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13 Oct 1944
  • USS Mingo arrivedat Fremantle, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • The A7M2 Reppu fighter, equipped with the Ha-43 engine, took its first flight. ww2dbase [A7M Reppu | CPC]
French Indochina
  • USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport 10 kilometers east of Cam Rahn Bay, French Indochina, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Bergall | Cam Ranh | CPC]
  • German forces abandoned Athens, Greece and, on the same date, left Rethymno in Northern Crete, retiring unharrassed to the region around Canea in the north west of the island. ww2dbase [Athens | AC]
Latvia Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit sank a Japanese patrol craft off Truk, Caroline Islands, hitting her with 1 of torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Miami | CPC]
  • USS Franklin launched strikes against Tainan, Taiwan. A Japanese special attack aircraft caused light damage to the flight deck. ww2dbase [Franklin | Tainan | CPC]
  • Carrier aircraft from USS Lexington attacked the rail marshaling yard at Shinei District (now Xinying District), Tainan, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Lexington (Essex-class) | Tainan | CPC]
  • US Navy carrier aircraft attacked Shinchiku Airfield in Shinchiku (now Hsinchu), Taiwan, destroying 4 hangars, 8 shops, and 2 barracks. ww2dbase [Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | CPC]
  • USS Hornet launched a reconnaissance mission over the Japanese Navy seaplane base at Toko Bay (now Dapeng Bay), southern Taiwan. ww2dbase [Hornet (Essex-class) | Toko, Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In Britain, V-1 flying bomb fell on the Suffolk town of Southwold and caused major damage but surprisingly no serious injuries; in all 337 houses were damaged, 68 shops, three churches and the fire station were all reported as being victims in some way to the blast. Another impacted on RAF Raydon near Ipswich, the bomb narrowly missed the bomb dump concealed in woods next to the perimeter, at the time of the strike bombs were being loaded onto transport trucks. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | Raydon, England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 13 Oct 1944
Lieutenant General Patton of the US 3rd Army awarding the Silver Star medal to Private Ernest Jenkins for gallantry during actions at Chateaudun, France, 13 Oct 1944Flight deck crews of USS Wasp preparing a plywood-shrouded Mark XIII torpedo for a TBM Avenger aircraft for strikes in Taiwan-Philippine area, 13 Oct 1944; note TBM-1C Avenger and F6F-5 HellcatCrew of a PBY Catalina attached to Air-Sea Rescue work to get TSgt James E Latta & SSgt Willis B Morlan out of the Adriatic after they were forced to bail out from their B-24H Liberator following a raid on Vienna, Austria; Oct 13 1944.A column of Canadian Alligator amphibious vehicles passing
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