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21 Feb 1944
  • Submarine Sea Cat was launched, sponsored by Mrs. E. L. Cochrane. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
  • USS Iowa was assigned to escort the Fast Carrier Task Force during a raid in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • USS Cero damaged a Japanese transport north of Dutch New Guinea, hitting her with 2 of 9 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • The 2nd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) arrived at Ningbyen, Burma. Joseph Stilwell, in a dirty field jacket without rank insignia, talked with some soldiers. Several soldiers did not realize who Stilwell was and made jokes about his older age. The visit repaired the damage done by Stilwell when he neglected to take the time to meet his men at Shingbiyang two days prior. Also on this date, the first supply drop by C-47 aircraft for the long range penetration mission was conducted. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Battle of Myitkyina | Ningbyen | CPC]
French Morocco
  • While escort carrier USS Card was moored at Casablanca, French Morocco during moderate winds, fleet oiler USS Chicopee fouled Card’s anchor chain when shifting berths. Chicopee then backed into Card’s number two sponson causing minor damage to Card but rendering Chicopee’s 5-inch gun inoperative. Card’s stern mooring lines and fresh water connection were also carried away. With assistance from harbor tugs, Card regained her moorings to the jetty. ww2dbase [Card | Casablanca | DS]
Germany Italy
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy, damaging USS PC-545 and USS Pioneer before dawn. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Marshall Islands Pacific Ocean
  • While at sea, USS Alabama's secondary gun mount No. 9 accidentally fired into secondary gun mount No. 5, killing 5 and wounding 11. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • At 1440 hours, 15 B-25 aircraft modified for strafing attacked a Japanese convoy carrying military evacuees from Rabaul, New Britain. Submarine chaser CH-48, transport Kokai Maru, and converted gunboat Kowa Maru were sunk; submarine chaser CH-38 was damaged. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • Submarine USS Growler arrived at Midway Atoll for refueling before departing on her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Growler | Midway | DS]
Photo(s) dated 21 Feb 1944
WAVES personnel debarking a bus at Naval Air Station, Banana River, Florida, United States, 21 Feb 1944Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 2 of 4Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 3 of 4Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 1 of 4
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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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