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1932 — , February 24

  • CBI - China: Day 28 of 41 of the 1st Battle of Shanghai.

1932 — , February 24

  • CBI - China: Day 55 of 142 of the 1st Battle of Hebei.
  • CBI - China: Day 4 of 9 of the Battle of Rehe.

1937 — , February 24

  • Spain: Day 223 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1938 — , February 24

  • Spain: Day 588 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 233 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 18 of 124 of the Battle of Henan.

1939 — , February 24

  • Spain: Day 953 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 598 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

1940 — , February 24

  • Finland: Day 87 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War.
  • CBI - China: Day 963 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 102 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
    • Day 28 of 67 of the Battle of Wuyuan.

1941 — , February 24

  • ETO: The twin-engine Avro Manchester bomber is used for the first time during an RAF raid against Brest, France. It is under-powered by two very unreliable engines, but in re-developed form with the addition of two further improved engines and a longer wingspan, it will evolve into the famous Lancaster bomber.
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    The British Avro Manchester bomber

    The 193 operational Manchesters flew 1,269 operations with Bomber Command, dropping 1,826 tons of bombs and losing 63 aircraft in action. It flew its last operation against Bremen on 25 June 1942. 45 Manchester losses were non-operational, 30 of which involved engine failure. But the design troubles were studied and improved. The "Lanc" became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF.

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  • ETO - UK: Day 172 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • MTO - Libya: Reconnaissance elements of the German 5th Light Division clash with British troops for the first time at Nofilia near El Agheila.
  • East Africa: Day 260 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • East Africa - Eritrea: Day 20 of 56 of the Battle of Keren.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,329 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 26 of 31 of the Battle of South Henan.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 147 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1942 — , February 24

  • USA - California: US planes try to find the Japanese submarine that fired at an oil refinery north of Santa Barbara but are unable to find and destroy it.
  • UK: Parliament begins a two day debate on how to conduct the war.
  • Atlantic: Day 42 of 169 of Germany's Second "Happy Time," during which U-boats sink 609 Allied ships with little risk.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 170 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 17 of 102 of the Battle of the Demyansk Pocket, another failed attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 33 of 103 of the Battle of the Kholm Pocket. Another attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 48 of 103 of the Battle of Vyazma, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 48 of 103 of the Battle of Sychevsk, Russia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 118 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula. All German attacks against Sevastopol are stopped for the winter.
  • Yugoslavia: Partisan commander Stjepan Filipovic is captured by Axis forces. He will be executed on 22 May 42.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 73 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,694 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 63 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
  • PTO: USS ENTERPRISE attacks the Japanese troops on Wake Island.
  • PTO - Borneo: Day 71 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
  • PTO - Dutch East Indies: US troops continue evacuating from Java.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 6 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 79 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines. 5th Air Force provides air support.

1943 — , February 24

  • ETO - UK: US 8th Air Force: Flying Spitfires, the 4th Fighter Group flies shipping patrols.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 535 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 15 of 51 of the USSR's Operation POLAR STAR, a failed offensive north of Leningrad, hoping to take the southern shore of Lake Ladoga, Russia.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 296 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket, USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 6 of 25 of the 3rd Battle of Kharkov, Ukraine. The Soviets retake Kharkov and Voroshilovo after nine days of heavy street fighting.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 100 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 6 of 7 of the Battle of Kasserine Pass. RAF and US Air Forces provide Allied air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 66 of 104 of the 1st Battle of Arakan. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 17 of 79 of the Allied Operation LONGCLOTH.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,059 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 263 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.

1944 — , February 24

  • ETO - Germany: Day 5 of 6 of Operation ARGUMENT, aka BIG WEEK, the US Strategic Air Forces' push to lure the Luftwaffe as heavy bombers attack key targets. RAF night bomb ball bearing factories in Schweinfurt.
  • ETO - France: US 8th Air Force B-24s hit the Ecalles sur Buchy V-weapon sites while B-17s bomb the V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais.
  • ETO - France: US 9th Air Force: B-26s attack NOBALL (V-weapon) targets at Rosieres-en-Santerre.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 42 of 48 of the Battle toward the Narva River, Estonia. This drive helped lift the Leningrad siege and goes on to liberate Narva.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 23 of 191 of the Battle of the Narva Isthmus, Estonia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 63 of 113 of the USSR's Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive in southwestern Ukraine.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 26 of 31 of the Battle of Nikopol, Ukraine.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 39 of 123 of the Battle of Monte Cassino. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 34 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 57 of 99 of the 2nd Battle of Arakan. Japanese Colonel Tanahashi orders a retreat from Sinzweya without authorization.
  • CBI - Burma: US 10th and 14th Air Forces provide air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,424 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 159 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 156 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 72 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain. US 13th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 116 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands. US 13th Air Force provides air support.

1945 — , February 24

  • Atlantic: German U-boats sink 8 ships and 2 destroyers from a convoy bound for the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk.
  • ETO - France: Day 208 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 163 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 17 of 17 of Operation VERITABLE, the British and Canadian drive into Germany. The UK objective is complete, setting up a new advance driving deeper into Germany.
  • ETO: Day 36 of 66 of the Battle to the Rhine. US 9th Air Force provides air support.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 5 of 36 consecutive RAF night raids on Berlin.
  • ETO - Germany: US 8th Air Force B-17s and B-24s hit oil refineries and rail targets in Germany.
  • Germany: An old haggard looking Hitler addresses the Reich Chancellery in Berlin for the last time. He refuses to allow his speech be broadcast or reported in the media.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 163 of 223 of the Lapland War. Finland and Russia have joined forces to kick the Germans out of Finland's most northern province.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 133 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 31 of 75 of the Battle of Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 30 of 63 of the Battle of the Heiligenbeil Pocket in East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 15 of 54 of the Battle of East Pomerania, Germany.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 17 of 17 of the USSR's Lower Silesian Offensive (Poland). Soviets now have complete control of the Lower Silesian River.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 12 of 83 of the German Siege of Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 24 of 31 of the Battle of Schwedt, Germany.
  • Russian Front - South: A German counter-attack wipes out the Russian bridgehead over the Danube to the northwest of Budapest, Hungary.
  • MTO: US 15th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack targets in Italy and Austria.
  • MTO - Italy: RAF and US Air Forces provide air support for the Allied ground units.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 37 of 61 of the Battles of Meiktila and Mandalay. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 35 of 39 of the Battle of Ramree Island. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 21 of 99 of the Battle of Pakokku and Irrawaddy River operations in central Burma. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,790 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • US 14th Air Force attacks shipping in the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin, sinking 4 vessels.
  • CBI - Java: US 20th Air Force B-29s drop incendiary bombs on the Empire Dock area at Singapore. This is the last 100 plus aircraft strike made by the 20th AF.
  • PTO: Day 6 of 36 of the Battle of Iwo Jima. US 7th Air Force provides air support. US Marines capture the island's second airfield.
  • PTO - Alaska: US 11th Air Force B-25s attack the Hayakegawa River in the Kurile Islands. On returning they see and photograph a Japanese bomb-carrying balloon.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 425 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 309 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 128 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 72 of 244 of the Battle of Luzon. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 22 of 29 of the Battle of Manila.

Day-By-Day listings for February 24 were last modified on Thursday, January 28, 2016
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