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16 Oct 1944
  • ShCh-307 attacked a merchant ship; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army surrounded Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet units entered German territory as Goldap, East Prussia was captured. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Martti Aho was awarded his second Mannerheim Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler visited Nürnberg, Germany to personally inspect the repairs to the bunker which housed the Imperial Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 4 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Hong Kong
  • Kamoi departed Hong Kong harbor for buoy No. 12. At 1540 hours, she was attacked by US aircraft, but suffered no damage. At 2017 hours, she was relocated to Tung Long Island (Toryu Jima). ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • 28 US 14th Air Force B-24 and B-25 bombers escorted by one P-40 fighter and 29 P-51 fighters attacked the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Many bombs went far astray, hitting an elementary school (200 teachers and students killed), residential zones (100 civilians killed), and a large diesel fuel storage tank in the civilian sector of Kowloon (resulting in a fire that burned for several days); 300 civilians were injured. Concurrently, 8 B-25 bombers escorted by 8 P-40 fighters struck Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, sinking 10 Japanese vessels. Japanese anti-aircraft gunners claimed the downing of 14 Allied aircraft over Hong Kong across the two raids. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US 5th Army launched a new offensive toward Bologna, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale was spotted and attacked by Japanese aircraft in the South China Sea, but suffered no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF XX Bomber Command B-29 bombers attacked Okayama Airfield north of Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF XX Bomber Command B-29 bombers attacked Heito Airfield in Heito (now Pingtung), Taiwan. Several bombers attacked the rail marshaling yard and the harbor in nearby Toshien District, Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan, which were secondary targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1944
Smoke rising from Kowloon, Hong Kong, 16 Oct 1944; note Japanese fighter chasing the USAAF bomber from which this photo was takenB-25 bomber attacking shipping in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, possibly during the 16 Oct 1944 raid by US 14th Air ForceUS 14th Air Force B-24 and B-25 bombers attacking Hong Kong harbor, 16 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 2US 14th Air Force B-24 and B-25 bombers attacking Hong Kong harbor, 16 Oct 1944, photo 2 of 2
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16 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

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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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945