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2 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US Marine Corps 7th Regiment engaged a strong Japanese defense at Suicide Creek near Cape Gloucester, New Britain. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | New Britain | 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 [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | 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 [Saidor Airfield | New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Saidor | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Palau | 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 [U-505 | Loirent, Bretagne | DS]
Germany Japan Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Rock departed Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Rock | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Baya was launched by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Lieutenant Commander C. C. Kirkpatrick. ww2dbase [Baya | Electric Boat Company | Groton, Connecticut | CPC]
  • USS Iowa departed the east coast of the United States for the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her remaining task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia at the conclusion of their Atlantic anti-submarine voyage. Composite Squadron VC-55 disembarked Card and transferred to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Task Group 21.14 was dissolved. Squadron VC-55, all ships of the task group, and all men therein during this sortie were authorized to wear Battle Star E214 on their European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
  • USS Ranger departed Boston bound for Quonset Point, Rhode Island. ww2dbase [Boston Navy Yard | Ranger | Boston, Massachusetts | DS]
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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