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30 Jan 1944
  • Submarine Becuna was launched, sponsored by the wife of Commander George C. Crawford. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • German submarine U-278 fatally damaged Allied arctic convoy escort HMS Hardy; HMS Venus scuttled HMS Hardy after the damaged destroyer was abandoned. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ship Toko Maru south of Japan, which she had been chasing for many hours, hitting her with all three of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • In the mid-Atlantic, planes and escorts from escort carrier USS Card encountered an unidentified ship refusing all challenges and making erratic course changes. After numerous challenges and even firing on the ship by means of an aircraft dropping two bombs off the ship’s bow with no acknowledgement, escorting destroyer USS Livermore came close aboard and made direct contact. Only then did the ship respond correctly to all challenges and identify herself as the Canadian merchant cruiser HMCS Prince Henry. The communications difficulty was attributed to poor weather and rough seas. ww2dbase [Card | DS]
  • Camp Four of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) in Xamba, Suiyuan Province, China sent its first weather report to the SACO headquarters in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Xamba, Suiyuan | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • Allied forces attacked out of the Anzio, Italy beachhead, advancing toward Cisterna and Campoleone, but none of the two forces would be able to capture the objectives; during the process, an entire US Army Ranger battalion was destroyed. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | TH, CPC]
Marshall Islands New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • USS Finback damaged a fishing trawler with gunfire in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Finback | East China Sea | CPC]
United States
  • The opening installment of "The Dyess Story" was published by the newspaper Chicago Tribune. ww2dbase [Ed Dyess | The Davao Escape | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1944
Men of 697th Field Artillery Battalion firing 240mm howitzer at Mignano, Italy, 30 Jan 1944Captain Burke introducing Rear Admiral Aaron Merrill to the crew of Charles Ausburne and Claxton during an awards ceremony held on board Charles Ausburne, Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, 30 Jan 1944US Marines displaying a captured Japanese flag, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, late Jan 1944Captain Arleigh Burke receiving the Navy Cross from Rear Admiral Arthur Merrill aboard the destroyer Charles Ausburne in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomons, 30 Jan 1944.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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