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17 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese shot down 8 P-38, 1 F6F, 1 F4U, 1 SBD, and 1 TBF aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • US 45th Fighter Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, was transferred from Baker Island of Ellice Islands to Makin, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italy
  • British X Corps attacked the western end of the German Gustav Line in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • An Italian motor torpedo boat raid on Allied-held Naples, Italy was aborted. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale claimed sinking a Japanese freighter in the Philippine Sea, hiting her with 3 of 9 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jan 1944
San Jacinto off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 17 Jan 1944

17 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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