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15 Mar 1944
  • Zhukov's 1st Ukrainian Front reached the Bug River, the start line for Operation Barbarossa that began the Russo-German war. ww2dbase [TH]
  • RAF bombers attacked Stuttgart, Germany, dropping over 3,000 tons of bombs from 863 bombers, of which 36 were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • German troops gathered on the Hungarian border. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Tunny arrived in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • After dark, the Japanese 15th Division crossed the Chindwin River in Burma toward India as part of the second wave of the Japanese offensive. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell ordered the Chinese 22nd Division to attack the ridge of Jambu Bum in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese tanker off Okinawa, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. She would pursue the tanker into the next day. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Germany
  • Robert Johnson was promoted to the rank of captain. On the same day, he shot down a Fw 190 and a Bf 109 aircraft over Dümmer Lake, Germany. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Acetylene Generation and Oxygen Manifold building turned over to station. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
  • Rear Admiral J. J. Clark assumed command of carrier Task Group 58.1 built around USS Hornet (Essex-class) at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [J. J. Clark | DS]
Italy
  • At 0830 hours, the third major Allied attempt to attack Monte Cassino, Italy began with a heavy bombardment that lasted more than three hours. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | TH, CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to the aviation section of the Navy Ministry. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 102 was completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Norway
  • Tirpitz began post-repair trials at Barbrudalen (Kåfjord) and Altafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay was commissioned into service, Captain Frank T. Ward, Jr. in command. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Mar 1944
Boomerang fighter USS Wasp (Essex-class) after her shakedown cruise preparing to leave Boston, Massachusetts, United States, for the Panama Canal, 15 Mar 1944. Note Measure 33/10A camouflage. Photo 1 of 4USS Wasp (Essex-class) after her shakedown cruise preparing to leave Boston, Massachusetts, United States, for the Panama Canal, 15 Mar 1944. Note Measure 33/10A camouflage. Photo 2 of 4USS Wasp (Essex-class) after her shakedown cruise preparing to leave Boston, Massachusetts, United States, for the Panama Canal, 15 Mar 1944. Note Measure 33/10A camouflage. Photo 3 of 4
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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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