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29 Jan 1944
  • The head of police of the Italian Social Republic in northern Italy ordered that all Jewish communities be dissolved by the next month. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A transport of 245 prisoners sent by the Bialystok Gestapo arrived at Stutthof concentration camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • HMS Activity began convoy escort duties with the Second Escort Group. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • Battleship Missouri was launched, sponsored by Mary Magaret Truman, daughter of Senator Harry Truman. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • In Germany, the Duisburg and Herbouville flying bomb site were bombed by 22 Mosquito aircraft of the RAF. Meanwhile, RAF bombers attacked Berlin and USAAF bombers attacked Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | CPC]
  • Total Allied strength at the Anzio, Italy beachhead totaled 69,000 men, 508 guns, and 208 tanks by the end of this day. On the other side of the lines, German strength rose to 71,500 men. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 151 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Roi, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Kwajalein | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and Task Group 58.1 arrived at its launching point early in the morning and its carriers (Yorktown, Lexington, and Cowpens) began air strikes on Taroa airfield on Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. Throughout the day, aircraft hit Maloelap in preparation for the assaults on Majuro and Kwajalein scheduled for the 31 Jan 1944. ww2dbase [Marshall Islands Campaign | J. J. Clark | Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was buried at the cemetery at Deelen airfield in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Heinrich | Deelen, Gelderland | CPC]
Pacific Ocean United Kingdom
  • Luftwaffe bombers attacked London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | London, England | TH]
  • Rohan Amerasekera was promoted to the rank of flying officer in the British Royal Air Force. ww2dbase [Rohan Amerasekera | CPC]
  • In a continuous two-hour battle, beginning after a raid on Frankfurt, Germany, the USAAF 322nd Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress bomber "Man o' War", piloted by Lieutenant William Burtt, was crippled by direct hits that knocked out two engines, with one of the crew killed and another injured by shell fragments the aircraft lost power in a third engine as they crossed the English coast. Burtt put the aircraft down smoothly onto a farmer's turnip field. No further injuries resulted. "Man of War" saw no further action. Due to heavy cloud over the target area the raid was thought to have been of little value. ww2dbase [England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jan 1944
Launching of Missouri, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 29 Jan 1944PB2Y-3 Coronado aircraft of US Navy squadrons VP-13 and VP-102 in the submarine basin of Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 29 Jan 1944

29 Jan 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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