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23 Oct 1944
  • HMS Activity arrived in Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Franklin launched strikes in the Manila Bay area at Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Croaker sank a Japanese freighter with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired and damaged a schooner. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Snook attacked a Japanese convoy over the course of the day, firing a total of 20 torpedoes. Scoring 7 total hits, she sank passenger-cargo ship Shinsei Maru Number 1, tanker Kikusui Maru, and passenger ship Arisan Maru (which was carrying 1,800 American prisoners of war, many of whom did not survive). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tang attacked an escorted Japanese convoy consisted of three tankers, one transport, and one freighter. She penetrated to the center of the convoy without being detected and fired nine torpedoes, eight of which found targets. All five ships were sunk, and Tang was able to escape unharmed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After dark, USS Guitarro spotted the Japanese Center Force sailing toward the Philippine Islands and tracked this fleet through the Mindoro Strait. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Trepang arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Charles Alfred Evelyn Stanfield was named the commanding officer of HMS Mauritius. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first unmanned flight of the prototype Ohka aircraft was conducted over Sagami Bay, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Six TDR drones were flown against beached Japanese ships in Moisuru Bay, Bougainville and off the south end of the Kahili airstrip. Two TDRs scored a direct hits on a beached Japanese freighter serving as an antiaircraft gun platform at Kahili, and one hit another beached merchantman in Moisuru Bay. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
  • German III.Panzer Korps launched a counter attack near Debrecen, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Hungarian and German soldiers rounded up Jews in the city of Budapest, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British 78th Division captured Monte Spaduro, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 161 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 101. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita transferred his flag aboard Yamato after his former flagship Atago was sunk by submarine USS Darter. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish arrived at the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US submarines Darter and Dace detected a Japanese fleet in the Palawan Strait and reported the movement. Darter sank cruisers Atago and Maya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines Taiwan
  • A passenger aircraft crashed near the Taiwan Grand Shrine on Yuanshan Mountain in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, destroying a torii gate and other important structures of the shrine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A Japanese passenger transport plane that had just taken off from Matsuyama Airfield (now Songshan Airport) in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan lost control and crashed atop the mountain where the Taiwan Grand Shrine was located. The accident and resulting fires destroyed the Torii ceremonial archway, stone toro lanterns, and other structures. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Prototype of the Welkin II nightfighter took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Oct 1944
MacArthur and Osmeña en route to Leyte liberation ceremony, 23 Oct 1944MacArthur, Osmeña, Kreuger, Sutherland at Leyte liberation ceremony, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, 23 Oct 1944Guerilla leader Kangleon reports to MacArthur at Leyte liberation ceremoney, 23 Oct 1944Japanese 25mm dual mount anti-aircraft gun in its revetment on the causeway to Cabras Island, Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands, 23 Oct 1944
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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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