2 Jan 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Submarine Baya was launched, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Lieutenant Commander C. C. Kirkpatrick. ww2dbase [Baya | CPC]
  • USS Iowa departed for the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US Marine Corps 7th Regiment engaged a strong Japanese defense at Suicide Creek near Cape Gloucester, New Britain. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • 20 F6F and 28 F4U fighters from Torokina Airfield in Bougainville conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain; two of these fighters turned back to Torokina due to mechanical problems. 80 A6M fighters rose to defend. The Americans reported 1 kill, 1 probable, and 2 Japanese aircraft damaged. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • US Army troops captured Gumbi Airfield on the northern coast of Australian New Guinea. The airfield's Japanese name was then restored to its prewar English name Saidor, after the nearby village. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Saidor Airfield | CPC]
France
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 again returned early to Lorient, France after rescuing 33 crew members from the German torpedo boat T25 sunk on 28 Dec 1943 by British cruisers in the Bay of Biscay. ww2dbase [U-505 | DS]
Germany Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Rock departed Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Rock | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1944
Soviet troops fighting in Pushkin district of Leningrad, Russia, 2 Jan 1944Survivors of sunken German battleship Scharnhorst disembarking a British warship at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2 Jan 1944Launching of submarine Baya, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 2 Jan 1944

2 Jan 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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