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1 Aug 1944
  • Tirpitz completed exercises at sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Puffer attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies, firing 8 torpedoes and claiming 2 hits which sank a ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Manuel Quezon passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet forces captured Lithuania, cutting all roads between Germany and the Baltic States. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • President Risto Ryti of Finland resigned; he was to be replaced by Marshal Carl Mannerheim. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the XV Corps of the Third Army of the US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US 12th Army Group came into existence under the command of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Captain Taro Taguchi was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • George Bush was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (jg). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Indian 111th Infantry Brigade, a Chindit formation, was allowed to return to front line service in Burma after health conditions improved. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with Louis Mountbatten at Kandy, Ceylon to discuss Stilwell's temporary command over Mountbatten's theater while Mountbatten planned for a trip to Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Paul Wenneker was promoted to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish departed Brisbane, Australia for her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack served on lifeguard station in support of the air strikes on Woleai, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd French Division landed on "Utah" beach, Normandie, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • Two brand-new Allied armoured divisions, the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish, arrived in Normandy, France. They were tasked with executing the final great break-out from the British sector to trap and destroy the German armies in Normandy or send them reeling back to the Seine. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Japan Poland
  • Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front under Konstantin Rokossovsky arrived in the suburbs of Warsaw, Poland. Seeing the arrival of friendly forces, the Polish Home Army rose up against German occupation troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation established its headquarters in Lublin, Poland. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • On completing an anti-diver patrol against V-1 flying bombs, Flight Lieutenant F. Wiza's Yellow Section of 306 Squadron (Polish) RAF received a warning that they were 10 miles off the English coast and were vectored into a "safe lane" away from anti-aircraft batteries; as the Mustang III fighters crossed the coast they found themselves under intense fire; fortunately no aircraft were hit. 96 Squadron lost a Mosquito aircraft and crew whilst the night fighter was landing in bad weather and visibility; Flight Officer Ray Ball and his navigator Flight Officer Fred Saunders were both killed as was Leading Aircraftman Charlie Allen on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
United States
  • The second XP-80A prototype jet aircraft "Silver Ghost" took its first flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Sunfish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1944
Ensign Darrell Bennett stood beside his FM-2 Wildcat Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, Major General Henry L. Larsen, and Major General Roy S. Geiger, Orote Peninsula, Guam, Mariana Islands, 1 Aug 1944Three Swordfish aircraft, equipped with rockets, performing a training flight from St. Merryn Royal Naval Air Station, United Kingdom, 1 Aug 1944US Navy African-American Miles Davis King carrying a loaded magazine for a 20-mm gun aboard CVE USS Tulagi en route to France, Aug 1944
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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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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal