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9 Jan 1944
  • The Countess Ciano managed to escape northern Italy to Switzerland, where she was interned. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Submarine Hawkbill was launched, sponsored by the wife of the submarine's future commanding officer F. Worth Scanland, Jr. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • Prime Minister Hideki Tojo authorized the plans for Operation U-Go against northeastern India. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 16 TBF and 24 SBD aircraft from Piva Airfield on Bougainville, escorted by fighters, attacked Tobera Airfield in New Britain. 1 Japanese aircraft was destroyed on the ground, while the US lost 1 SBD aircraft and 3 fighters. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • Indian 5th Division captured the coastal port city of Maungdaw, Burma, but the attack on Donbaik was halted by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | TH, CPC]
  • The "Maestrale" naval infantry battalion of the Italian Navy mutinied against its superiors. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jan 1944
Launching of submarine Hawkbill, Manitowoc River, Manitowoc, Winconsin, United States, 9 Jan 1944

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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