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8 Aug 1944
  • German SS Lieutenant General Hans Kammler was named the Special Commissioner for the A-4 rocket program. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | CPC]
  • Winston Churchill, Alan Brooke, Louis Mountbatten, Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden, Oliver Lyttelton, and Albert Wedemeyer met in London, England, United Kingdom to discuss the future direction of war efforts in southeastern Asia. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | CPC]
  • Jacques Leroy was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Jacques Leroy | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS Luce completed a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands and departed for San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Luce | Attu | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • A British Mosquito night fighter of 604 squadron reported that they had brought down a German Do 217 aircraft, which was operating over the English Channel launching V-1 flying bombs; tragically it was found that their victim was an Allied Albemarle transport aircraft flown by the SOE to drop supplies to agents in France; the crew of Australians were lost. ww2dbase [English Channel | HM]
Ceylon
  • HMS Howe arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Howe | Trincomalee | CPC]
  • HMS Valiant was damaged at Trincomalee, Ceylon when the floating drydock in which she was docked suddenly collapsed. ww2dbase [Valiant | Trincomalee | CPC]
France
  • The German offensive at Mortain, France, Operation L├╝ttich, was called off after it suffered severe losses to armoured columns from Allied air attacks. Inaccuracy of the American bombing, however, would kill many Canadians, Polish and British ground troops and would wound Major General R. F. L. Keller, commanding officer of Canadian 3rd Infantry Division. Meanwhile, Canadian forces launched Operation Totalize to the south of Caen while the US 15th Army Corp occupied Le Mans, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | TH, AC]
  • SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer Michael Wittmann, the "ace of tank aces", was killed when his Tiger tank was knocked out leading an attack parallel to the main Caen-Falais Road in France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Violette Szabo was placed on a train in France for Ravensbr├╝ck concentration camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Violette Szabo | CPC]
Guam Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Guitarro sank a small vessel off Luzon, Philippine Islands in the South China Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Guitarro | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Sterlet sank a Japanese transport in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with four of four torpedoes. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
Poland
  • Under the direct order of Archibald Sinclair, Commander-in-Chief RAF Mediterranean and Middle East John Slessor dispatched No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight RAF to Warsaw, Poland. Supplies were successfully dropped in designated zones without any losses. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
Russia United Kingdom
  • He 111 aircraft flying from their base in Rozi├Ęres in France flew 23 sorties during the night of 7-8 Aug 1944. One of the Heinkel bombers was shot down by Flight Officer John Smith (604 Squadron); the bomber crashed near Achmer, Lower Saxony, Germany attempting to reach base; Smith also brought down a Do 217 bomber during the patrol over the channel. A V-1 flying bomb launched by another He 111 bomber hit a hostel for agricultural workers near Benenden, Kent, England, United Kingdom, killing four and injuring 33. The balloons around Dartford brought down two flying bombs and another, shot down by a fighter over Bidborough, near Tonbridge Wells in Kent, was the first to be found to be carrying 24 1-kilogram incendiary bombs. Flight Lieutenant "Togs" Mellersh of FIU (fighter interception Unit) shot down four flying bombs on his single night patrol. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1944
Large cruiser Alaska, photographed from the air, 8 Aug 1944US Maritime Service Lt (jg) Stanly Smith posing at war bond rally, Washington DC, with NatAfrican-American US Army Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. watching a Signal Corps crew erecting poles, France, 8 Aug 1944A Cromwell tank and jeep of 10 PSK, Polish 1st Armored Division passing an abandoned German PaK 43/41 gun during Operation Totalize, France, 8 Aug 1944
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