29 Jan 1944
  • Battleship Missouri was launched, sponsored by Mary Magaret Truman, daughter of Senator Harry Truman. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Activity began convoy escort duties with the Second Escort Group. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The head of police of the Italian Social Republic in northern Italy ordered that all Jewish communities be dissolved by the next month. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A transport of 245 prisoners sent by the Bialystok Gestapo arrived at Stutthof concentration camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • In Germany, the Duisburg and Herbouville flying bomb site were bombed by 22 Mosquito aircraft of the RAF. Meanwhile, RAF bombers attacked Berlin and USAAF bombers attacked Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Total Allied strength at the Anzio, Italy beachhead totaled 69,000 men, 508 guns, and 208 tanks by the end of this day. On the other side of the lines, German strength rose to 71,500 men. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 151 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and Task Group 58.1 arrived at its launching point early in the morning and its carriers (Yorktown, Lexington, and Cowpens) began air strikes on Taroa airfield on Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. Throughout the day, aircraft hit Maloelap in preparation for the assaults on Majuro and Kwajalein scheduled for the 31 Jan 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Roi, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was buried at the cemetery at Deelen airfield in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Luftwaffe bombers attacked London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Rohan Amerasekera was promoted to the rank of flying officer in the British Royal Air Force. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jan 1944
Launching of Missouri, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 29 Jan 1944PB2Y-3 Coronado aircraft of US Navy squadrons VP-13 and VP-102 in the submarine basin of Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 29 Jan 1944

29 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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