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13 May 1944
  • US destroyer escort USS Francis M. Robinson of Task Group 22.2 sank Japanese submarine RO-501, formerly German submarine U-1224, off the Cape Verde islands, killing the entire crew of 52 including Lieutenant Commander Norita Sadatoshi. RO-501 had a cargo of mercury, lead, steel, aluminum drawings, optical glass, IXC-type submarine blueprints, and Me 163A Komet jet fighter blue prints on board. USS Francis M. Robinson would later receive the Presidential Unit Citation for this action. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Major Wolfgang Späte, in a Me 163 jet aircraft launched from Bad Zwischenahn in northern Germany, pursued two USAAF P-47 fighters. Mechanical problems with the aircraft cause Späte to eventually lose contact with the US fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese troops attacked Luoyang, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies India
  • By this date, Anglo-Indian troops had control of Jail Hill, GPT ridge, and FSD ridge near Kohima, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • Allied troops captured Ponte Sant'Angelo and Castelforte, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 13 May 1944
WC-54 ambulances at RAF Kimbolton, England waiting as returning B-17 Fortress bombers of the 379th Bomb Group fly overhead, May 13, 1944

13 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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