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8 Apr 1944
  • Rall was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse detected a Japanese convoy off the Mariana Islands. After dark, attacked the convoy and sank cargo ship Kizugawa Maru, hitting her with four of eight torpedoes fired. After evading depth charges, she attacked again, sinking cargo ship Bisaku Maru, hitting her with two of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Red Army troops reached the Slovakian border and advanced into Romania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USAAF bombers attacked a Volkswagen factory near Hannover, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Anthony Eden issued a statement condemning German atrocities and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the VIII Corps of US Third Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The 8,261-ton steam merchant Nebraska, a refrigerated cargo vessel owned by Royal Mail Lines of London, was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-843 (Kapitänleutnant Oskar Herwartz) when on passage from Taranto, Italy to Buenos Aires, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • German submarine U-962 was sunk on the in north Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre by depth charges from the British "Black Swan" sloops HMS Crane (U 23) and HMS Cygnet (U 38). All 50 hands were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
Australian New Guinea
  • The headquarters of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese aircraft conducted raids across Henan Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • The US XXIV Corps was established at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii, under the command of Major General John R. Hodge. The Corps would participate in the Leyte landings in the Philippine Islands (October 1944) and later in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
India
  • Japanese troops moved into the ground between Kohima and Jotsoma in India, cutting off the Indian 161st Brigade from being able to assist in the defense Kohima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale sank Japanese freighter Honan Maru in the Korea Strait, hitting her with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • Ivan Konev ordered Soviet 27th Army and 40th Army to attack Romanian positions near Târgu Frumos, Romania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The Soviet forces began an offensive to retake Crimea, Russia and to destroy the German 17.Armee. ww2dbase [TH]
United Kingdom
  • USAAF 453rd Bomber Group based at Old Buckenham Airfield (US Station 144) in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom lost 7 B-24 bombers around Braunschweig in central Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Apr 1944
Stocks of oil and other supplies gathered at Hixton General Depot, G-23, England, United Kingdom in preparation for the invasion of France, 8 Apr 1944US Army 3278th Quartermaster Company African-American Private Robert Askew examining a pile of overshoes, 8 Apr 1944Admiral Raymond Spruance (left) speaking with Captain Carl Holden, commanding officer of USS New Jersey on the New Jersey’s foredeck at Majuro, Marshall Islands, 8 Apr 1944. Admiral Nimitz was also on board.

8 Apr 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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