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19 Oct 1944
  • USS Franklin launched an attack on the Japanese on Manila Bay, Philippine Islands sinking several ships and downing 11 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Feldmarschal Model called off the attempts to relieve Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 4.Armee withdrew from around Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A state funeral was held in Budapest, Hungary for the 26 Hungarian and German personnel killed during the kidnapping of Miklós Horthy, Jr. four days prior. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt relieved Joseph Stilwell from all commands in China and recalled him to the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Two TDR drones were launched against Japanese gun positions west of Ballale Island south of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. One missed its target, the other dropped two of its four 100-pound bombs on the target before it crashed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the complete and total destruction of the city of Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Landing ship No. 141 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale set sale for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Portland shells the east side of Leyte Island, Philippines in advance of the landings to take place the following day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Luzon, Philippine Islands; Manila was attacked by US aircraft for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Takijiro Onishi met with the senior staff officers of Japanese 201st Kokutai at Mabalacat airfield north of Manila, Philippine Islands, and asked for volunteers to form a special attack unit. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops evacuated Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was killed by Yugoslavian partisan fighters in Montenegro, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Oct 1944
Damaged tail plane of an F6F-5 Hellcat of Fighting Squadron VF-20 on the hangar deck of USS Enterprise off the Philippines, 19 Oct 1944. Note the solid castor type tail wheel necessary for carrier operations.

19 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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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945