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17 Nov 1944
  • Japanese physicist Yoshio Nishina reported to his army liaison officer Major General Nobuji that the atomic bomb research project under him had not made much progress in the past nine months. This was partly because his cyclotron could not operate at full power due to the poor quality vacuum tubes. ww2dbase [Yoshio Nishina | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Kinpei Teraoka was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Becuna damaged four Japanese ships: tanker San Luis Maru, tanker Tokuwa Maru, a transport, and cargo ship. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • Julius Adler was removed from the active roster due to illness. ww2dbase [Julius Adler | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands together with other ships of Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • Seisho Maru was damaged by a torpedo from USS Sunfish in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Seisho Maru | East China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking passenger-cargo ship Shunten Maru and damaging several ships; 16 torpedoes were expended during this attack, 7 of which scored hits. ww2dbase [Gunnel | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish attacked a Japanese convoy in the Yellow Sea, sinking Edogawa Maru and Seisho Maru, hitting them with 6 of 16 torpedoes fired; her wolfpack mates USS Peto and USS Spadefish claimed several other ships. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | Yellow Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1944
USS ABSD-1 with USS LSM-67 and USS LSM-218 in the dock, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 17 Nov 1944USS ABSD-1 with USS LSM-67, USS LSM-218, USS LSM-269, and USS LSM-219 in the dock, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 17 Nov 1944, photo 1 of 2USS ABSD-1 with USS LSM-67, USS LSM-218, USS LSM-269, and USS LSM-219 in the dock, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 17 Nov 1944, photo 2 of 2Collage from USS Hancock Cruise Book showing Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Sr. aboard his flagship; shown on the flight deck, admiral
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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