24 Jan 1944
  • Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board in response to political pressure that demanded action to help Jews in occupied Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of CASU-30 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Hitler ordered that the Gustav Line in Italy was to be held at all costs. Meanwhile, French forces attacked north of Monte Cassino and US 34th Infantry Division attacked across the Rapido River north of Cassino. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • At Anzio, Italy, Private George Mitchell charged alone through intense machine-gun fire, jumped into the weapon pit and killed the crew. Shortly afterwards, he similarly assaulted a second position, killing six of the enemy and taking 12 prisoners. He was killed moments later when one of the Germans who had supposedly surrendered snatched up a discarded rifle and shot him. Mitchell was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross medal. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German forces in the Anzio, Italy region increased to over 40,000 men. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Junio Valerio Borghese was released from imprisonment in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale spotted a Japanese submarine and gave chase, but a trim pump fire forced her to abandon chase. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Violette Szabo made her will, witnessed by Vera Atkins and Major R. A. Bourne Paterson of Special Operations Executive, naming her mother Reine as executrix and her daughter Tania as sole beneficiary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jan 1944
Battleship Indiana underway at sea in the Marshall Islands, 24 Jan 1944; note Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1BLaunching of USS Hancock, Bethlehem Steel Company at Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 24 Jan 1944Battleships Iowa and Indiana underway during the Marshall Islands Campaign, 24 Jan 1944; note ships with Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1B and wing of SB2C Helldiver aircraft in foregroundBattleships Iowa and Indiana underway during the Marshall Islands Campaign, 24 Jan 1944; note Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1B; cropped photo of NARA 80-G-235080
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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