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18 Apr 1944
  • The US submarine Gudgeon was reported lost, presumed sunk, off the Maug Islands, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Aircraft of No. 466 Squadron RAAF conducted bombing operations against Helgoland, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British Foreign Office banned all coded messages from foreign embassies and said that diplomatic bags were to be censored. Only the fighting Allies were to be excluded from the ban. ww2dbase [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Flight-Lieutenant Pat Boyd led a group of Beaufighter aircraft in a strike against a Japanese military camp at Soe, Timor, Dutch East Indies at about 1200 hours. Several buildings and vehicles were destroyed, and cyclists near the base were strafed and killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • RAF Bomber Command's No. 5 Group attacked Rouen, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Noisy-le-Sec, and Tergnier, killing a total of 1,383 French civilians. The strategically important rail marshalling yards at Juvisy-sur-Orge was virtually destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
  • Evripidis Bakirtzis stepped down as the head of the Political Committee of National Liberation (PEEA) of Greece. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Balaklava, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
United Kingdom
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tommy Hitchcock, Jr., the famous American polo player who had been instrumental in the development of the P-51 fighter, was killed in an air crash while flight testing an aircraft at Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Apr 1944
German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel with General Hans Sinnhuber, Lieutenant General Hans Speidel, and Captain Lang at Pas de Calais, France, 18 Apr 1944German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Lieutenant General Hans Speidel at Pas de Calais, France, 18 Apr 1944

18 Apr 1944 Interactive Map

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