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17 Oct 1944
  • USS Croaker damaged a small Japanese sampan with the deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pavel Haas passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Eichmann returned to Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Takijiro Onishi took command of the 1st Air Fleet based in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-70 was lost in a storm off Leyte, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | DS]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-1234 was recommissioned into service with Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Christian Wrede in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hong Kong Hungary
  • The major Soviet attacks near Debrecen, Hungary, were held off by German troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
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 [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • USS Columbia supported landing operations at Dinagat Islands, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina visited her family in Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • B-29 bombers of 40th Bombardment Group attacked Takao harbor, Taiwan. ww2dbase [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 [Main Article | Event | HM]
  • Bulgarian troops captured Kursumlija, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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 Houstonís 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
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