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30 Oct 1944
  • USS Franklin was struck by a special attack aircraft, causing serious damage. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Tholen and Goes in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | CPC]
  • During an audience with Navy Minister Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, Emperor Showa noted "It is truly regrettable that it should be necessary to go to this extreme, but they have done well", referring to the suicide tokko attacks on American naval vessels. ww2dbase [Showa | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro made rendezvous with submarines USS Bream and USS Raton. After sundown, the wolfpack began attacking a Japanese convoy off Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • Squadron Leader Bill Gill of 124 squadron RAF shot down a Heinkel bomber (A1+BM0 of 4/KG53) in which Fe Theodor Warwas and his crew were killed. Gill claimed another as a probable kill but it was later entered as damaged. Gill reported that after his ammunition ran out he followed the enemy aircraft into cloud and noticed that the Heinkel aircraft's port engine had stopped and that there was no fire from the gunner. ww2dbase [HM]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
  • German SS-General Hermann H√∂fle and leader of the Slovakian government Jozef Tiso jointly announced the victory over the uprising at Bansk√° Bystrica, Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Slovak National Uprising | Bansk√° Bystrica | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Hungary
  • The German counterattack near Debrecen, Hungary was called off, with the Germans claiming 25,000 enemy troops killed and 600 tanks destroyed; Soviet forces responded by starting their own offensive in the region. ww2dbase [Budapest Strategic Offensive Operation | Debrecen | TH]
Italy Japan
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Sasebo, Japan, escorting carrier Junyo and cruiser Kiso for the Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • Unryu arrived at Kure, Japan and became the flagship of Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa's Mobile Fleet. ww2dbase [Unryu | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 114 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island departed the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
Sweden Taiwan
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Kirun, Taihoku | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1944
German prisoners marching along Joseph-von-Görres-Straße, Aachen, Germany, circa late Oct 1944Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note MugfordCruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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