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2 Jan 1944
  • USS Iowa departed for the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Submarine Baya was launched, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Lieutenant Commander C. C. Kirkpatrick. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US Marine Corps 7th Regiment engaged a strong Japanese defense at Suicide Creek near Cape Gloucester, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 20 F6F and 28 F4U fighters from Torokina Airfield in Bougainville conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain; two of these fighters turned back to Torokina due to mechanical problems. 80 A6M fighters rose to defend. The Americans reported 1 kill, 1 probable, and 2 Japanese aircraft damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Army troops captured Gumbi Airfield on the northern coast of Australian New Guinea. The airfield's Japanese name was then restored to its prewar English name Saidor, after the nearby village. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 again returned early to Lorient, France after rescuing 33 crew members from the German torpedo boat T25 sunk on 28 Dec 1943 by British cruisers in the Bay of Biscay. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • 383 RAF aircraft (362 Lancaster, 9 Halifax, and 12 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 27 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Rock departed Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1944
Soviet troops fighting in Pushkin district of Leningrad, Russia, 2 Jan 1944Survivors of sunken German battleship Scharnhorst disembarking a British warship at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2 Jan 1944Launching of submarine Baya, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 2 Jan 1944

2 Jan 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal