30 Jan 1944
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ship Toko Maru south of Japan, which she had been chasing for many hours, hitting her with all three of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Becuna was launched, sponsored by the wife of Commander George C. Crawford. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-278 fatally damaged Allied arctic convoy escort HMS Hardy; HMS Venus scuttled HMS Hardy after the damaged destroyer was abandoned. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Camp Four of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) in Xamba, Suiyuan Province, China sent its first weather report to the SACO headquarters in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 534 RAF aircraft (440 Lancaster, 82 Halifax, and 12 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 33 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson shot down a German Me 410 heavy fighter and a Bf 109 fighter over Lingen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied forces attacked out of the Anzio, Italy beachhead, advancing toward Cisterna and Campoleone, but none of the two forces would be able to capture the objectives; during the process, an entire US Army Ranger battalion was destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) struck targets on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands to begin softening up the island for the landings set for the next day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Finback damaged a fishing trawler with gunfire in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The opening installment of "The Dyess Story" was published by the newspaper Chicago Tribune. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1944
Men of 697th Field Artillery Battalion firing 240mm howitzer at Mignano, Italy, 30 Jan 1944Captain Burke introducing Rear Admiral Aaron Merrill to the crew of Charles Ausburne and Claxton during an awards ceremony held on board Charles Ausburne, Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, 30 Jan 1944US Marines displaying a captured Japanese flag, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, late Jan 1944Captain Arleigh Burke receiving the Navy Cross from Rear Admiral Arthur Merrill aboard the destroyer Charles Ausburne in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomons, 30 Jan 1944.
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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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