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Russian Front
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front attacking north of Budapest
   Southern flank of the Russian Front, 1944-1945

Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front attacking south of Budapest
   Southern flank of the Russian Front, 1944-1945

Baltic Sea
RAF Bomber Command sends 14 aircraft on minelaying operations overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in the Baltic Sea

Germany
Thirteen V-2 rocket launches against Antwerp
   V-weapons offensive and defenses, 1944-1945
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

US 8th Air Force attacks Cologne with 32 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions
   Strategic bombing of Cologne

US 8th Air Force attacks Koblenz with 102 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 8th Air Force attacks Kaiserlautern with 74 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 8th Air Force attacks Mainz with 157 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 8th Air Force attacks Bonn and targets of opportunity with 24 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Eighth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 15th Air Force attacks Blechhammer and Odertal
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

US 15th Air Force attacks Graz, Vienna, and other targets
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

RAF Bomber Command sends 40 aircraft to attack Nuremburg overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

RAF Bomber Command sends 16 aircraft to attack Munster overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

RAF Bomber Command sends 236 aircraft to attack Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

Kriegsmarine training ship Schleswig-Holstein sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Zahringen sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

Kriegsmarine torpedo boat T-10 sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

U-262 sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945
   The U-Boat war, 1939-1945

Kriegsmarine depot ship Waldemar Kophamel sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Unitas sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Warthe sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Leverkusen sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Theresia L. M. Russ sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Heinz Horn sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

German vessel Blexen sunk by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

Several smaller vessels sunk and damaged by RAF Bomber Command aircraft at Gotenhafen (Gdynia) overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

Netherlands
One V-2 rocket launch against Antwerp
   V-weapons offensive and defenses, 1944-1945
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

Northwest Europe
US 9th Army captures Wurm and Muellendorf
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

Battle of the Bulge: German 6th Panzer Army attacking US 1st Army around Krinkelt, Malmedy, Stavelot, and Stoumont
   Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 - February 1945
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

Battle of the Bulge: German 5th Panzer Army attacking US 1st Army around St Vith, Houffalize, and Bastogne
   Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 - February 1945
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

US 3rd Army captures Dillingen and Nieder Gailbach
   Lorraine campaign, September - December 1944
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

US 7th Army attacking into Budenthal
   Alsace campaign, September - December 1944
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

French 1st Army captures Ammerschwihr
   Alsace campaign, September - December 1944
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945

Luftwaffe mounts more than 500 sorties in support of ground offensive
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force attacking ground targets and flying sweeps
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   2nd Tactical Air Force: Operations and missions

US 9th Air Force aircraft provide ground support, attack multiple targets, conduct armed recon missions, and fly sweeps, claiming over 40 Luftwaffe aircraft downed
   Winter battles in Northwest Europe, December 1944 - March 1945
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

US vessel Steel Traveller sunk by mine in Scheldt Estuary
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945

English Channel
British vessel Silverlaurel sunk by U-486
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945
   The U-Boat war, 1939-1945

United Kingdom
Convoy ON 273 departs Southend for New York City
   Atlantic convoys

U-1209 runs into Wolf Rock off Cornwall and sinks
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1944-1945
   The U-Boat war, 1939-1945

Poland
US 15th Air Force attacks Auschwitz
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

Czechoslovakia
US 15th Air Force attacks Moravska-Ostrava
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

Hungary
US 15th Air Force attacks Sopron
   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

Italy
US 12th Air Force aircraft provide ground support and attack targets in the Po valley
   Gothic Line to the Alps, August 1944 - May 1945
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

United States
Supreme Court rules in two cases that while the exclusion and internment program is constitutional, internment of loyal citizens is illegal
   United States: Home front and occupation
   Japanese-American internment

Pacific Ocean
USN 3rd Fleet, retiring from operations in the Philippines in order to replenish, slammed by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

USN destroyer Hull sunk by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

USN destroyer Monaghan sunk by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

USN destroyer Spence sunk by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

Eight USN aircraft carriers, a light cruiser, seven destroyers, three destroyer escorts, and other vessels damaged by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

Approximately 150 carrier-based aircraft destroyed by typhoon
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   Storms at sea

East Indies
US FEAF aircraft attack airfields on Borneo and Ceram Island and other targets
   Operations in the East Indies, 1942-1945
   Air operations in the East Indies

Philippine Islands
US 6th Army captures Valencia and its airfield on Leyte Island
   Philippines campaign, 1944-1945

US FEAF aircraft attack targets on Mindanao Island, Leyte Island, and elsewhere
   Philippines campaign, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the Philippines, 1944-1945

IJN midget sub Ha-76 unsuccessfully attacks USN warships and shipping off Mindoro Island
   Philippines campaign, 1944-1945
   Naval operations in the Philippines, 1942-1945

Japan
US 20th Air Force attacks Nagoya and other targets with 73 B-29 bombers flying from the Marianas, with four lost
   Air operations over the Japanese Home Islands, 1942-1945
   B-29 raids on Japanese Home Islands, 1944-1945

IJN auxiliary sub chaser Keisho Maru sunk by US aircraft off Nagoya
   Naval operations in Japanese waters
   Air operations over the Japanese Home Islands, 1942-1945

French Indochina
US 14th Air Force fighters conduct attacks
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

China
US 20th Air Force attacks Hankow with 84 B-29 bombers flying from Chengtu and dropping incendiaries for the first time
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force attacks Hankow with 33 B-24 bombers
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force fighters claim 25 Japanese aircraft downed over Hankow
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force attacks Wuchang with 23 bombers
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force attacks Siaokan and Kunlong with 13 bombers
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force attacks Kunlong with 20 fighters dropping napalm
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force fighters also attacks targets around Hochih, Nanning, Mengmao, and elsewhere
   Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

Burma
British 15th Corps advancing around Seinnyinbya in the Arakan
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945

US 10th Air Force attacks bridges at Wetlet and Saye with 12 bombers
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 10th Air Force attacks bridges at Hinlong and Wingkang with 17 fighters
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 10th Air Force attacks airfield at Nanwghkio with 11 fighters
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 10th Air Force attacks airfield at Anisakan, Hsumhsai, and Nawnghkio with 12 fighters
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 10th Air Force provides ground support for operations around Namhkam with 9 fighters
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 10th Air Force attack Japanese positions around Man Ton and Hseing-hkai with 17 fighters
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

US 14th Air Force attacks targets around Wanling
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater

RN Task Force 64 with destroyers Napier and Nepal and supporting warships bombards Japanese positions along the Arakan coast in support of 15th Corps operations
   Allied return to Burma and beyond, 1944-1945
   Naval operations in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal


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: 74
Total entries on file: 62,052
Updated: 19:49 Pacific Time on 16 October 2014

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Rohwer. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two
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Various other Chronology volumes also served as sources.

Many additional volumes were consulted for specific topics.
 

 

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