Skip to comments.2,000 U.S. PLANES BATTER FRANCE, SMASHING AIRFIELDS AND COAST; GERMANS BOLSTERING DEFENSES (4/29/44)
Posted on 04/29/2014 4:12:05 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
#1 - Its Love Love Love - Guy Lombardo, with the Skip Nelson Trio
#2 I Love You Bing Crosby
#3 - Holiday for Strings David Rose
#4 - When They Ask about You - Jimmy Dorsey, with Kitty Kallen
#5 - Besame Mucho Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberly and Kitty Kallen
#6 San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby
#7 Ill Get By - Harry James, with Dick Haymes (reissue of 1941 recording)
#8 - I Love You Jo Stafford
#9 - Its Love Love Love King Sisters
#10 Besame Mucho Andy Russell
Kriegsmarine sinks Canadian destroyer
Saturday, April 29, 1944 www.onwar.com
HMCS Athabaskan [photo at link]
In the English Channel... During a nighttime sortie, the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan is sunk by the German Elbing class destroyer T-24 in the early morning hours. Her Captain, John Stubbs and 128 men were lost, 83 taken prisoner and 44 rescued.
In New Guinea... Captured Japanese airfields at Hollandia and Aitape become operational.
In the Caroline Islands... US Task Force 58 (Admiral Mitscher) raids the Japanese base at Truk.
April 29th, 1944 (SATURDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Hal Turell completes his 30th mission by flying to Berlin. Thirty out, thirty back. Hooray! (Hal Turell)
Slapton Sands, Devon: At least 638 American soldiers and sailors were killed when an “Overlord” training exercise codenames “Tiger” was attacked in the Channel by E-boats (German motor torpedo boats) in darkness. Some who took part in the exercise believe the death toll to be much higher because of a communications mix-up which also led to the men being shelled by their own warships on the beaches of Slapton Sands.
E-boats from Cherbourg slipped past patrolling British MTBs during the night of 27-28 April, sank LST (landing ship tank) 507 and LST 531, and torpedoed LST 289. Senior commanders were dismayed to learn that among the missing were ten men who had top-secret information about Overlord. All ten bodies have been recovered.
Some men involved in “Tiger” claim that some landing craft were not told of a one-hour postponement of the exercise and that men began going ashore while the naval bombardment continued.
Whilst pursuing German Elbing class torpedo boats T.27 and T.28 which were based at St.Malo, Tribal class destroyer HMS Athabaskan is struck aft by a torpedo which starts a fire and brings her to a standstill. Ten minutes later she exploded either due to a second torpedo hit or a magazine explosion. T.27 is driven aground by HMS Haida, and then returns to the site of the sinking to find about 100 of Athabaskans crew in the water. Haidas motorboat and a number of floats are left to aid the survivors, and then Haida heads for Devonport which is 100 miles away. Haidas motorboat loaded with survivors heads north and is chased by three German minesweepers before being escorted by a couple of Spitfires. Later the motorboat is met by a motor launch which took off the crew and survivors. (Alex Gordon)(108)
Minesweeper HMS Skipjack (ex-HMCS Sole Bay) commissioned.
Minesweeper HMS Skipjack commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-2325 laid down.
U-806, U-901, U-1056 commissioned.
U-1132 launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: U-421 sunk at 1200 in the Mediterranean near Toulon, France, in position 43.07N, 05.55E, by US bombs. (Dave Shirlaw)
COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: The Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-367 was commissioned April 29, 1944, with LTJG R.H. Greenless, USCGR, as commanding officer. She reached her final destination in the Philippines on 30 December 1944. In Operation L-3, near San Jose, Mindoro Island, Philippines, she anchored 500 yards off Bulong Point midway between Blue and White beaches. The USS Mariposa, Navy X-126, Liberty-type, converted oil tanker, dropped anchor about 300 yards away and some 800 yards from shore. At 1530 Japanese planes, in a sudden and devastating attack of shipping in the harbour sunk or damaged 24 ships. One crashed the USS Arturus, a PT-boat tender, which sank almost immediately. A second made a low level strafing and bombing attack on a group of LSTs unloading at White Beach blowing the stern off one of them and than turned on the Mariposa, into which it crash dived. The tanker immediately burst into flames and a number of the crew either were blown or jumped into the water. The FS- 367 went to her assistance. At the same time a third Japanese plane made a low-level attack on the destroyers outside the harbour, straddling two destroyers with bombs and finally crashing into the USS Ganesvoort, which immediately began to burn and settle in the water, being assisted by two other destroyers, in a sinking condition. Proceeding to assist the Mariposa, the FS-367 took several men aboard with her boarding net and James D. Ellis sighting a man struggling in the water and calling for help, dove into the water and supported him until both were picked up by an LSM. The FS-367 stayed alongside the Mariposa until all survivors had been taken off. About 1900 the FS-367 withdrew out of the line of fire of guns that were about to shell the Mariposa. Later, this was cancelled and the Ganesvoort launched 2 torpedoes into her. Immediately thereafter a great amount of burning gasoline spread over the bay making the FS-367’s anchorage unsafe. As she was preparing to move, the Ganesvoort requested she come alongside and take off her crew. By the time she had reached the destroyer, however, the gasoline had spread so widely that the Ganesvoort was in immediate danger of being engulfed. The FS-367, instead of stopping to take off personnel, warped alongside the destroyer and began towing her to a safe anchorage. While so occupied another alert sounded and a Japanese plane was shot down immediately overhead. The FS-367 finally got the Ganesvoort to safety several hundred yards off White Beach. The next day the Ganesvoort was abandoned by her crew in a sinking condition. No casualties ware suffered by the FS-367. She was decommissioned 24 September 1945. (Dave Shirlaw)
PACIFIC OCEAN: The captured airfields at Hollandia and Aitape are now in use by MacArthur’s forces.
