16 Feb 1944
  • USS Iowa was detached to raid Japanese shipping in the Truk, Caroline Islands area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cod sank a sampan by surface gunfire. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hoe attacked a Japanese convoy with 8 torpedoes, scoring 4 hits on 2 freighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island departed at New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • A Japanese G4M bomber attempted to transfer six prisoners of war (including Gregory Boyington) from Rabaul in New Britain to Truk in the Caroline Islands, but the flight resulted in an emergency landing on another New Britain airfield as an Allied air raid was detected. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched highly successful raids occurred on Truk (Chuuk), Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Seahorse arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The Germans launched Operation Fischfang, throwing 7 divisions against the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy. On the same day, Harold Alexander inserted Lucian Truscott and Vyvyan Evelegh under Major General John Lucas in an attempt to alleviate Lucas' poor performance at Anzio. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Fighter-bombers attacked the already-destroyed historic Benedictine monastery atop Monte Cassino, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted carriers while carrier aircraft attacked Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Bergall was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Elkins. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1944
WW2-era recognition drawing of SOC Seagull floatplane by Air Intelligence Group, US Navy Technical Air Intelligence Section, 16 Feb 1944Japanese naval base, warships, and fishing boats at Dublon Island under American aerial attack, Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands, 16 Feb 1944, photo 1 of 2Japanese ships and fishing boats under attack at Dublon Island, Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands, 16 Feb 1944Two US Navy fighter pilots aboard carrier Enterprise during the raid on Truk Atoll in the Caroline Islands, 16 Feb 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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