Russian Front - Finland: Day 95 of 164 of the Battle of Hanko. The Soviets will be forced off their leased naval base.
Russian Front - Finland: Day 21 of 28 of Finland's reconquest of East Karelia in southern Finland. The Soviets continue withdrawing from Finland back to Leningrad.
Russian Front - Finland: Day 88 of 142 of Operation SILVER FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign to capture the Russian port of Murmansk in the Arctic. The German troops continue withdrawing back into northern Finland.
Russian Front - Finland: Day 86 of 140 of Operation ARCTIC FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign against Soviet Northern Front defenses at Salla, Finland.
Russian Front: Day 95 of 167 of Germany's Operation BARBAROSSA, the overall invasion of the USSR.
Russian Front - North: Day 17 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - South: Day 48 of 70 of the Siege of Odessa, Ukraine.
Russian Front - South: Day 33 of 35 of the 1st Battle of Kiev, Ukraine.
Russian Front - South: German Army Group South begin an offensive toward the Crimea at Perekop.
MTO - Libya: Day 168 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk.
East Africa: Day 472 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
CBI - China: Day 1,541 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 19 of 33 of the 2nd Battle of Changsha.
1942 — , September 24
Russian Front - North: Day 382 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 143 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 - Center: Day 57 of 64 of the 1st Battle of Rzhev-Sychevka, Russia. Though it will end in a stalemate, it will keep German troops from going to Stalingrad.
Russian Front - South: Day 89 of 150 of Germany's CASE BLUE, the failed offensive to take the Caucasus oil fields. Units of German Army Group South's Group A launch an attack against the Black Sea port of Tuapse.
Russian Front - South: Day 33 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, the bloodiest battle in human history. German Army Group South begins their so-called "final offensive" to capture the city.
East Africa: Day 143 of 186 of the Battle of Madagascar.
CBI - China: Day 1,906 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
PTO - Alaska: Day 110 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. The US and Canada will defeat the Japanese invaders.
PTO - Malaya: Day 218 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 66 of 119 of the Battle of the Kokoda Track. The Australians continue pushing back the Japanese troops. This will become an Allied victory.
PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 49 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal.
1943 — , September 24
ETO: US 8th Air Force: B-26s hit airfields in France.
Russian Front - North: Day 747 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 508 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 - Center: Day 49 of 57 of the 2nd Battle of Smolensk, Russia. Becomes a Soviet victory as the Axis are pushed completely away from the Moscow region.
Russian Front - Center: Day 39 of 48 of the Battle of Bryansk, Russia. German troops continue evacuating Bryansk.
Russian Front - South: Day 32 of 122 of the Battle of the Lower Dnieper River, USSR.
MTO - Italy: The RAF, US 9th and 12th Air Forces provide the air cover for the Allied ground troops.
CBI - China: Day 2,271 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 6 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge. This will become an Allied victory.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 3 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. This will result as an Allied victory.
PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 41 of 56 of the Battle of Vella Lavella. The Allies will win this one.
1944 — , September 24
PTO - Bellona Island: A C-47 evacuating 24 patients from Palau to Guadalcanal runs low on fuel and makes a forced crash-landing in a small clearing, during which a piece of metal severs the trachea of one patient. Air Evacuation Flight Nurse 1st Lt Mary Louise Hawkins keeps the man's throat clear of blood with makeshift tubing until aid arrives 19 hours later, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for her bravery.
1st Lt Mary Louise Hawkins (1921 - 2007)
Serving as an Air Evacuation Flight Nurse in the Army Air Corps, 1st Lt Mary Louise Hawkins spent 13 months flying wounded out of the Pacific theater. Her endeavors saved lives and shortened suffering for countless wounded while earning her the Air Medal.
The C-47 she was aboard on 24 Sep 44 was forced to crash-land on Bellona Island, which had not yet been cleared of enemy forces. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient.
Improvising with the limited medical supplies on hand, such as making a suction tube from the inflation tube on a "Mae West" jacket, she kept the marine alive until a Navy destroyer arrived and rescued the party some 19 hours later.
For her gallant and noble efforts, she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, becoming one of only a handful of women during WWII to receive the honor.
01 Jun 41: Red Cross unifies services as "Services to Armed Forces"
04 Jul 44: US nurses storm the beaches of Normandy
24 Sep 44: Flight Nurse earns the Distinguished Flying Cross
28 Apr 45: Six nurses killed in kamikaze attack on hospital ship