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6 Oct 1944
  • 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 [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | TH]
  • USS Pollack departed Brisbane, Australia for an exercise with HMAS Geelong. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • Feldwebel Viktor König of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Seahorse claimed the sinking of a Japanese destroyer off Taiwan with one torpedo hit of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | 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 [Segundo | CPC]
  • USS Preston set sail with Task Force 38. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina began keeping a combat diary against orders. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | 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 [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | HM]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Emden completed laying mines in the Skagerrak. ww2dbase [Emden | Skagerrak | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Burma
  • Japanese troops evacuated Tiddam, Burma. ww2dbase [Tiddam | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Cassin Young departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
  • M18 completed her part in Operation Krokodil Süd, laying mines in the southern exits of the Muhu Sound, Estonia. ww2dbase [Muhu Sound | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Unryu departed Matsuyama, Japan and arrived at Yashiro-jima across the Inland Sea. ww2dbase [Unryu | Yashiro-jima, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • The keep of landing ship No. 147 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • 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 [Cabrilla | South China Sea | 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 [Ray | South China Sea | CPC]
  • 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 [Whale | South China Sea | 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 [Kamoi | San Fernando | CPC]
United Kingdom United States 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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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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