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6 Oct 1944
  • USS Preston set sail with Task Force 38. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack departed Brisbane, Australia for an exercise with HMAS Geelong. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse claimed the sinking of a Japanese destroyer off Taiwan with one torpedo hit of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Segundo was damaged by a bomb from a Japanese aircraft in the Surigao Strait in Philippine waters, damaging the deck gun, destroying an engine exhaust muffler, and cracking generator foundation mounts. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian 3rd Division assaulted the German pocket at Breskena, Belgium, south of the Scheldt Estuary. To the north, Allied troops captured Ossendrecht, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Feldwebel Viktor König of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Roza Shanina began keeping a combat diary against orders. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 11 German Heinkel bombers carrying V-1 flying bombs took off on the evening and were met by British Mosquito aircraft from 25 Squadron, resulting in losses for both sides. HK256 aircraft crewed by British Flight Officer Jack Henderson and British Flight Officer Roland Nicholls crashed into the sea at the start of the attack; Henderson survived and became a prisoner of war but the navigator Nicholls was killed. The former Hurricane fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant Alf Marshall DFM, flying his first night mission brought down his 20th air victory in the fight which saw another He 111 bomber go down, victim of 68 Squadron pilot Flight Officer John Haskell. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Emden completed laying mines in the Skagerrak. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Columbia departed Manus, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops evacuated Tiddam, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Cassin Young departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • M18 completed her part in Operation Krokodil Süd, laying mines in the southern exits of the Muhu Sound, Estonia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Violette Szabo was returned from the Heinkel factory at Torgau to Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese convoy as a part of a wolfpack in the South China Sea, sinking Japanese transport Akane Maru, hitting her with 5 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray gave chase to a Japanese tanker in the South China Sea, damaging her with 1 torpedo hit (of 6 torpedoes fired) but did not sink her. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea during the day, sinking an oiler and a transport, hitting them with 5 of 6 torpedoes fired. After sundown, she attacked a destroyer escort with 4 torpedoes, all of which missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kamoi, as a part of convoy MIMA-11, departed San Fernando, Philippine Islands at 0618 for Takao, Taiwan under the escort of several small craft. At 0800 hours, submarine USS Aspro attacked the convoy to no effect. At 1530 hours, submarine USS Cabrilla attacked the convoy and sank two ships. At 1830 hours, Kamoi and the surviving members of the convoy arrived at Lapoc Bay. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A German V-2 rocket hit Shotesham All Saints 5 miles south of Norwich, England, United Kingdom, slightly injuring 1 person while damaging 20 houses, 1 church, and 1 school. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) completed repairs at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 6 Oct 1944
San Jacinto rolling heavily and pitching in rough seas while en route to attack Okinawa, 6 Oct 1944; note parked TBM Avenger aircraft of VT-51 on the flight deckCanadian Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Marshall posing with his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifle, Kapellen, Belgium, 6 Oct 1944Damaged aircraft on the hangar deck of the USS Independence, 6 Oct 1944 following heavy seas 3 days earlier. Note the hand-tied rope lashings to secure the aircraft. Note also the AIA radar antenna in the damaged radomeUSS Yorktown (Essex-class) in the Puget Sound, Washington, United States, 6 Oct 1944.
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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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