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17 Oct 1944
  • Pavel Haas passed away. ww2dbase [Pavel Haas | CPC]
  • Adolf Eichmann returned to Hungary. ww2dbase [Adolf Eichmann | CPC]
  • USS Croaker damaged a small Japanese sampan with the deck gun. ww2dbase [Croaker | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Takijiro Onishi took command of the 1st Air Fleet based in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Takijiro Onishi | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland bombarded airfields on Nicobar Islands with HM Cruisers London, Suffolk and Fleet destroyers as Task Group 63.2 (Operation Millet. Note: This was a diversionary operation during the US assault on Leyte and included attacks on Japanese positions). ww2dbase [London | Cumberland | DS]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-70 was lost in a storm off Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria informed Joseph Stalin that Viktor Abakumov had transferred 100 SMERSH personnel to reinforce the staff of the Main Information Directorate (under Piotr Kozuszko) of the Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones were launched against Japanese installations near East Rabaul, New Britain. One of the four hit the objective, one hit a target of opportunity, a third was lost due to the failure of a tube in the receiver of the drone, and a fourth may have been shot down (light and inaccurate antiaircraft fire was noted). ww2dbase [TDR | Rabaul, New Britain | DS]
China
  • 15 B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force, escorted by 12 P-40 and 10 P-51 fighters, attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Tianhe Airfield | Guangzhou, Guangdong | CPC]
Germany
  • Karl von Le Suire was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
  • U-1234 was recommissioned into service with Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Christian Wrede in command. ww2dbase [U-1234 | CPC]
Hong Kong
  • Kamoi departed Hong Kong at 0711 hours for a trial run, returning to Hong Kong at 0900 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Hungary Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Escolar sent her final ship-to-ship message to her wolfpack mates USS Perch, after which she was never heard from again. She was probably mined in the Yellow Sea on or shortly after this day. ww2dbase [Escolar | Yellow Sea | AC, CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Columbia supported landing operations at Dinagat Islands, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Columbia | CPC]
Russia Taiwan
  • B-29 bombers of 40th Bombardment Group attacked Takao harbor, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Some 70 houses were damaged in the village of Kirby-le-Soken in Essex, England, United Kingdom when a V-1 came down. This date marked an increase in the number of flying bombs launched over the rest of the month. More night fighters were now sent up to the east coast. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | Kirby-le-Soken, England | HM]
Yugoslavia Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1944
Cruiser USS Houston under tow by the USS Pawnee 17 Oct 1944 following Houston being torpedoed twice off Formosa (Taiwan) three days earlier. Note that Houston’s draft is 6-feet deeper than the maximum to be seaworthy.Takao (now Kaohsiung) harbor under US aerial attack, Taiwan, 17 Nov 1944, photo 1 of 5Takao (now Kaohsiung) harbor under US aerial attack, Taiwan, 17 Nov 1944, photo 2 of 5

17 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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