World War Two History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 333

  • 1942-03-29 Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city
  • 1942-04-28 "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll
  • 1942-05-03 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
  • 1942-05-05 US begins rationing sugar during WW II
  • 1942-05-10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign
  • 1942-05-18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1942-05-30 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WW II
  • 1942-06-04 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II

Victory in Battle

1942-06-07 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Chester Nimitz wins 1st World War II naval defeat of Japan

  • 1942-06-11 US and USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II
  • 1942-06-22 Jewish Brigade attached by British Army in WW II, forms
  • 1942-06-23 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales
  • 1942-06-25 British RAF stages a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen, Germany (WWII)
  • 1942-07-04 1st American bombing missions over Nazi Germany-occupied Europe (WWII)
  • 1942-07-18 Test flight of German Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time
  • 1942-07-23 World War II: Operation Edelweiss (a German plan to gain control over the Caucasus) begins

Historic Event

1942-08-19 World War II: General Friedrich Paulus orders the German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad

  • 1942-08-19 World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1942-08-21 World War II: German soldiers plant the Nazi flag on Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus
  • 1942-08-23 World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry
  • 1942-09-09 1st bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon during WWII by Japanese planes
  • 1942-10-12 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance
  • 1942-10-23 During WWII, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
  • 1942-11-08 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
  • 1942-11-11 Germany completes its WWII occupation of France
  • 1942-11-12 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 1942-11-15 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
  • 1942-11-20 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1942-12-01 With WWII travel restrictions in mind, MLB owners decide to restrict travel to a 3-trip schedule rather than customary 4; Spring training in 1943 limited to locations north of Potomac or Ohio rivers and east of the Mississippi
  • 1942-12-04 US bombers strike Italian mainland for first time in WW II

Historic Invention

1942-12-22 World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon

  • 1943-01-05 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II

Conference of Interest

1943-01-13 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca, French Morocco for a conference of Allied forces in World War II

Casablanca Conference

1943-01-14 World War II: Casablanca Conference begins between Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other Allied representatives

Historic Event

1943-01-14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel overseas by airplane

  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-15 World War II: The Soviets begin a counter-offensive at Voronezh
  • 1943-02-02 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1943-02-09 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ending the epic World War II battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
  • 1943-02-14 The Soviet Union recaptures the city of Rostov-on-Don, liberating Russia from the German 17th Army during WWII
  • 1943-02-16 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov
  • 1943-02-24 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
  • 1943-03-03 Bethnal Green Tube disaster: 173 die in a stampede sheltering in an air raid, UK's greatest loss of civilian life in WWII (details censored till January 20 1945)

Historic Event

1943-03-14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"

  • 1943-03-29 Meat (784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI's), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II
  • 1943-04-05 Mortsel, Belgium: Allies target Minerva car factory, used for repairing Luftwaffe planes for bombing raid; collateral damage from missed targets kills 936 civilians, Belgium's greatest loss of WWII
  • 1943-04-06 British & US armies link up in Africa during WW II
  • 1943-05-01 Food rationing begins in the United States during World War II
  • 1943-05-17 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams
  • 1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
  • 1943-07-12 World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1943-07-19 500 allied air forces raid Rome during WW II
  • 1943-07-28 Operation Gomorrah: RAF bombing over Hamburg causes a firestorm that kills 42,600 German civilians
  • 1943-08-05 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky
  • 1943-08-25 US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
  • 1943-09-08 Italy surrenders to Allies in WWII
  • 1943-09-17 World War II: Soviet city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazi control
  • 1943-10-01 Allied forces captured Naples during WW II
  • 1943-10-26 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1943-10-31 World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1943-12-03 World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins

Battle of Interest

1944-01-03 World War II: Top Ace Major Pappy Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Japanese Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero

  • 1944-01-22 Allied forces begin landing at Anzio on the Italian mainland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy
  • 1944-01-30 World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • 1944-02-03 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1944-02-20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers
  • 1944-02-22 World War II: US Army Air Forces accidentally bomb Dutch town of Nijmegen, around 800 civilians die
  • 1944-04-05 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans

D-Day

1944-04-07 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul's School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings

Historic Event

1944-06-05 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel goes on leave just before WWII D-Day landings by the Allies

