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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 [Main Article | TH]
  • US 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion captured Simpelveld in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was awarded the Order of Glory 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Bulgaria India
  • Anglo-Indian troops began crossing the Manipur River in India toward Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 140 was launched at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 141 was launched at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan.,Nagasaki, ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 159 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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 [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • Saint Paul was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, sponsored by the wife of John J. McDonough. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops, Bulgarian troops, and Yugoslavian partisans defeated Chetnik fighters and Serbian Frontier Guards and captured Vlasotince, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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 1944Montgomery addressing men of the British 15th (Scottish) Division during an investiture ceremony, 16 Sep 1944
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16 Sep 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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945