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23 Feb 1944
  • USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Yamashimo Maru with four torpedoes. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • USS Snook attacked a large Japanese convoy in the Pacific Ocean. After sneaking past 11 escort vessels, she fired five torpedoes, two of which hit and sank the passenger-cargo ship Koyo Maru. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • A British Swordfish aircraft sank German submarine U-713 near Allied convoy JW-57; all 50 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Frank Merrill met with the battalion commanders, combat team commanders, and reconnaissance platoon commanders of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) in Ningbyen, Burma as the troops prepared to embark on a long range penetration operation into northern Burma. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Frank Merrill | Ningbyen | CPC]
French Morocco
  • As gusty winds continued in the harbor at Casablanca, French Morocco, escort carrier USS Card broke loose from her moorings again and began swinging in her berth. Card’s flight deck smashed against the bridge of British freighter Shirrbank causing minor damage to both. Card shifted to the outer harbor where her anchor was carried away leaving her adrift. Card then got underway to the open sea on her assignment one day earlier than anticipated. Card sailed with her task group, that included USS Trippe in place of USS Livermore. ww2dbase [Card | Casablanca | DS]
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and losing two boats. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Majuro | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish attacked a Japanese convoy off the Mariana Islands, sinking transports Kunishima Maru and Shinyubari Maru, hitting them with 7 of 13 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Poland Photo(s) dated 23 Feb 1944
A Japanese aircraft crashed into the sea near carrier Belleau Wood in the Mariana Islands, 23 Feb 1944; photo taken from USS EssexGeneral Joseph Stilwell reading a letter at the Forward Echelon Headquarters, Taihpa Ga, Burma, 23 Feb 1944US Marines advancing on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, 23 Feb 1944; note bayonets fixed on rifles

23 Feb 1944 Interactive Map

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