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17 Aug 1944
  • USS Sargent Bay joined US Navy 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Croaker sank two Japanese oilers with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Model was appointed the commanding officer of the German Army Group B (Heeresgruppe B), replacing Günther von Kluge. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Remnants of Vichy government fled for Germany as French Resistance began taking Parisian strongpoints. Pétain and his staff were interned by Hitler, while Laval's government resigned. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Canadian troops captured Falaise, France, and the German troops in the region began to be threatened with being surrounded. Montgomery ordered troops to move to seal the pocket. Meanwhile, US forces captured Chartres, Orleans, and Chateaudun. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British 14th Brigade, 3rd West African Brigade, and elements of the British 36th Infantry Division received orders to withdraw from northern Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Marblehead bombarded Axis positions near Saint-Raphaël, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Soviet troops reached the East Prussian border. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Third commanding officer, Capt Erl CB Gould USNR assumed command of station. Sixteen aircraft (Model F6F), 33 officers and 24 men of Night Fighting Squadron 103 (VF(N)-103) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish and USS Puffer sank a Japanese oiler off of Mindoro, Philippine Islands; USS Bluefish hit her with 1 of 1 torpedo fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ion Antonescu signed an armistice with the anti-German opposition in Romania; this was viewed as an act of betrayal by the Germans. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore United Kingdom
  • Nicholas Winton was promoted to the brevet rank of pilot officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Anti-aircraft gunners at Folkestone, Kent, England, United Kingdom brought down 27 flying bombs during the day, all landing in the sea close to the beaches. The batteries at nearby Hythe accounted for a further 16. As usual the number of bombs being launched meant that some got through to the London area. One bomb landed only yards from where one exploded four days earlier killing another 3 residents. The worst incident was at Rotherhithe Street in Bermondsey where 17 were killed and more than 60 injured. Later in the afternoon 16 residents of Mossbury Road in Lavender Hill south London were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States and began a two-month overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 17 Aug 1944
Canadian soldiers at the Falaise, France town entrance, 17 Aug 1944Ammunition dump explosion in Cherbourg harbor, France, 17 Aug 1944

17 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

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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