October 6th, 1944
UNITED KINGDOM: No.6 (RCAF) Group, RAF Bomber Command, deploys its largest sortie of the war with 523 aircraft involved. (Jack McKillop)
Eighth Air Force flies 2 missions.
* Mission 667: 1,271 bombers and 784 fighter are dispatched to hit industrial targets in northern Germany; with one exception, all attacks are visual; 19 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:
- 447 B-17s are dispatched to hit Stargard Airfield (199), aircraft factories at Neubrandenburg (73) and Stettin (12); targets of opportunity are Stralsund (110), Kappeln (36), Freienwalde (1) and other (1); 1 B-17 is lost. Escort is provided by 180 P-51s; they claim 3-1-3 aircraft in the air and 30-0-14 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost.
- 418 B-17s are dispatched to Berlin to hit a munitions dump at Berlin/Spandau (144), aircraft factories at Berlin/Spandau (138) and tank factory at Berlin/Tegel (100); 10 hit a target of opportunity. 17 B-17s arelost. Escort is provided by 363 P -51s; they claim 15-0-5 aircraft; a P-51 is lost.
- 406 B-24s are dispatched to hit Harburg/Rhenania oil refinery (121) with PFF methods, munitions dump at Hamburg/Glinde (89) and aircraftfactories at Hamburg/Klockner (79) and Wenzendorf (46); targets of opportunity are Stade Airfield (29), the Hamburg area (8), Nordhoz Airfield (2), Bremervorde (1) and Ottersberg (1); a B-24 is lost. Escort is provided by 156 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft in the air.
* Mission 668: 6 B-24s and 4 B-17s drop leaflets in Germany, the Netherlands and France during the night without loss.
This is the USAAF's largest mission to date. In the first significant fighter actions of the month, 8th and 9th AF fighter pilots down 22 GAF fighters over Germany between 1100 and 1650 hours. (Jack McKillop and Skip Guidry)
WESTERN EUROPE:300+ Ninth Air Force B-26s and A-20 Havocs hit marshalling yards, barracks, and ammunition dump at Hengelo, the Netherlands and Duren, Germany and bridges at Arnhem, the Netherlands and Aldenhoven, Germany; in Germany, fighters fly armed reconnaissance in the Dusseldorf, Aachen, Trier, Dieuze, and Koblenz areas, sweeps and patrols in forward areas, attack railroads in the Dorsel area, and support the First, Third, and Seventh Armies' forces in eastern France and western Germany. (Jack McKillop)
BELGIUM: Attacks by the Canadian II Corps begin south of the Scheldt between the Leopold canal and the river near Breskens. Due to flooded conditions the going is slow.
GERMANY: U-3022 is laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
HUNGARY: Soviets cross the border into Czechoslovakia and launch an offensive near Arad.
BALTIC SEA: Finnish Navy units arrive to support landings to Tornio. (Dave Shirlaw)
ITALY: Weather cancels all bombing operations but 35 Fifteenth Air Force P-38s strafe airfields at Sedhes, Megalo Mikra, Megara, Eleusis, and Tatoi, and 55 P-51s strafe Kalamaki airfield in Greece. (Jack McKillop)
BURMA: 20+ Tenth Air Force P-47 Thunderbolts bomb troop concentrations in Mawlu and Bilumyo and damage an approach to bridge at Seywa; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Hsenwi, damaging the main bridge but causing little harm to bypass bridges. Transport operations continue on large scale in the CBI. (Jack McKillop)
CHINA: 12 Fourteenth Air Force B-25s bomb Wucbou and attack boats and other targets of opportunity in the Canton area; and 50+ P-40s and P-51 Mustangs on armed reconnaissance over areas of China south of the Yangtze River attack rivercraft, bridges, town areas, troop concentrations and targets of opportunity along the north French Indochina coast. (Jack McKillop)
Roosevelt agrees to remove Stilwell from the post of chief of staff to Chiang Kai-shek. Stilwell retains command of Chinese troops in Burma and Yunnan province.
CENTRAL PACIFIC: Seventh Air Force B-24s from Saipan Island hit Iwo Jima in harassment attacks during the night of 6/7 October. In the Marshall Islands, a B-24 from Kwajalein Atoll bombs a heavy gun battery on Emidj Island, Jaluit Atoll. During the night of 6/7 October, 3 B-24s bomb Wake Island. (Jack McKillop)
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC: Far East Air Forces P-38s hit Kaoe Airfield and shipping near Djailolo on Halmahera Island. In the Ceram Island-Amboina, Ambon Island-Boeroe, Sunda Island area B-25s and P-38s attack Namlea on Buru Island, Waai on Celebes Island, Amahai on Ceram Island, and several small craft. In New Guinea, P-47s bomb Kaimana. (Jack McKillop)
U-168 (Type IXC) is sunk at 0130hrs in the Java Sea, at position 06.20S, 111.28E, by a torpedo from the Dutch submarine HNLMS Zwaardvisch (A British T Class construction). 23 dead, 27 survivors. The Zwaardvisch took aboard five survivors, the remaining 22 are passed to a fishing boat with instruction to land them in Japanese controlled territory. This duly occurs and the crew are landed in a village on south coast of Java near to Soerabaja (modern day JogJakarta). The German base commander is notified by the Kempi Tai, and drove, along with the Japanese commander, to see his men. The Japanese commander berated the Germans for allowing themselves to be captured - something a Japanese would never do. (Jim Paterson)
The boat was intercepted, after the allies, through code breaking efforts, learned of its exact position and time of arrival at several navigation points. After that it was a very simple ambush. (Alex Gordon)
CANADA: Corvette HMCS West York is commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)U.S.A.: Baseball!
Submarine USS Tench is commissioned.
Frigate USS Uniontown is commissioned.
Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-270 was commissioned at New York with LTJG O. T. Fretz, Jr. as her commanding officer. She departed New York, 26 October 1944 for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war. She was decommissioned and her Coast Guard crew removed 10 October 1945.
Coast Guard manned Army vessel FS-318 was commissioned at Camden NJ with LT R. S. Graves, USCGR as her first commanding officer. He was succeeded on 29 September l945 by LTJG Richard S. True, USCGR. She departed New York on 21 November 1944 for the Southwest Pacific, where she operated during the war. She was decommissioned on 14 October.
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