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24 Feb 1944
  • USS Tang sank a Japanese freighter, hitting her with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi arrived at Palau Islands and performed repairs on herself. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Hartwig von Ludwiger stepped down as the deputy commanding officer of 22nd Mountain Corps. ww2dbase [Hartwig von Ludwiger | CPC]
  • Japanese Colonel Tanahashi ordered a retreat from Sinzweya, Burma without authorization. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • Two Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and losing one boat. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • A PBY-5As aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-63, employing Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) gear, and a PV-1 aircraft of US Navy squadron VB-127, together with a Catalina aircraft of No. 202 Squadron RAF found and bombed the German submarine U-761 as she attempted to transit the Strait of Gibraltar. British destroyers HMS Anthony (H 40) and HMS Wishart (D 67) rescued the 51 survivors who abandon their badly damaged submarine after scuttling her to avoid capture. Nine of the submarine's crew were lost in the attack. U-761 was the first German submarine destroyed through the employment of MAD equipment. ww2dbase [HM]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank cargo ship Taikei Maru, sank cargo ship Toshin Maru, and damaged two others of Japanese convoy Hi-40 in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • USAAF 453rd Bomber Group based at Old Buckenham Airfield (US Station 144) in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom attacked aircraft factories at Gotha in central Germany without losses. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Old Buckenham Airfield | AC]
  • The 2,085-ton merchant steamer Philipp M was torpedoed and sunk by a German E-boat off Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom. Seven of the crew were killed in the explosion, the other 18 were rescued. ww2dbase [HM]
Photo(s) dated 24 Feb 1944
K-class airship K-29 of Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-31 lifts off the flight deck of escort carrier USS Altamaha off the California coast, Feb 24, 1944.USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at sea north of Eniwetok en route Majuro, Marshall Islands, 24 Feb 1944.

24 Feb 1944 Interactive Map

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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945