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21 Apr 1944
  • USS Gar ended her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Croaker was commissioned into service with Commander John E. Lee in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Chattanooga: Allied aircraft destroyed German rail and other transportation targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied bombers conducted a raid on Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Colonel General Erhard Raus replaced Hans-Valentin Hube as the commander of the German 1.Panzerarmee. Hube was killed in a plane crash on the previous day. ww2dbase [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids against installations in the Wakde-Sarmi area of northern New Guinea in support of General Douglas MacArthur's assault on Hollandia (Jayapura), Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Gabilan departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol; her primary task was to conduct reconnaissance in the Mariana Islands area. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Thirty-seven aircraft (Model F6F-3), 19 aircraft (Model TBF), 77 officers and 92 men of Air Group 20 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Japanese troops captured Crete West hill near Imphal, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • As part of US Navy Carrier Task Force 58, USS Portland screened carriers launching the initial strikes in support of the landings at Hollandia on New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
United Kingdom
  • No. 486 Squadron RNZAF, flying Tempest V fighters, arrived at RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Apr 1944
RAF Mustang Mk IIIs of No 19 Squadron based at Ford, Sussex painted with white nose and wing stripes to prevent mis-identification as Me 109s, Apr 21, 1944PB2Y aircraft at San Juan Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, 21 Apr 1944Actress Vivian Leigh speaks to the 381st Bomb Group at Ridgewell, Hallstead, UK during the christening ceremonies for B-17G “Stage Door Canteen,” 21 Apr 1944. Also present were actors Alfred Lunt and Laurence Olivier.Mary Churchill, daughter of the Prime Minister, holding up a bottle of Coca-Cola just before she cracked it over the machine gun barrels of the B-17G “Stage Door Canteen” as a christening, 21 Apr 1944 at Ridgewell.
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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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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944