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19 Sep 1944
  • Ioshima was sunk off Japan by USS Shad. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Essex crossed the Equator in the Pacific Ocean on a southward course. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Macabi was launched, sponsored by the wife of Rear Admiral Arthur S. Carpender. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki broke off from Convoy HI-75 and sailed for Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, the leader of the Dambusters raid in 1943, was killed when his aircraft crashed near Steenbergen, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Belgian Parliament met for the first time since May 1940. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In the Netherlands, British airborne troopers defended against heavy German attacks in Arnhem while other troops captured Veldhoven. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • While flying a Dakota aircraft on a supply run for British troops at Arnhem, the Netherlands, Flight Lieutenant David Lord flew several runs over the drop zone despite the starboard wing being hit and became aflame. Having dropped all supplies, he ordered his crew to bail out while he made no attempt to jump, remaining in the pilot's seat to keep the aircraft steady. The aircraft eventually exploded in mid-war. Lord was later awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross medal. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australia
  • USS Cero departed Darwin, Australia for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Elements of US 68th Composite Wing arrived at Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China, establishing it as a command and control base. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell personally handed Chiang Kaishek a message from Franklin Roosevelt which noted that Stilwell was to be given unrestricted powers in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Finland
  • The Allied Control Commission arrived in Helsinki demanding to see the plans for the internment of Germans in Finland, which Carl Mannerheim knew did not exist. ww2dbase [AC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Garland and two other British destroyers jointly sank German submarine U-407 off Santorini, Greece. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • A Finnish delegate signed a temporary peace treaty with the Soviet Union in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
San Marino
  • Indian 4th Division reached the outskirts of the city of San Marino. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 486 Squadron RNZAF was transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Winston Churchill departed Hyde Park, New York, United States for nearby New York City, where he was to begin his journey back to Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Sep 1944
USS Macabi underway on Lake Michigan in the United States, 19 Sep 1944British infantry carrying assault boats in preparation for crossing the Meuse-Escaut canal at Lille-St Hubert, Belgium, 19 Sep 1944Montgomery and Ramsey at MontgomeryFour men of the 1st Paratroop Battalion, British 1st Airborne Division, took cover in a shell hole outside Arnhem, Netherlands, 17-25 Sep 1944
See all photos dated 19 Sep 1944

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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