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9 Jul 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • British and Canadian forces entered the rubble that was Caen, France. Meanwhile, US XIX Corps began advancing toward Saint-LĂ´, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • Aiming to cut off German Armeegruppe Nord, Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front attacked from Vitebsk, Byelorussia, Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front attacked from Psovsk, and the Soviet Leningrad Front attacked toward Narva, Estonia. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • Raoul Wallenberg boarded the 1721 train from Berlin, Germany for Budapest, Hungary, arriving later that night. ww2dbase [Raoul Wallenberg | CPC]
  • Major Frank Blaker of the British Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment won the Victoria Cross at Taunghi, Burma. Charging Japanese positions he was hit three times but continued to urge his men forward even as he lays dying. ww2dbase [AC]
  • British Royal Navy Captain F. J. Walker of the Second Escort Group died of a stroke brought on by heavy strain and overwork. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Adolf Hitler departed the Wolfsschlucht II headquarters in Margival, France for the Wolfsschanze headquarters in East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • A message was sent to USS Golet, but the submarine did not respond. ww2dbase [Golet | CPC]
Australia Finland
  • Finnish troops withdrew from the Ă„yräpää ridge near Vuosalmi, Finland. On the Soviet side, a number of formations began to be withdrawn from the nearby Tali-Ihantala region for the campaign in Estonia. ww2dbase [Battle of Tali-Ihantala and Battle of Vuosalmi | CPC]
Italy
  • The British The North Staffordshire Regiment captured the fortified village of Malan, Italy. Facing dug-in Tiger tanks, the Staffords suffer 25% casualties in the battle. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gothic Line | Malan | AC]
Japan
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 155 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 161 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish sank Japanese cargo ship Taihei Maru in the Kurile Islands, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico began guarding aircraft carriers off the Mariana Islands area. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Segundo departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Segundo | Balboa | CPC]
Poland
  • Five trains carrying 14,212 Hungarian Jews (3,065 from Monor, 3,072 from Ă“buda, 3,072 from Budakalász, 3,079 from Monor, and 1,924 from BĂ©kesmegyer) acrossed the border into occupied Poland, destined for Auschwitz Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
Trinidad
  • Torpedo Squadron 80 aboard USS Ticonderoga resumed flight training off Trinidad. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
United Kingdom
  • The South Metropolitan Gas Company's gasholder in Kennington, south-east London, England, United Kingdom received a direct hit from a V-1 flying bomb causing a huge explosion and a large amount of damage to local houses. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | London, England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jul 1944
A British soldier with Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle on a street in Caen, France, 9 Jul 1944

9 Jul 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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