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7 Oct 1944
  • USS Cod damaged a Japanese tanker. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • British troops captured Nauplion and the island of Samos in Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 20.Gebirgsarmee began a fighting-withdrawal from Finland toward Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In the United Kingdom, the Cabinet decided to continue the censorship of reports of rocket attacks. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Hoe fired 7 torpedoes at a Japanese convoy, scoring 3 hits on 2 freighters, sinking 1 of them. ww2dbase [Hoe | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked the same Japanese tanker she had been chasing since the previous day in the Southe China Sea, hitting her with another 3 torpedo hits (of 6 torpedoes fired), but could not determine whether she had been sunk. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
China
  • From his headquarters in Chongqing, China, Milton Miles sent US Navy Pacific Fleet Command a daily weather map of China; for the first time, the map covered the entire Chinese coast and 500 miles out into the sea. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • General Rudolf Viest was made the commander of the Slovak National Uprising; previous commander, General Ján Golian, stepped down to become Viest's deputy. ww2dbase [Slovak National Uprising | CPC]
Egypt
  • In Alexandria, Egypt five Arab nations (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon) concluded the Alexandria Protocol agreeing to coordinate their political plans and foreign policies. ww2dbase [AC]
Finland
  • Alpo Marttinen stepped down as the commanding officer of 61st Regiment. ww2dbase [Alpo Marttinen | CPC]
Germany
  • 1st Lieutenant Elmer Taylor and 1st Lieutenant Willard Erfkamp of USAAF 364th Fighter Group, flying P-51 fighters, together shot down the German Me 163 rocket fighter piloted by Husser; Husser would survive the subsequent crash landing. ww2dbase [Me 163 Komet | CPC]
  • Major Richard Conner of USAAF 78th Fighter Group, flying a P-47 fighter, shot down a Me 262 jet aircraft over Osnabrück, Germany; the German pilot was observed to have bailed out before the jet crashed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 1st Lieutenant Urban Drew, flying a P-51 fighter, shot down two Me 262 fighters (flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Arnold and Leutnant Gerhard Kobert) as they were taking off from Achmer Airfield. The only witness to the town victories, his wingman 2nd Lieutenant Robert McCandliss, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and captured before the end of the mission, so Drew did not receive credit for these two downings until after the war when McCandliss was released from captivity. This was the first and only time in the war a pilot scored two jet victories in one mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italy Netherlands
  • German Air Force Oberfeldwebel Lothar Gall's Heinkel bomber collided with the mast giving out the beacon Sonne Elektra navigation aid to the German pilots; Dutch people in the area thought that the unexploded V-1 flying bomb attached to the bomber was a fuel tank and were killed as they broke in open and it exploded. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Baya sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Baya | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill detected a Japanese carrier in the South China Sea, but was driven off by destroyers. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • USS Whale received orders to move to waters northwest of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Wasp made rendezvous with Task Force 38 in the Philippine Sea in the evening. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Philippines
  • Takijiro Onishi arrived in Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Takijiro Onishi | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Lapoc Bay, Philippine Islands at 0030 for Yulin Naval Base, Hainan, China. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Poland
  • Jewish prisoners of the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz II-Birkenau Concentration Camp organized a large revolt and escape. Crematorium IV was set on fire, while SS guards came under attack. During the havoc, some of the prisoners were successful in cutting through the perimeter fencing and got outside, but the SS guard responded and successfully rounded up all escapees and killed them all. After the revolt was put down in the camp, about 250 prisoners, including leader Zalmen Gradowski and Józef Deresinski, were dead. Three SS men were also killed; ten were wounded. Four Jewish women who had stolen the explosives from their workplace at the Union-Werke armaments factory, which were used during this revolt, were later hanged. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Auschwitz Concentration Camp | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • More German Heinkel bombers carrying V-1 flying bombs were shot down. One V-1 flying bomb escaped the fighters and anti-aircraft guns and flew into a balloon cable over the village of Fawkham near Gravesend, Kent, England, United Kingdom and demolished several houses. There were 17 fatalities and 54 injured, 20 of them seriously when another fell at the Park Road/Barrington Road. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1944
African-American US Army nurse Lieutenant Florie E. Gant tending a prisoner-of-war patient, England, UK, 7 Oct 1944Japanese-American troops of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regiment, US 34th Infantry Division resting in bivouac, France, 7 Oct 1944Richard O

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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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