August 23, 1944 (Wednesday)

threatening shadow of a V-1

The threatening shadow of a V-1 on the flight to England over the sea. Even the exhaust fumes are visible.

WESTERN FRONT
Allied forces capture Evreux (Normandy), Melun (southeast of Paris) and Marseilles; Americans reach Grenoble. Eisenhower vetoes Montgomery’s plan for bold drive through Low Countries into Northwest Germany.

SEA WAR
Schnorkel U-boats operate around Scottish coast until early October; only U-482 (5 sinkings) achieves any success.

AIR WAR
211 people killed by V-1 at East Barnet (London).

HOME FRONTS
Britain: B-24 Liberator bomber crashes on infants’ school at Freckleton (Lancs): 57 killed.
Rumania: King Michael dismisses and arrests the dictator, Antonescu, and sanctions formation of ‘peace’ government under General Sanatescu. Luftwaffe bombs Bucharest.

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