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9 Aug 1944
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt informed Douglas MacArthur that MacArthur's plan to invade the Philippine Islands had been approved, which necessarily meant that Chester Nimitz's plan to land on Taiwan, thus bypassing the Philippine Islands, was rejected. ww2dbase [Pacific Strategy Conference | CPC]
  • The Vyborg-Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest Soviet offensive against Finland, ended in a strategic stalemate. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Forest Service and the US Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Austin Doyle became the commanding officer of USS Hornet, relieving William Sample. ww2dbase [Hornet (Essex-class) | CPC]
Alaska Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack attacked a Japanese destroyer with four torpedoes west of the Caroline Islands; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
France Hawaii Poland
  • After sundown, No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight RAF dropped supplies in the Kampinos Forest outside of Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A V-1 flying bomb exploded in the air above the town of Lamberhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom after being shot at by a fighter, the bomb scattered 1-kilogram incendiary bombs. 91 squadron was officially taken off anti-V-1 operations and moved to RAF Hawkinge in Kent to re-equip with Spitfire LFIX fighters. The squadron had accounted for 184 of the bombs, and 2 more would be added whilst they trained in their new aircraft. The squadron's Spitfire XIV fighters were handed to 402 Squadron (RCAF) who commenced anti-V-1 operations three days later. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | Hawkinge, England | HM]
United States
  • USS Tirante was launched at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Tirante | Kittery, Maine | CPC]
  • Following the Port Chicago munitions explosion, the surviving members of the ordnance battalion were assigned to resume loading munitions at nearby Mare Island. 258 African-American sailors told their officers that they would obey any other order, but not that one. All faced charges, 50 for mutiny. ww2dbase [Port Chicago Naval Munitions Explosion | Vallejo, California | DS]
  • Franklin Roosevelt assigned Patrick Hurley to as an intermediary between Chiang Kaishek and Joseph Stilwell. ww2dbase [Patrick Hurley | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Aug 1944
A Hitler Youth soldier captured by Canadian soldiers, Caen, France, 9 Aug 1944US Army CCKW 2 1/2-ton 6x6 cargo truck pulling rear half of another, forming the Mobile Optical Section of the 12th Medical Depot Company, US 5th Army, Volterro, Italy, 9 Aug 1944British PIAT team, Normanie, France, 9 Aug 1944B-24G Liberator “Fertile Myrtle” with the 724th Bomb Squadron flying over the burning oil refinery at AlmásfĂĽzitő, Hungary on the banks of the Danube, 9 Aug 1944.

9 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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