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Soviet Union
Stalin agrees to allow US aircraft to use Soviet airbases for shuttle bombing operations
   Soviet-American relations
   USAAF in the Soviet Union
   Operation Frantic
   Josef Stalin

Russian Front
Soviet 2nd Shock Army crosses into Estonia and captures Vanakula
   Baltic flank of the Russian front, 1943-1945

German III SS Panzer Korps withdrawing to the Narva
   Baltic flank of the Russian front, 1943-1945

Soviet 13th Army and 60th Army attacking around Lutsk and Rovno
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

German forces conduct unsuccessful attacks against Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Soviet 3rd Ukrainiah Front and 4th Ukrainian Front attacking German 6th Army in the Dniepr River bend
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Baltic Sea
Kriegsmarine vessel V-1702 sunk in accidental collision with U-987
   Naval operations in the Baltic Sea
   The U-Boat war, 1939-1945

France
RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force Ramrod operations against V-weapons sites
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   2nd Tactical Air Force: Operations and missions
   V-weapons offensive and defenses, 1944-1945

US 8th Air Force attacks V-weapons sites with 96 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions
   V-weapons offensive and defenses, 1944-1945

US 9th Air Force attacks Triqueville with 36 bombers
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944

North Sea
RAF Bomber Command sends 50 aircraft on minelaying operations overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

Hungary
US 15th Air Force attacks Budapest
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in the Balkans, the Aegean, and the Adriatic, 1942-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

Albania
US 15th Air Force attacks Durazzo
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in the Balkans, the Aegean, and the Adriatic, 1942-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

Aegean Sea
German vessel Leda sunk by RAF aircraft off Amorgos
   Operations in Dodecanese Islands, Aegean Islands, and islands in other Greek waters, 1942-1945
   Naval operations in the Aegean and the Adriatic, 1942-1945
   Air operations in the Balkans, the Aegean, and the Adriatic, 1942-1945

Italy
US II Corps attacking around Cassino
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944

US VI Corps in Anzio beachhead digging in for defense
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944

US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Marino, Norma, Viterbo, and other targets
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

RN cruiser Orion and Dutch gunboat Soemba bombard Formia
   Naval operations in Italian waters, 1943-1945

Mussolini's Italian Social Republic orders arrest of all Jews
   Italy: Home front and occupation
   Italy: The Holocaust
   Benito Mussolini

Pacific Ocean
Japanese vessel No. 5 Toyo Maru sunk by USN submarine Plunger
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945

Japanese vessel No. 8 Toyo Maru sunk by USN submarine Plunger
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945

Marshall Islands
US 4th Marine Division completes capture of Namur Island at Kwajalein Atoll
   Landings on Kwajalein Atoll, January - February 1944
   Operations in the Marshall Islands

US 7th Infantry Division attacking on Kwajalein Island at Kwajalein Atoll
   Landings on Kwajalein Atoll, January - February 1944
   Operations in the Marshall Islands

Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58 attack Japanese positions at Kwajalein Atoll
   Landings on Kwajalein Atoll, January - February 1944
   Operations in the Marshall Islands
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945

Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58 attack Japanese shipping and installations at Eniwetok Atoll
   Landings on Eniwetok Atoll, February 1944
   Operations in the Marshall Islands
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945

US 7th Air Force aircraft attack Rongelap Atoll
   Operations in the Marshall Islands
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945

US 7th Air Force aircraft attack Mille Atoll
   Operations in the Marshall Islands
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945

IJN submarine RO-39 sunk by USN destroyer Walker off Wotje Atoll
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area

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

Bismarck Archipelago
US 5th Air Force aircraft attack various targets on New Britain
   Operations in the Bismarcks, 1943-1945
   Air operations in Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks, 1942-1945

Japan
IJA nuclear atomic research group, NI-go, reports many obstacles
   Japan: Atomic weapons

East China Sea
Japanese vessel Katsura Maru runs aground and sinks
   Naval operations in Chinese waters, 1937-1945

China
Chiang Kai-shek continues to insist on Allied amphibious operation in Bay of Bengal
   China - Burma - India theater and the Indian Ocean, 1941-1945: Politics and diplomacy
   Sino-American relations
   Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek


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: 33
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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