  • 1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • 1944-06-06 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France
  • 1944-06-10 World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls
  • 1944-07-15 Greenwich Royal Observatory in London damaged by WW II flying bomb [1]
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed

Historic Event

1944-08-13 Allied generals Bernard Montgomery, Miles Dempsey and Omar Bradley discuss a future breakthrough in the European theatre during World War II

Historic Event

1944-08-18 Chartres freed by US 3rd Army forces during WWII led by General George S. Patton

  • 1944-09-02 Future US President George H. W. Bush bails from a burning plane during a mission in the Pacific
  • 1944-09-12 Noorbeek becomes the first liberated community in the Netherlands during World War II
  • 1944-09-17 Operation Market Garden: In the largest airborne operation of WWII, Allied paratroopers land in the Netherlands in a failed attempt to capture the Arnhem bridge over the Rhine
  • 1944-09-26 World War II: Battle of Arnhem ends in Allied failure as German forces link up on both sides of the Lower Rhine river and mop up last British resistance
  • 1944-10-13 US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during World War II
  • 1944-10-18 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
  • 1944-10-21 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
  • 1944-10-23 Battle of Gulf of Leyte begins - largest naval battle of WWII near the Philippines
  • 1944-10-30 Sweden announces intention to stay neutral & refuse sanctuary in WW II
  • 1944-10-30 Tholen Island (Netherlands) freed during WWII
  • 1944-11-01 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
  • 1944-11-19 World War II: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1944-11-25 World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.
  • 1944-12-03 Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations
  • 1944-12-31 World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 191 of 191

  • 1909-02-03 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • 1909-07-20 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • 1910-01-16 David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1910-02-05 Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1910-02-10 Dominique Pire, Belgian educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1910-02-21 Douglas Bader, British pilot and WWII flying ace during WWII, born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1910-03-16 Martijn Lijnema, boer/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1910-05-05 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WWII)
  • 1910-07-04 Francis D. Foley, US Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1910-07-28 Clive Caldwell, Australian fighter pilot who shot down 28.5 aircraft during WWII, born in Lewisham, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1910-08-29 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)

Raemer SchreiberRaemer Schreiber (1910-1998)

1910-11-11 American physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, born in McMinnville, Oregon

  • 1910-12-09 Stephen Jurika, American naval officer (WWII Doolittle raid over Tokyo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1911-02-09 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • 1911-05-28 Jean-Pierre Levy, French resistance leader during WWII, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • 1911-07-08 Ken Farnes, English cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years), born in Leytonstone, England (d. 1941)
  • 1911-08-01 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), born in Quetta, British India (d. 2005)
  • 1911-09-29 Reginald Victor Jones, British scientist who worked in military intelligence in WWII, born in London, England (d. 1997)

Clare HollingworthClare Hollingworth (1911-2017)

1911-10-10 British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, born in Knighton, England

  • 1912-03-22 Henri Rousselot, French admiral (submarine commander during WWII), born in Lorraine, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912-03-30 Jack Cowie, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 45 wickets; Auckland CA) and umpire (3 Tests 1956–59), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1994)
  • 1912-04-28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • 1912-07-18 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), born in Fairbanks, Alaska (d. 1993)
  • 1912-08-04 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews), born in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1912-08-30 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)

Pappy BoyingtonPappy Boyington (1912-1988)

1912-12-04 American combat pilot and US Marine Corps Fighter Ace during World War II, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • 1913-06-28 Walter Oesau, German fighter pilot (WWII), born in Farnewinkel, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1914-01-01 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and British Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1914-02-17 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1959)
  • 1914-03-26 Ian McGeoch, Scottish Vice-Admiral with Royal Navy (submarine HMS Splendid WWII), born in Helensburgh, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1914-05-28 W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British WWII flying ace, born in Madras, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-03 Ronald George "Tim" Woodman, British WWII pilot, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-24 Pearl Witherington, British WW II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1914-11-09 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1995)
  • 1914-12-09 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1996)
  • 1915-01-29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1915-03-23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • 1915-04-03 Paul Touvier, French Nazi collaborator in World War II called the "Hangman of Lyon" and convicted war criminal, born in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jabron, France (d. 1996)
  • 1915-07-11 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, born in Madison, Florida (d. 1941)
  • 1915-10-11 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, born in Santiago, Philippines (d. 2016) [1]
  • 1915-11-25 Ron Hamence, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII), born in Hindmarsh, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1915-12-13 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, born in Vilnius, Lithuania (d. 1981)
  • 1916-01-09 Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker, born in Streatham, London (d. 2004)
  • 1916-02-26 Ross Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1916-03-17 Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral, Fleet Air Arm pilot of the WWII
  • 1916-04-22 Yvette Lundy, French resistance fighter during WWII, born in Oger, France (d. 2019)
  • 1916-07-02 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, born in Konradswaldau, German Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1916-07-04 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), born in Los Angeles (d. 2006)

