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16 Sep 1944
  • British troops landed unopposed on the island of Kythera in the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A speech by Goebbels called for resistance by all Germans with utmost fanaticism. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | TH]
  • US 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion captured Simpelveld in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was awarded the Order of Glory 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | CPC]
Bulgaria Dutch East Indies Estonia
  • Destroyers Z28 and Z36 escorted the passenger ship Monte Rosa, with refugees aboard, from Paldiski (German: Baltisch-Port), Estonia to Gotenhafen, Germany (occupied Gdynia, Poland). ww2dbase [Z28 | Z36 | Paldiski | CPC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops began crossing the Manipur River in India toward Burma. ww2dbase [Assam | CPC]
Japan United Kingdom
  • 13 He III bombers of I/KG53 of the German Air Force from Varelbusch, near Bremen, Germany took off to launch V-1 flying bombs, one crashed and exploded on take off killing the crew. 3 of the aircraft were intercepted and shot down over the sea. Royal Naval gunners hitting 2 and the other by a Mosquito aircraft of 96 Squadron flown by Lieutenant Ian Dobie. As they crossed the British coast 2 more were shot down by a Tempest aircraft flown by Flight Officer Bud Miller USAAF of 501 Squadron. Of the bombs launched, one hit a water tower at Saffron Walden, a market town in Essex. The tower was at the end of the runway of nearby Debden airfield and shook the men of 4th Fighter Group billet there. General Sir Fredrick Pile in charge of Britain's anti-aircraft defences noted that after an interval the attacks were being stepped up and he was having trouble shifting the guns into places where they could combat the bombs being launched by aircraft. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | Debden, England | HM]
United States
  • Saint Paul was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, sponsored by the wife of John J. McDonough. ww2dbase [Saint Paul | Quincy, Massachusetts | CPC]
Yugoslavia Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1944
American transports unloading supplies at Morotai, Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2American transports unloading supplies at Morotai, Sep 1944, photo 2 of 2US Marines resting in front of a recently destroyed Japanese blockhouse, Peleliu, Palau Islands, 16 Sep 1944US Marines on landing beach Orange 2, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944
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