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21 Jun 1944
  • USS Puffer arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro departed Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet forces began another offensive against the Finns between Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega in northern Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Mussolini transformed the Partito Fascista Repubblicano into a military organization. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl Burk was made the commanding officer of SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • USS Harder arrived at Darwin, Australia and took on additional torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • US Vice President Henry Wallace arrived in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Finland
  • Finland attempted to negotiate for peace with the Soviet Union; Soviets expressed that they would only accept unconditional surrender. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • More than 1,300 US 8th Air Force bombers took off from airfields in Britain to attack Berlin, Lüne-Merseburg, and the hydrogenation plant at Ruhland in the Gau of Mark Brandenburg. The 163 that attacked Ruhland went on to Ukraine instead of returning to Britain, and this was noticed by the German Luftwaffe, which had plans to counter such an attempt for a shuttle bombing operation. He 111 bombers from various units of KG 4 (pathfinders), KG 53, and KG 55 took off for Poltava and Mirgorod (Myrhorod) Airfields in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Italy
  • British XIII Corps engaged in heavy fighting with German forces at San Fatucchio, Italy. Further east, Polish II Corps reached the Chienti River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and Task Force 58 chased the enemy but made no contact with the Japanese fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Bluefish sank the Japanese transport she had been pursuing for several hours in the Makassar Strait, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp was attached to Willis Lee's battleship group, which was sent in pursuit of the retreating Japanese ships after the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The group would fail to find any targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The southern boroughs of London, England, United Kingdom suffered multiple V-1 flying bomb strikes during the day. The bombs started to arrive at 0525 hours when one exploded in Bexley close to the river Thames; it killed four people and wrecked 7 houses. Bombs followed in Addington Road, West Wickham where 65 houses were damaged and Queens Road in Beckenham where 3 were killed. Pilot Officer N. P. Gibbs of 41 Squadron at RAF West Malling shot down his second in two days over Beachy Head on the Channel coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Menhaden was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 21 Jun 1944
US Marine finding a family of five hiding in a cave during the fighting on Saipan, Mariana Islands, 21 Jun 1944Aerial reconnaissance photograph of Cherbourg city and harbor, taken on 21 June 1944Wrecked American and British landing craft after a storm, Omaha Beach, Normandy, 21 Jun 1944Broached landing craft during the Normandy storm, probably at Omaha Beach, 21 Jun 1944; note LST-543 in background
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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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