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22 Mar 1944
  • USS Tunny detected a large Japanese convoy near Toagel Mlungui Pass in the Palau Islands. She fired six torpedoes toward 2 transports and observed hits on both. She then fired four torpedoes toward an escorting destroyer, scoring no hits, before diving. She endured a 4-hour counterattack which consisted of 87 depth charges. Later in the day she surfaced and observed debris and an oil slick. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • 15 American commandos landed in Italy with the mission to sabotage the La Spezia-Genoa railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • William Slim met with Orde Wingate. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean Australian New Guinea Burma
  • In Burma, the villagers of Auche hosted a celebration for Frank Merrill and his headquarters staff. Meanwhile, Colonel Charles Hunter's troops of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) marched along the difficult trail following the Nampana River, crossing it many times. 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), which marched in support of Hunter's units, suffered 1 dead and several wounded after being ambushed north of Shaduzup. ww2dbase [Charles Hunter | Battle of Myitkyina | Shaduzup | CPC]
Canada
  • Chinese and Canadian representatives signed a pact of mutual aid at Ottawa, Canada. ww2dbase [Ottawa, Ontario | CPC]
China
  • While in China, Milton Miles was promoted to the war time rank of rear admiral (lower half), thus becoming the highest ranked US Navy officer in China. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
  • Haroki Isayama detached from the Army school at Gongzhuling, Jilin Province, China and was made the Chief of Staff of the 14th Army stationed in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Haruki Isayama | Gongzhuling, Jilin | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Shokaku arrived at Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Lingga | CPC]
French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group departed Casablanca, French Morocco and resumed their Central Atlantic patrol. ww2dbase [Bogue | Casablanca | DS]
Germany Hungary India Italy Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama departed Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Majuro | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Mingo fired six torpedoes at a Japanese freighter in the South China Sea; all missed. ww2dbase [Mingo | South China Sea | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Mar 1944
USS Drum submerged off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 22 Mar 1944USS Drum sailing on the surface off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 22 Mar 1944

22 Mar 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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