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25 Oct 1944
  • During the first major special attack conducted by the Japanese Navy, pilot Yukio Seki sank carrier USS St. Lo while another suicide pilot damaged carrier USS Santee. ww2dbase [Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine | Yukio Seki | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler issued orders on combating youth gangs such as Edelweiss Pirates, which had been known to harbor deserters, escaped prisoners of war, and escaped concentration camp prisoners. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured the German base at Kirkenes, Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Cassin Young screened carriers while their aircraft engaged in the Battle off Cape Engaño. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Cassin Young | CPC]
  • USS Cod attacked a large Japanese convoy with all of her remaining torpedoes; all torpedoes missed. She shadowed the convoy for another day to report its movements before returning to her home port. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • 34 American B-24 Liberator bombers that were originally destined for the synthetic oil plans at Gelsenkirchen, Germany were diverted to Münster instead, causing much destruction. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Pintado chased Japanese light cruiser Tama in assistance of USS Jallao off the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • Edward Brooks took command of the US VI Corps. ww2dbase [Edward Brooks | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California where she unloaded all ammunition and fuel oil before commencing repairs. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Nicholas screened Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf’s cruiser column as they made their withdrawal following the Battle of Surigao Strait. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea China
  • USS Tang attacked a Japanese transport, but the Mark 18 electric torpedo she fired circled back and hit Tang, sinking her. Only 9 of the crew of 83 survived the sinking. ww2dbase [Tang | Mark XVIII | Taiwan Strait | CPC]
Dutch East Indies French Morocco
  • After 30 days hunting for submarines in the mid-Atlantic without success, Task Group 22.2 centered around escort carrier USS Card arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco for two days' rest and replenishment. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Card | Casablanca | DS]
Germany Italy Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese convoy with two salvos of torpedoes southwest of Kagoshima, Japan. All four torpedoes of the first salvo missed. Four of the six torpedoes of the second salvo made contact, three hitting (and sinking) oil tanker Jinei Maru and one hitting a freighter. She remained under water for several hours due to counterattacks by the convoy escorts. Surfacing later, she spotted a Japanese hospital ship and allowed it to continue her journey. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Kagoshima | CPC]
Marshall Islands Pacific Ocean Philippines United States Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1944
Chikuma during the battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944ZuikakuZuikakuZuikaku
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25 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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