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14 Jan 1944
  • Yamato was detected by the radar of USS Batfish at 2330 hours, but Batfish was unable to close in for an attack. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • 498 RAF aircraft (496 Lancaster and 2 Halifax) attacked Braunschweig, Germany, with 49 aircraft lost; German reports noted only 10 homes destroyed and 14 killed. As a diversion, 17 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Magdeburg and Berlin. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • German leader Ernst Kaltenbrunner ordered to insert more informers in the foreign forced laborers population. ww2dbase [Ernst Kaltenbrunner | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish began her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 36 SBD, 16 TBF, and about 80 fighters from Munda Airfield in New Georgia attacked Rabaul, New Britain after a stop at Piva Airfield on Bougainville to refuel. 84 A6M intercepted them over New Ireland, but most American aircraft were able to make their way to Rabaul to commence their attacks. The Japanese lost 3 A6M fighters and the Americans lost 2 SBD, 1 TBF, 5 F4U, and 2 F6F aircraft. Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor at Rabaul suffered 3 direct hits and 16 near misses. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • About 17 prisoners of war were beheaded by men of 81st Naval Garrison Unit of the Japanese Navy at Rabaul, New Britain as reprisal for American air raids on the town. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
France Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale received a message from USS Seawolf, noting that a Japanese convoy was heading her way. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Jan 1944
A-36A Mustang aircraft 42-84067 of the 527th FBS, 86th BFG, Gaudo Airfield, southern Italy, 14 Jan 1944; note chin-mounted guns and the bombing mission markings on the cowl

14 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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