Gunboat FS Tahure sunk off Hainan in position 13°02’N, 109°28’E by submarine USS Flasher. (Dave Shirlaw)
CAROLINE ISLANDS: Task Force 58, which had supported these landings, is now freed and begins a two-day attack against Truk Atoll. Today, 84 USN fighters fly a dawn sweep over Truk and during the day, USN aircraft shoot down 58 Japanese aircraft. During the night, Seventh Air Force B-24s, staging through Eniwetok Atoll from Kwajalein Atoll, bomb Truk and Jaluit Atolls.
U.S.A.: “San Fernando Valley” by Bing Crosby reaches Number 1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the U.S. This song, which debuted on the charts on 11 March 1944, was charted for 22 weeks, was Number 1 for 5 weeks and was ranked Number 8 for the year 1944. Also on this day, Helen Forrest’s record of “Time Waits For No One” makes it to the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The song is from the motion picture “Shine On, Harvest Moon” starring Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson, Dennis Morgan and Marie Wilson. This is her first single to make the charts and it stays there for 10 weeks reaching Number 2. (Jack McKillop)
Aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard launched.
Destroyer escort USS Woodson launched.
Submarines USS Barbero and Scabbardfish commissioned.
Minesweeper USS Impeccable commissioned.
Frigate USS Knoxville commissioned.
Destroyer USS Watts commissioned.
According to my list San Fernando Valley never made it to #1. According to the Billboard website the song was #31 for the year.
It is always interesting to know what was going on in the year of my birth,,,Thanks for your BLAST from the past postings.
"Joseph Darnand was a veteran of World War I and had long been associated with right-wing antisemitic groups in France.
He founded the Service d'ordre légionnaire (SOL), a collaborationist paramilitary group with about 15,000 members.
Darnand eventually became leader of the militia in Vichy France, and hence was in charge of maintaining law and order there.
Here he is shown at an April 16, 1944, rally in Paris designed to encourage collaboration among the city's population."
Soros getting busy.
Young Soros’ role in deporting Jews from Hungary — described in his own words — is readily available with a google search.
Right now I’m posting from a “smart phone” which is not quite smart enough (or I’m not smart enough to figure out how) to copy & paste data w/URLs etc.
Of course, one cannot blame a 14 year old boy for doing what his own father told him was necessary to survive unspeakable evil.
But we might suppose some 60 years later a mature man would be more circumspect and contrite about it.
Note reports on the 32nd ID at Aitape — Japanese chased into the jungle, no serious opposition...
Sort of reminds us of Big Mac some years later talking about the Chinese & North Korea — nothing to worry about here...
And isn't it remarkable how much more interesting these reports become once we recognize a personal connection!
So, who assassinated Knox? At least he wasn’t tossed out of a window with a cord wrapped around his neck.
Sad to see the death of Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy. A Republican newspaper owner, 1936 Vice Presidential nominee. He and Henry Stimson were brought into the cabinet in 1940 by FDR, trying to create a bipartisan defense effort.
Knox would be succeeded by James Forrestal, later first Secretary of Defense, whose term would end with his suicide.
Why are the Germans sowing mines in the Bay of Biscay? Everyone knows we are invading at the Pas de Calais.
The Times mentions bombing Cherbourg; first time we see something west of Calais on the target list.
I love the memo where Churchill complains about Americans eating too much meat. Did he really complain to Roosevelt about that?
If you get the chance get the audio book of Eye of the Needle. Edward Woodward of Equalizer fame narrates it.
Indeed. I expect it to be even more so when we get to the point where my father's unit goes into action for the first time since the Buna campaign (when my Father was still training in California).
I got the same sense last Dec. and Jan. when we covered the time my uncle flew with the 8th Air Force. The mission on which he was shot down got lots of coverage due to the heavy losses they sustained. Then later I found the name of his crew's bombardier on casualty lists in the Times. First as a MIA and later as a POW. (Americus Gentile, from New York City.) That gave me a peculiar sensation. I have to admit I knew my uncle better than my father when I was growing up. My father died when I was five and I lived with my uncle off and on for the next 14 years.
I have often wondered if anyone has ever done a study of casualties based on physical stature?
Or perhaps that old man simply does what is necessary. Amoral in the face of evil is what it used to be called.