8 Mar 1944

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Battle of Hill 700: Japanese troops began a 5-day offensive against US positions at Bougainville. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • Japanese troops launched a major offensive across the Chindwin River in Burma toward Imphal, India. Meanwhile, another regiment from the Japanese 33rd Division crossed the Manipur River in Burma toward the Burmese-Indian border toward Tiddim, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Orde Wingate personally visited the Chowringhee site of Operation Thursday in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • USAAF bombers attacked Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Robert Johnson participated in a large aerial battle over Steinhude Lake, Germany during which the Germans shot down 34 American bombers, but Johnson was able to claim two Bf 109 kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 101 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) stood out of Majuro, Marshall Islands for Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Alabama was relieved as the flagship of Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher of the US Navy Fast Carrier Task Force at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • 3,791 Czech Jews were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland. The men were killed in Crematorium III and the women and children in Crematorium II. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • NKVD troops began rounding up Balkars people in the Caucasus region of Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Sennet was laid down at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Mar 1944
USS San Diego underway, 8 Mar 1944; seen from an airship of US Navy Blimp Squadron 32

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

8 Mar 1944 Interactive Map




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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944