28 Jan 1944
  • USS Flying Fish ended her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pompon arrived at Darwin, Australia, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse began an 80-hour chase of a Japanese convoy off the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In an effort to stop Spain from supplying Germany with war materials and to withdraw her troops from the Russian Front, the US and Britain announced an oil embargo. This embargo will last about 4 months until Franco finally gave in. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Several German divisions were cut off and surrounded near Cherkassy, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • 677 RAF aircraft (432 Lancaster, 241 Halifax, and 4 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 46 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian prisoner of war Lieutenant Bill Millar hid underneath a Germany truck at the Oflag IV-C camp at Colditz Castle in Germany during an air raid and was able to escape the camp later when the truck was driven out of the camp. His fate after the escape was unknown, however. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Grayback departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Task Group 19.18 departed. Part of ACORN-21 departed. Part of GROPAC-4 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring ordered a counterattack against the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho exited the drydocks at Innoshima, Hiroshima, Japan and moved to Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 103 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Polish AK resistance fighters planned an assassination of German SS commander Franz Kutschera in Warsaw, Poland, but the operation was called off when the target failed to appear as expected. ww2dbase [Main Article | JR]
Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-56A arrived at Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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