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28 Aug 1944
  • Chaim Rumkowski passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops crossed the Marne River in France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 32 P-40 fighters of the US 14th Air Force (including several flown by Chinese pilots) attacked the Japanese airfield near Hengyang, Hunan, China. Ki-43 fighters of the Japanese 48th Sentai and Ki-84 fighters of the Japanese 22nd Sentai rose the intercept, shooting down 1 Chinese P-40 fighter and 3 American P-40 fighters; 6 Japanese fighters were lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Eight B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Additional German troops entered Slovakia in response to partisan activities in Slovakia and Romania, effecting a total occupation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • FR.11 was captured by the Allies at Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Gloire completed its mission as a part of Operation Dragoon off southern France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • The German garrison in Marseille, France surrendered to French forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Oberfeldwebel Hieronymus Lauer became the first to be shot down by US fighters while flying a jet aircraft. His Me 262 fighter was shot down by Major Joseph Myers and 2nd Lieutenant Manford Croy, Jr. of 82nd Fighter Squadron of USAAF 78th Fighter Group, both flying P-47 fighters. When Lauer was shot down at 1915 hours, his guns were not even loaded, as he was on a ferry flight between Juvincourt, France and Chievres, Belgium. Lauer survived the subsequent crash landing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert von Greim was awarded Swords to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner was awarded swords to his Knight's Cross the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Albert Kesselring was given a captured copy of the Allied Operation Olive plans and learned that the recent Allied attack on the eastern end of the Gothic Line in Italy was part of a major offensive; he gave the order to move three reserve divisions from Bologna to the east coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 137 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Wasp departed Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian journalist Raymond Arthur Davies, sponsored by the Canadian Jewish Congress, visited Majdanek Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-59A departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Of 97 V-1 flying bombs launched this day from the Netherlands only 4 got through the anti-aircraft and fighter cordon, the fighters taking down 23 and the anti-aircraft guns 65 (Folkestone hitting 58), the remainder struck barrage balloon wires. Some of the bombs were found to be carrying propaganda leaflets. Only two serious casualties were reported during the day. Although 41 squadron had been stood down from V-1 patrols Flight Lieutenant Terry Spencer whilst carrying out tests in his Spitfire XII fighter saw a bomb passing over the town of Rye, Kent, England, United Kingdom he gave chase and brought it down in farmland; it was the Unit's 53rd and last victory. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • USS Sea Cat departed New London, Connecticut, United States for US Territory of Hawaii via the Panama Canal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Aug 1944
US Army medics removing a casualty from the battlefield to an aid station in an air shelter, near Brest, France, 28 Aug 1944Two German prisoners being taken to the 6th Division Prisoner of War Encampment, Brest, France 28 Aug 1944Map of Southern France during Operation Dragoon, 15-28 Aug 1944Australian crew of a Baby 25 pr field gun in Markham Valley, New Guinea, 28 Aug 1944; they were Sergeant J. O. Kennedy, gunner J. L. Kirby, and gunner T. M. Naughtin
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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