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16 Mar 1944
  • Captain Yoshi Matsuura was named the commanding officer of light carrier Ryuho. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Burma
  • Allies troops captured Mawlu, a major rail link in central Burma. ww2dbase [Mawlu | CPC]
  • A scheduled airdrop for the 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) was canceled after the aircraft failed to locate the drop zone amidst thick jungle north of Shaduzup, Burma. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Shaduzup | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii India
  • The Calcutta, India based Special Operations Executive mission in the Far East, known as GS I(k), adopted the title Force 136 with the purpose of providing long-range strategic and political intelligence throughout South-East Asia, and to organise local resistance groups against the Japanese. ww2dbase [Special Operations Executive | Calcutta, Bengal | AC]
Italy Pacific Ocean
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport and damaged a tanker in the East China Sea, hitting them with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | East China Sea | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Hoel crossed the equator for the first time. Her log recorded, “The ship teemed with low marine life. Polywogs in particular were in abundance. These were brought before the royal court of Neptunus Rex and duly initiated.” ww2dbase [Line Crossing Ceremony | Hoel | DS]
  • 250 miles southeast of Palau, Gato-class submarine USS Silversides attacked a convoy of three cargo ships with escorts. Japanese army cargo ship Kōfuku Maru was hit with two torpedoes and sunk. ww2dbase [Silversides | DS]
United Kingdom
  • British civilian Oswald Job was hanged at Pentonville Prison in Islington, London, England, United Kingdom for spying. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Tang departed Midway, starting her second war patrol in the waters near Palau Islands, Caroline Islands, and south of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Tang | Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]
  • USS Archerfish departed Midway, starting her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Archerfish | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Mar 1944
The one millionth German resettler of Wartheland speaking at a ceremony, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944; Arthur Greiser and Walter Petzel in backgroundGreiser speaking to he one millionth German resettler of Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944Greiser speaking at a ceremony that celebrated reaching one million German resettlers in Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944Greiser shaking hands with the one millionth German resettler of Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944
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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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Thomas Dodd, late 1945

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