Lyudmila PavlichenkoLyudmila Pavlichenko (1916-1974)

1916-07-12 Soviet sniper during World War II known as 'Lady Death' - the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills, born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, Russian Empire

  • 1916-07-19 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1916-08-25 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, born in Saga District, Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-05 Len Wilkinson, English cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 7 wickets; Lancashire CCC), born in Northwich, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916-11-20 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, born in Voorburg, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1917-01-26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1917-02-22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1917-03-10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII
  • 1917-07-27 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2002)
  • 1917-12-14 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • 1918-04-23 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1918-05-10 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, born in Wawaset Park, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1918-06-13 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, born in Pyrehne, Landsberg (d. 1944)
  • 1918-09-11 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1918-09-30 Lewis Nixon, American WWII soldier (depicted in "Band of Brothers), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1918-11-18 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero, born in Nelson, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1919-04-05 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1919-04-15 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), born in Conoor near Poona, India (d. 1996)
  • 1919-10-14 Edward L. Feightner, American rear-admiral (WW II-Santa Cruz Islands), born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1920-01-30 Carwood Lipton, American WWII veteran, born in Huntingon, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1920-12-24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine, born in Berdyansk, Ukraine (d. 1944)

Joseph A. WalkerJoseph A. Walker (1921-1966)

1921-02-20 American experimental physicist, World War II and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outer space), born in Washington, Pennsylvania

  • 1921-02-28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1921-03-02 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1921-06-26 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1921-07-09 Jacob J. Hage, Dutch farmer and WW II resistance fighter
  • 1921-10-29 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), born in Mountain Park, New Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-19 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), born in Weissach, Württemberg, Weimar Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1922-04-23 Boy Ecury [Segundo Jorge Adelberto Ecury], member of the Dutch Resistance in World War II, born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1944)
  • 1922-06-26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • 1922-12-12 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-05 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1923-07-03 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1923-07-28 Kent L Lee, US vice-admiral (WW II-Marianas/Palau)
  • 1924-04-12 Julius Moormann, Dutch student and resistance fighter (WWII), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1924-05-14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1927-01-14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 212

  • 1970-03-31 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WWII), dies at 75
  • 1970-05-12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier (1884-1970)

1970-10-10 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, dies at 86

  • 1971-05-28 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), killed in a plane crash at 46
  • 1971-08-17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal during WWII, convicted of war crimes, dies at 91
  • 1972-01-03 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • 1972-03-30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1973-06-08 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78

Robert Watson-WattRobert Watson-Watt (1892-1973)

1973-12-05 Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov (1896-1974)

1974-06-18 Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, dies at 77

  • 1974-07-14 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83

Lyudmila PavlichenkoLyudmila Pavlichenko (1916-1974)

1974-10-10 Soviet sniper during World War II and the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills, dies of a stroke at 58

  • 1974-12-06 Nikolay Kuznetsov, Russian naval commander (Admiral of the Fleet during World War II), dies at 70
  • 1975-01-02 Theo Osterkamp, German fighter pilot, dies at 82

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

1976-03-24 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • 1976-10-09 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, dies at 82
  • 1977-07-21 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), dies at 70
  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • 1978-02-09 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII and war criminal responsible for the Ardeatine massacre, dies at 70
  • 1978-04-16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • 1978-09-24 Hasso von Manteuffel, German WWII general (5th Panzer Army) and politician, dies at 81
  • 1978-10-10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1980-02-17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76

Omar BradleyOmar Bradley (1893-1981)

1981-04-08 American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), dies of cardiac arrhythmia at 88

