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23 Mar 1944
  • USS Tunny made radar contact with Japanese submarine I-42 off Angaur Island, Palau Islands. At 2324, Tunny lauched four torpedoes at the range of 1,700 meters, hitting and sinking the Japanese submarine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Orde Wingate's headquarters completed its move to Sylhet, British India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops assaulted an Allied defensive position in the crater of an extinct volcano near Sangshak, India, initially failing to take the position. Shortly after, Allied aircraft dropped supplies to the Indian troops at Sangshak, India, but most of the supplies fell behind Japanese lines. As Indian 152nd Parachute Battalion attacked from the volcano crater to regain the supplies, the Japanese drove them back, causing heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Columbia departed Emirau, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Gabilan arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 19 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 152 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale made rendezvous with USS Pollack and formed a wolfpack to patrol Torishima of Izu Islands and the Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Islands). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • V. T. Shirmanov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 1st Byelorussian Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Trepang was launched at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1944
Liberty Ship SS John Stagg at sea, 23 Mar 1944Crew member sweeping ashes off a B-25 of the 340th Bomb Group at Pompeii Field, Italy. Ash came from an eruption of Mt Vesuvius on 23 Mar 1944 that rained hot ash and brimstone on the area damaging several aircraft. Photo 1 of 2.Crew member examining a layer of ashes on a B-25 of the 340th Bomb Group at Pompeii Field, Italy. Ash came from an eruption of Mt Vesuvius on 23 Mar 1944 that rained hot ash and brimstone on the area damaging several aircraft. Photo 2 of 2.RAdm Mahlon Tisdale presenting champagne bottle to Mrs Davenport to christen Trepang, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 23 Mar 1944; Mrs Garvey and Cmdr Roy Davenport also present
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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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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945