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9 Apr 1944
  • In Ukraine, the remnants of German 1.Panzerarmee conducted a 150-mile forced march to reach German lines. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A new German Bf 110 aircraft, piloted by a German defector, flew into Switzerland and made a landing at DĂĽbendorf. Hermann Göring, fearful of the possiblity of Allied capture, wanted to dispatch commandos under Otto Skorzeny to destroy the aircraft. ww2dbase [Bf 110 | CPC]
  • Submarine Kete was launched, sponsored by Mrs. E. S. Hutchinson. ww2dbase [Kete | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Depth charges from USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group escorts Pope, Pillsbury, Chatelain, and Flaherty brought German Type IXC submarine U-515 to the surface 650 miles off Casablanca where Guadalcanal's aircraft sank it with rockets. There were 44 survivors, including the U-Boat commander Korvettenkapitän Werner Henke. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | DS]
Australian Papua
  • USS Nicholas shifted to Cape Sudest, New Guinea and then Oro Bay to go alongside tender USS Dobbin to have additional radio equipment installed for Nicholas to act as a fighter director ship. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Cape Sudest, New Guinea | DS]
  • At 0700 hours, US aircraft dropped supplies at Nhpum Ga, Burma. At 1000 hours, a patrol from 3rd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) began to advance up the hill, observing a great number of Japanese dead from the recent artillery barrage. At 1100 hours, a patrol from Orange Combat Team pushed toward the western edge of Nhpum Ga. At 1200 hours, the 3rd Battalion reached Nhpum Ga. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Nhpum Ga | CPC]
Germany India
  • Japanese troops captured Kanglatongbi and began to surround the Anglo-Indian troops at Imphal, India. To the north at Kohima, India, Japanese troops captured GPT ridge, forcing the British troops to fall back to Garrison Hill. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kanglatongbi, Manipur | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was named the commanding officer of 26th Air Flotilla based at Clark Airfield, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | Pampanga | CPC]
Romania Russia
  • Soviet troops broke through German defensive lines at Kerch, Russia. ww2dbase [Kerch, Krym | TH]
United States
  • Submarine Blenny was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored Florence King, daughter of Admiral Ernest King. ww2dbase [Blenny | Electric Boat Company | Groton, Connecticut | CPC]
  • Stan Bailey was named the commanding officer of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 based in Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara in California, United States. ww2dbase [Santa Barbara, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Apr 1944
Launching of submarine Kete, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States, 9 Apr 1944USS San Diego at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 9 Apr 1944, photo 1 of 2; note camouflage Measure 33, Design 24d; USS Cassin and USS Denver in backgroundUSS San Diego at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 9 Apr 1944, photo 2 of 2; note camouflage Measure 33, Design 24d; USS Cassin in background

9 Apr 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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