August 4, 1944 (Friday)

Gloster Meteor III

The first jet fighter of the RAF is also the only one of the Allies, which saw service in WW2; the twin-engined Gloster Meteor of the 616th Squadron of the 2nd Tactical Air Force.

WESTERN FRONT
British 2nd Army tanks reach Villers Bocage, for second time since ‘D-Day’.

AIR WAR
Gloster Meteor jet fighter in combat debut against V-1s.

ITALY
South African units of British 8th Army reach outskirts of Florence.

HOME FRONT: FINLAND
President Ryti resigns; Mannerheim takes over and forms ‘peace’ government.

HOME FRONT: USA
XP-47J Thunderbolt experi­mental fighter aircraft attains 811 km/hour in level flight.

SEA WAR
German E-boats fire T3D Dackel (‘Dachshund’) long-range torpedoes at shipping in Seine Bay (on 5 nights in August); only 2 ships hit.


  

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