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Russian Front
Soviet Voronezh Front and Steppe Front attacking in and around Kharkov
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Luftwaffe fighter ace Erich Hartmann claims two victories but his aircraft is damaged by debris and crashes behind Soviet lines where he is captured before escaping and returning to duty
   Air operations in the Russo-German War, 1941-1945
   Erich Hartmann

Germany
Luftwaffe loses 12 fighters in daylight operations in defense of the Reich and occupied territory against Allied strategic bombing
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   German defenses against Allied strategic bombing

Netherlands
US 8th Air Force attacks Gilze-Rijen and Flushing airfields with 93 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

Belgium
RAF Fighter Command Ramrod operation
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Fighter Command: Operations and missions

France
RAF Fighter Command Ramrod operation
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Fighter Command: Operations and missions

US 8th Air Force attacks Amiens with 36 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 8th Air Force attacks Poix with 35 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

United Kingdom
Convoy ONS 16 departs Liverpool for Halifax
   Atlantic convoys

Portugal
General Smith and General Strong arrive from Eisenhower's HQ to discuss military aspects of surrender of Badoglio government with Italian representative, accompanied by British General Carton de Wiart, released from Italian POW camp
   Italian campaign, 1943-1945: Politics and diplomacy
   Surrender of Italy
   General Walter Bedell Smith
   General Kenneth Strong
   General Adrian Carton de Wiart

Egypt
Convoy MKF 22 departs Port Said for the Clyde
   Naval operations in the Mediterranean, 1943-1945
   Atlantic convoys

Canada
Quadrant Conference in Quebec continues with Churchill and Roosevelt and their delegations
   Quebec conference, August 1943
   Winston Churchill
   Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Solomon Islands
US 43rd Infantry Division captures Japanese artillery positions on Baanga Island, ending bombardment of Munda airfield on New Georgia Island
   Central Solomons campaign, February - October 1943

Australia
IJN submarine I-17 sunk by RNZN corvette Tui off eastern Australia
   Naval operations in Australian waters, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks

New Guinea
Australian 17th Infantry Brigade captures Komiatum in Mubo-Salamaua sector
   Operations in Northeast New Guinea and Netherlands New Guinea, 1943-1945

Japanese units withdraw from Mt Tambu and Komiatum Ridge, opening the route to Salamaua
   Operations in Northeast New Guinea and Netherlands New Guinea, 1943-1945

US 5th Air Force aircraft attack multiple targets
   Operations in Northeast New Guinea and Netherlands New Guinea, 1943-1945
   Air operations in Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks, 1942-1945

East Indies
US 5th Air Force aircraft attack Saumlakki in the Moluccas and targets on Timor Island
   Operations in the East Indies, 1942-1945
   Air operations in the East Indies

IJN auxiliary sub chaser Cha-109 sunk by USN submarine Finback off Celebes Island
   Operations in the East Indies, 1942-1945
   Naval operations in the East Indies
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945


Dates are local to the time zone in which the event occurred, but discrepancies and inconsistencies abound throughout the sources, especially when events ocurred shortly before or after midnight.

Entries on file for this date: 19
Total entries on file: 61,992
Updated: 22:06 Pacific Time on 19 August 2014

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Principal sources for this War Diary
Alden. U.S. Submarine Attacks during World War II
Argyle. Chronology of World War II
Brown. Warship Losses of World War Two
Browning. US Merchant Vessel Casualties of World War II
Carter and Mueller. Combat Chronology, 1941-1945
Cressman. The Official Chronology of the US Navy in World War II
Edelheit and Edelheit. A World in Turmoil
Foreman. Fighter Command War Diaries (five volumes)
Goralski. World War II Almanac, 1931-1945
Hague. The Allied Convoy System
Hammel. Air War Europa
Hammel. Air War Pacific
Hauner. Hitler: A Chronology of His Life and Time
Kay. Chronology: New Zealand in the War, 1939-1946
Middlebrook and Everitt. Bomber Command War Diaries
Niestle. German U-Boat Losses during World War II
Rohwer. Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two
Rohwer. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two
Rohwer. Chronology of the War at Sea
Salmaggi and Pallavisini. 2194 Days of War
Sommerville. World War II Day by Day
Swain. A Chronology of Australian Armed Forces at War, 1939-45
Taylor. Barbarossa to Berlin (two volumes)
Williams. Chronology, 1941-1945
Young. Britain's Sea War

Various other Chronology volumes also served as sources.

Many additional volumes were consulted for specific topics.
 

 

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