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1 Aug 1944
  • Tirpitz completed exercises at sea. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Manuel Quezon passed away. ww2dbase [Manuel Quezon | CPC]
  • Soviet forces captured Lithuania, cutting all roads between Germany and the Baltic States. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • President Risto Ryti of Finland resigned; he was to be replaced by Marshal Carl Mannerheim. ww2dbase [Risto Ryti | 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 [Omar Bradley | 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 [George Bush | CPC]
  • USS Puffer attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies, firing 8 torpedoes and claiming 2 hits which sank a ship. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • The Indian 111th Infantry Brigade, a Chindit formation, was allowed to return to front line service in Burma after health conditions improved. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | 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 [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • USS Parche set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • Paul Wenneker was promoted to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Paul Wenneker | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish departed Brisbane, Australia for her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack served on lifeguard station in support of the air strikes on Woleai, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd French Division landed on "Utah" beach, Normandie, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | Philippe Leclerc | 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 [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | AC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 142 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • 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 [Warsaw Uprising | 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 [V-Weapons Campaign | HM]
United States
  • The second XP-80A prototype jet aircraft "Silver Ghost" took its first flight. ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | CPC]
  • Aubrey Fitch was made the US Navy Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air, replacing John McCain. ww2dbase [Aubrey Fitch | DS]
US Pacific Islands 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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