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8 May 1944
  • USS Rock arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Eisenhower set the date for the cross-Channel invasion at 5 Jun 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF fighter ace Robert Johnson scored his 27th victory, exceeding the 26 victories achieved by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, making him the second-highest scoring American fighter pilot in Europe. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Brigadier William Lentaigne, commander of the Chindit, flew to the front lines in Burma to meet with Michael Calvert, repeating the order to abandon the Broadway and White City sites of Operation Thursday in order to build a new forward base, Blackpool. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson flew his final mission, shooting down a Bf 109G aircraft and a Fw 190 aircraft over Celle, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Two officers and 97 men of ARGUS-8 arrived on board. Two officers and 91 men of ARGUS-7 arrived on board. Parts of Air Group 11 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Hoe attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, damaging a tanker and a freigther with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rudolf Höss returned to Auschwitz Concentration Camp to supervise Aktion Höss, the extermination of 430,000 Hugarian Jews. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Singapore United States
  • USS Ticonderoga was commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States with Dixie Kiefer in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
Photo(s) dated 8 May 1944
A FM-2 Wildcat fighter prepared to launch from USS Charger while another flew overhead, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States, 8 May 1944USS Coral Sea underway, 8 May 1944, photo 1 of 3USS Coral Sea underway, 8 May 1944, photo 2 of 3USS Coral Sea underway, 8 May 1944, photo 3 of 3
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8 May 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939