19 Jan 1944
  • Colonel Hubert Zemke took command of 61st Fighter Squadron of USAAF 56th Fighter Group, relieving Francis Gabreski. ww2dbase [Francis Gabreski | CPC]
Australia France
  • Resistance fighters blew up the Usines Ratier airscrew works, in southwetern France, wrecking it so thoroughly that it never resumed production in wartime. The charges with 30-minute fuses, laid while German guards patrolled the yards outside, detonated with such force that one 30-ton press was sent 25ft into the air. ww2dbase [The French Resistance | AC]
Hawaii Ireland
  • The Irish government announced the arrest of two Irish traitors, parachuted in from German aircraft. ww2dbase [TH]
Italy
  • British 46th Infantry Division attacked German positions near the junction of the Garigliano River and the Liri River in Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | CPC]
  • An Italian motor torpedo boat raid on Allied-held Naples, Italy was aborted. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 17th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 6 torpedoes on a Japanese warship convoy 100 miles east of Guam, Mariana Islands, damaging carrier Unyo with 3 hits. Unyo would sail to Saipan, Mariana Islands for temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Haddock | CPC]
Russia
  • German troops managed to avoid being encircled at Novgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [Novgorod | TH]
Photo(s) dated 19 Jan 1944
Drawing of Measure 32 Design 7A for Iowa-class battleships, 19 Jan 1944, page 1 of 2 (starboard-side view)Drawing of Measure 32 Design 7A for Iowa-class battleships, 19 Jan 1944, page 2 of 2 (port-side view)Commodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 1 of 2.Commodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 2 of 2.

19 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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