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24 May 1944
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill formally announced that Spain would not be a target of the forthcoming Allied invasion on continental western Europe. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • SS official Adolf Eichmann's office in Budapest reported that 116,000 Hungarian Jews had already been deported, and another 200,000 were awaiting deportation, most of which were from Carpatho-Ruthenia and Transylvania. ww2dbase [Adolf Eichmann | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla damaged a Japanese ship east of Borneo, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • Japanese troops penetrated Chindit defense lines near the Blackpool site in Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish attempted to attack a Japanese convoy; all 4 torpedoes fired missed. She was detected and was subjected to a depth charge counterattack. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Hopewell, USS O'Bannon, and USS Taylor departed Nouméa, New Caledonia bound for Tulagi, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • While sailing from Cherbourg to Le Havre, France, torpedo boats Greif, Möwe, Falke, Kondor and Jaguar were attacked by Allied aircraft early in the day. Greif was struck by two bombs and lost all power at about 0600 hours. Without power, she drifted and collided with Falke (causing little damage). Möwe attempted to tow Greif, but failed to save her as Greif sank at 0632 hours. ww2dbase [Jaguar | Falke | Kondor | Greif | Möwe | English Channel | CPC]
  • Colonel Henry Kinnison received orders to pull back K Force of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) two miles southward behind Chinese-held lines in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Henry Kinnison | Battle of Myitkyina | CPC]
Danzig Germany Iceland
  • Iceland's four-day plebiscite ended; the result would show that 97% of the population wished to terminate the personal union with the King of Denmark, and 95% of the population wished to establish a new republic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Gibraltar Hill and attacked Lone Tree Hill near Imphal, India. To the north at Kohima, Indian 7th Division began an offensive against Dyer Hill, Pimple Hill, and Big Tree Hill. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Imphal, Manipur | CPC]
Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 158 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The Japanese submarine RO-116 was sunk 225 miles north-northwest of Kavieng, New Ireland by Hedgehog depth charges from the American destroyer escort USS England commanded by Lieutenant Commander Walton B. Pendelton. ww2dbase [HM]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 24 May 1944
Captain Burke (third from left) with his US Navy Destroyer Squadron 23 captains at

24 May 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944

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