23 Feb 1944
  • USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Snook attacked a large Japanese convoy in the Pacific Ocean. After sneaking past 11 escort vessels, she fired five torpedoes, two of which hit and sank the passenger-cargo ship Koyo Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Yamashimo Maru with four torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A British Swordfish aircraft sank German submarine U-713 near Allied convoy JW-57; all 50 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and losing two boats. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish attacked a Japanese convoy off the Mariana Islands, sinking transports Kunishima Maru and Shinyubari Maru, hitting them with 7 of 13 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 39 Polish boys between the age of 13 to 17 originally from the Zamosc region were brought from Auschwitz II-Birkenau to block 20 at Auschwitz I. They were told that they would be trained to be nurses, but that evening they were killed with phenol heart injections given by SS-Unterscharführer Scherpe. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Feb 1944
A Japanese aircraft crashed into the sea near carrier Belleau Wood in the Mariana Islands, 23 Feb 1944; photo taken from USS EssexGeneral Joseph Stilwell reading a letter at the Forward Echelon Headquarters, Taihpa Ga, Burma, 23 Feb 1944US Marines advancing on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, 23 Feb 1944; note bayonets fixed on rifles

23 Feb 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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945