  • 1981-04-15 John Thach, American WWII naval aviator (developed the Thach Weave) & USN admiral, dies at 75
  • 1981-06-17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • 1981-07-12 Ben Seijes, historian (WWII), dies at 73
  • 1982-01-19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1982-05-14 Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister who unsuccessfully attempted to establish a Belgian government in London during World War II, dies at 80
  • 1982-07-08 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • 1982-09-05 Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
  • 1982-09-10 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, dies at 100
  • 1982-12-18 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, dies at 66
  • 1983-12-11 Neil Ritchie, British General (commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa in WWII), dies at 86
  • 1987-04-08 Francis C. Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea), dies at 90
  • 1987-04-19 Maxwell D. Taylor, American army general, (WWII Commander 101st airborne), Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1962-64), dies at 85
  • 1987-08-06 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • 1987-10-25 Cecil Brown, American war correspondent (worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during WW II), dies at 80
  • 1987-11-26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71

Pappy BoyingtonPappy Boyington (1912-1988)

1988-01-11 American combat pilot and US Marine Corps Fighter Ace during World War II, dies of cancer at 75

  • 1988-06-25 Axis Sally [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 1989-11-25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1990-02-07 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)

A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor (1906-1990)

1990-09-07 English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

  • 1990-10-11 Douglas Edwards, American newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1990-11-14 Malcolm Muggeridge, WW II spy for Britain, dies at 87
  • 1992-04-30 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies
  • 1993-01-25 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • 1993-02-08 Paul Brickhill, Dutch-American WW II pilot and physician, dies
  • 1993-02-28 Fer A Olthoff, Dutch WW II resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
  • 1993-07-11 Henri van Soede, sub commandant (WWII), dies at about 83
  • 1993-07-21 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1993-09-20 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), dies at 71
  • 1993-12-20 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • 1994-08-23 Henri Rousselot, French admiral (submarine commander WWII), dies at 82
  • 1994-12-11 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish-British general-major (WWII), dies at 102
  • 1995-03-13 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), dies at 82
  • 1995-05-17 Paul D. Stoop, American vice-admiral (WW II-Coral Sea), dies at 90
  • 1995-08-02 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, dies at 80
  • 1995-08-29 Harry Broadhurst, British Royal Air Force commander and flying ace of the Second World War, dies at 89
  • 1996-04-14 James Sargent Russell, US pilot and admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean), dies at 93
  • 1996-07-17 Paul Touvier, French Nazi collaborator in World War II called the "Hangman of Lyon" and convicted war criminal, dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 1996-09-14 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1996-09-20 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, dies at 81
  • 1996-12-11 W. G. G. Duncan-Smith, British WWII fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1996-12-16 Jean-Pierre Levy, French resistance leader during WWII, dies at 85
  • 1997-05-31 Rosie Will Monroe, American WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • 1997-09-22 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1997-12-06 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • 1997-12-17 Reginald Victor Jones, British scientist who worked in military intelligence in WWII, dies at 86

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1998-12-24 American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

  • 1999-11-08 Francis D. Foley, American Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), dies at 89
  • 2000-07-12 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
  • 2000-09-22 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • 2000-11-02 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, dies at 76
  • 2001-07-26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2002-07-21 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), dies at 84
  • 2002-09-03 Len Wilkinson, English cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 7 wickets; Lancashire CCC), dies at 85
  • 2003-01-22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • 2003-12-31 Arthur R. von Hippel German physicist (pioneer in the study of dielectrics, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, and semiconductors and was a codeveloper of radar during World War II), dies at 105
  • 2004-04-18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2005-07-28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • 2006-03-22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2006-06-25 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect and WWII resistance fighter, dies at 88
  • 2006-06-28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2006-09-26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • 2006-11-12 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007-01-02 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • 2007-08-12 Ian McGeoch, Scottish Vice-Admiral with Royal Navy (submarine HMS Splendid WWII), dies at 93
  • 2007-10-11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2008-05-12 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • 2008-06-16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2008-09-03 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, dies at 90
  • 2009-06-17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2010-04-08 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2010-12-23 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2011-08-07 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • 2012-01-02 Gordon Hirabayashi, American sociologist & opponent to Japanese-American internment, dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2012-07-21 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96