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17 Apr 1944
  • British Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Bomber Command commenced minelaying in the approaches of the English Channel in preparation for the forthcoming invasion of Europe. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
  • Louis Mountbatten's headquarters moved from Delhi, India to Kandy, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as an escort for a convoy bound for Majuro Lagoon, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Skipjack departed the Pribilof Islands, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 674th Bomb Squadron (flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Saidor Airfield | Saidor | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was awarded the Order of Glory 3rd Class while fighting in Byelorussia; she was the first woman of 3rd Byelorussian Front to receive this award. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | CPC]
Hawaii India
  • General Renya Mutaguchi ordered Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato to capture Kohima, India by 29 Apr 1944. On the front, Anglo-Indian and Japanese troops clashed at Garrison Hill and FSD Hill near Kohima. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kohima, Assam | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harder sank Matsue Maru and damaged an armed escort, firing four torpedoes and scoring one hit on each ship. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
  • USS Whale spotted two small Japanese vessels in the East China Sea but failed to achieve attacking position. ww2dbase [Whale | East China Sea | CPC]
United States
  • A Constellation aircraft piloted by Howard Hughes and Jack Frye flew from Burbank, California, United States to Washington DC, United States in 6 hours and 57 minutes, breaking the record. ww2dbase [C-69 Constellation | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1944
B-25G Mitchell bomber of the AAF TAC Center, Orlando, Florida, United States, 17 Apr 1944

17 Apr 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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