23 Feb 1944
  • USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Yamashimo Maru with four torpedoes. ww2dbase [Tang | 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 [Snook | CPC]
  • A British Swordfish aircraft sank German submarine U-713 near Allied convoy JW-57; all 50 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Italy
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and losing two boats. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Majuro | 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 [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Poland 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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Famous WW2 Quote
"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