village of Hopton, behind it was Black's Mosquito aircraft. The briefing to pilots in such situation was to lose speed and height and to circle at asset distance from the coast with navigation lights on. It was supposed that Black was so focused on the pursuit that they failed to notice they were in the batteries' area. Proximity shells burst all around the aircraft which crashed on Decoy Farm, Blundeston, Suffolk killing the Americans. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | Blundeston, England | HM]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort's appointment to lead the Pacific Strategic Intelligence Section of the US Navy was made official. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Nov 1944
US Army Sergeant Joseph H. Kadlec delivering Christmas packages sent from home, Zweifall near Aachen, Germany, 14 Nov 1944Strike photo of the Manila docks at the height of the attack, 14 Nov 1944, Manila, Luzon, Philippines. Photo taken by aircraft from USS Essex.Bomb bay camera in a TBF-1 Avenger from USS Essex captures the moment of bomb release over the Pasig River in downtown Manila, Luzon, Philippines, 14 Nov 1944. Attack was on the dock area 2,000 yards further ahead.

14 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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