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1 Apr 1944
  • Cruiser K√∂ln was recommissioned for training of cadet engineers with Fregattenkapit√§n Hellmuth Strobel in command. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
  • US bombers unintentionally hit Schaffhausen, Switzerland, leading to official protests and reparation payments. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • The Japanese Navy 12th Air Fleet was reorganized to contain two air flotillas, one communication unit, one weather observation unit, and one air base unit. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport off Okinawa, Japan, hitting her with 2 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to the fleet command for the Central Pacific area. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Pedro del Valle was made Commanding General of the Third Corps Artillery, US III Marine Amphibious Corps. ww2dbase [Pedro del Valle | CPC]
  • The Japanese attack on the Broadway site of Operation Thursday in Burma was repulsed. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • The Japanese attempt to capture Nhpum Ga, Burma slowed as heavy rain poured. Lieutenant Colonel George McGee, Jr. at Nhpum Ga was informed by his superior Colonel Charles Hunter that Hunter was expecting a delivery of two 75-millimeter howitzers by air on the next day, which would hopefully relieve the pressure that the Japanese had been placing on McGee's 2nd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional). ww2dbase [George McGee | Charles Hunter | Battle of Myitkyina | Nhpum Ga | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • The crew of USS Harder rescued a downed aviator on a small island west of Woleai, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Harder | Woleai | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) aviators struck the island of Woleai in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Woleai | DS]
Hawaii India Pacific Ocean Switzerland
  • Allied bombers attacked Schaffhausen, Switzerland, mistaking it for the German city of Ludwigshafen am Rhein, killing 40 people; interestingly, a group of small factories producing munitions and aircraft parts to be sold to Germany was destroyed in this accidental raid. ww2dbase [Schaffhausen | CPC]
Taiwan United States
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay arrived at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | | Bremerton, Washington | DS]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1944
Battleship USS Texas in the Atlantic steaming from Casco Bay, Maine to New York, New York to assume duties in escorting convoys across the Atlantic, 1 Apr 1944.Grayson in Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, 1 Apr 1944Léon Degrelle speaking to troops at Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium, 1 Apr 1944; note Josef Dietrich in backgroundThree Soviet soldiers taking a break from fighting while a fourth stood guard, Byelorussia, 1 Apr 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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