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23 Apr 1944
  • Erwin Rommel wrote to Alfred Jodl, noting that if given command over the nearby tank formations he would wipe out any Allied landing attempt in France. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops attacked Ningthoukhong, India. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico departed Efate, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Nicholas escorted the transport ships on their withdrawal from the landings at Aitape, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australia Dutch East Indies Hawaii Japan Marshall Islands
  • Lt. Cmdr. Thomas B. Oakley, Jr. relieved Lt. Cmdr. Arnold F. Schlade as commanding officer of submarine USS Growler at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Growler | Majuro | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale was detected by a Japanese patrol boat 22 kilometers east of Akuseki Shima, Japan, but she was able to escape before the Japanese attacked. ww2dbase [Whale | East China Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • American forces conducted marshalling and embarkation drills at Slapton, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Exercise Tiger | Slapton, England | CPC]
United States
  • With fleet carrier USS Ranger loaded with 76 US Army P-38 Lightning aircraft and escort carrier USS Card loaded with 100 US Army P-51 Mustang fighters and 204 US Army personnel, both ships, along with their escorts, departed New York bound for Casablanca in French Morocco. ww2dbase [Ranger | Card | P-51 Mustang | P-38 Lightning | Staten Island, New York | DS]
  • While at Norfolk, Captain Aurelius Bartlett "Abe" Vosseller relieved Captain Dunn as commanding officer of USS Bogue. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Bogue | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 23 Apr 1944
Spruance, portrait, 23 Apr 1944United States Army map of the invasion beachhead at Aitape, New Guinea depicting the progress after the landings of 23 Apr 1944.

23 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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