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8 Jan 1944
  • In Castel Vecchio in Italy, the trial began for Count Ciano and 18 other Fascists Mussolini held responsible for his downfall. ww2dbase [Galeazzo Ciano | TH]
  • Red Army troops captured Kirovograd, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 23 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Frankfurt, Solingen, Aachen, and Dortmund in Germany; 2 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • General Sir Henry Wilson replaced General Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean Theater. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for armed merchant cruiser Kiyosumi Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands with damaged transport Kiyozumi Maru in tow. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • A Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) team crossed the frozen Yellow River in Ningxia Province, China; they were headed toward Xamba, Suiyuan Province to establish the weather station Camp Four. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Italy New Hebrides
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 arrived at Turtle Bay fighter strip, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-55B arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
United States
  • The first XP-80A prototype jet aircraft "Lulu-Belle" took its first flight with test pilot Milo Burcham in the cockpit. ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1944
LST-68 at Oro Bay, New Guinea, with US Marine casualties returning from Cape Gloucester, New Britain being assisted into WC54 ambulances, 8 Jan 1944Admiral William Halsey and Vice Admiral John McCain enjoying a lighter moment at an Army and Navy conference in Los Angeles, California, United States, 8 Jan 1944. Note Halsey’s “Aviator Greens” uniform.

8 Jan 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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