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16 Jan 1944

Atlantic Ocean
  • Aircraft from USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group sank German Type IXC/40 submarine U-544 in the U-Boat refueling zone northwest of the Azores. There were no survivors. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • The Americans repulsed the last Japanese counterattack to wrap up operations on New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Caroline Islands Hawaii
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) exited Pearl Harbor to support Operation Flintlock, the Marshall Islands operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Yamato arrived at Kure, Japan and docked in No. 4 drydock for repairs. Yamato would also receive a sloping plate fitted at a 45-degree angle across the lower corner of the upper void compartment between the two longitudinal inboard bulkheads. This modification, proposed to run the full length of the citadel, was installed only in Yamato in the area affected by the torpedo damage received in the previous month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Gloire entered the Mediterranean Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale made contact with a Japanese convoy she had been searching for for the past two days in the Philippine Sea, sinking Denmark Maru with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired, but suffered damage from depth charges. USS Seawolf herded Tarushima Maru toward USS Whale, and USS Whale successfully sank Tarushima Maru with torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ship Nikko Maru off the Mariana Islands, hitting her with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • General Eisenhower assumed the post as Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United States
  • US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Treasury official Randolph Paul delivered the "Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews" to President Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Flier ran aground near Midway Atoll. USS Macaw attempted to pull Flier free, but Macaw would also run aground in the process, causing her to sink. She was eventually pulled free and put into Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jan 1944
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Lieutenant Colonel George Friedrich von Tempelhoff at Barneville, France, 16 Jan 1944

16 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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