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13 Jul 1944
  • Red Army units captured Vilna, Lithuania. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • USS Hornet spent the day conducting refueling operations. ww2dbase [Hornet (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • The secret of the German FuG 227 Flensburg equipment, which could home-in on RAF Monica radars, was revealed when a Luftwaffe pilot landed his Junkers Ju 88G-1 night fighter by mistake at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. In addition the capture of this aircraft's FuG 220 radar would permit British scientist to find a way of jamming its signal within a matter of weeks. ww2dbase [Ju 88 | AC]
  • Captain Williams Mullen was named the commanding officer of USS San Diego. ww2dbase [San Diego | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese 18th Army under Lieutenant General Hatazo Adachi was divided by an American attack in the Aitape-New Hollandia area in New Guinea, making them effectively useless until their final defeat on 10 Aug. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Dutch New Guinea | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 113 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • US Marines gave Japanese Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito a military burial near Tanapag, Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yoshitsugu Saito | Tanapag, Saipan | CPC]
  • USAAF 332nd Fighter Group, consisted of all African-American pilots, flew its first mission over Ploesti, Romania. ww2dbase [Ploesti | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In the United Kingdom, General Frederick Pile and Air Marshal Roderic Hill held a meeting to discuss the best way for the British Royal Air Force and the anti-aircraft batteries to deal with incoming V-1 bombs. Two distinct areas for fighters were created, one over the sea in front of the guns and the other inland behind them; these zones were created partially because the gun batteries along the coast were to be supplied with the secret radio proximity fuzed shells that would pose an equal threat to nearby friendly aircraft as to the V-1s. There were many fatal V-1 bomb impacts over south London during the day; the worse was when the Tiger's Head Inn in Lewisham was hit killing 16 and injuring 40. Five members of a family were killed in the Park Hotel in Bromley, they were due to be evacuated that afternoon. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | VT Radio Proximity | V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | HM]
US Pacific Islands
  • Submarine USS Growler made a nine-hour refueling stop at Midway Atoll on her way to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Growler | Midway | DS]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jul 1944
An American locomotive was transferred from SS Seatrain Texas, Cherbourg, 13 Jul 1944, to replace one of the many destroyed during the Allied invasion of Normandy, photo 1 of 2An American locomotive was transferred from SS Seatrain Texas, Cherbourg, 13 Jul 1944, to replace one of the many destroyed during the Allied invasion of Normandy, photo 2 of 2African-American soldiers of the US Army bring taught how to detect and disarm mines, France, 13 Jul 1944Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell speaking to a wounded Japanese prisoner of war, northern Burma, 13 Jul 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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