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14 Feb 1944
  • SHAEF, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, established its headquarters in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Irwin was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Irwin | CPC]
  • Shark (Balao-class) was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Shark (Balao-class) | CPC]
  • The British Royal Navy's Second Escort Group (Captain F. J. Walker) sank the German submarine U-424. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • At 0030 hours, 25 TBF torpedo bombers of US Marine Corps squadron VMTB-233 launched from Bougainville to mine Simpson Harbor near Rabaul, New Britain; one aircraft turned back due to mechanical problems. The Japanese shot down six TBF aircraft during the mining mission. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis came under attack by four Aichi D3A 'Val' dive-bombers. St. Louis was struck by one bomb that exploded within the ship, killing 23 and wounding 28. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Honolulu | New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Solomon Sea | DS]
  • Japanese launched a major attack on the Anglo-Indian defensive position "Admin Box" at Sinzweya, Burma, capturing one hill on the perimeter. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Sinzweya, Arakan | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • UIT-23 was sunk by torpedoes from HMS Tally-Ho in the Strait of Malacca. 26 of 40 survived, including the commanding officer, Oberleutnant zur See Werner Striegler, who was then brought to Penang, Straits Settlements to be made the commanding officer of UIT-25. ww2dbase [Luigi Torelli | Reginaldo Giuliani | Strait of Malacca | CPC]
  • Harold Alexander visited the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy and was dissatisfied with the commanding officer Major General John Lucas. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Harold Alexander | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
  • 13 Italian motor torpedo boats arrived at Fiumicino, Italy. ww2dbase [Fiumicino, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Snook sank Japanese freighter Nittoku Maru in the East China Sea, hitting with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Snook | East China Sea | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft from Rabaul, New Britain attacked the Allied convoy sailing for the Green Islands, damaging USS St. Louis with one hit and a few near misses (killing 23), but they would fail to stop the convoy. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
Poland United States

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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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