29 Feb 1944
  • The US submarine Trout was reported missing, presumed sunk, whilst on patrol northwest of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Cod attacked a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Rock attacked a Japanese convoy en route to Truk, Caroline Islands, but was detected by destroyer Asashimo. She fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the destroyer (none hit) and dove. She was subjected to a four-hour depth charge attack that cause much damage, forcing her to return for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Brewer: US troops invaded the Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese submarine I-37 torpedoed the merchantman SS Ascot in the Indian Ocean and then machine-gunned the 52 survivors in the water, killing 45. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Oberfeldwebel Otto Meyer and Hauptmann Fritz Schmidtmann of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Ships of US Navy Destroyer Squadron 22 gathered off Praed Point about 6.5 miles away from Rabaul, New Britain just before midnight at the end of this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Kempeitai staff at Rabaul, New Britain discussed moving its headquarters from the center of town to a safer location due to US bombing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Seventy "Comfort Girls", captive women forced into prostitution by the Japanese, were machine gunned on the island of Truk in the Caroline Islands as the Japanese tried to destroy evidence before the American invasion arrived. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The third major German offensive was launched at Anzio, Italy, which would again fail to dislodge the Allies. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 29 Feb 1944
Capt James Doyle presented Knox the first US flag over Japanese territory (Kwajalein), 29 Feb 1944MacArthur and his acting aide Colonel Lloyd Lehrabas inspected the results of the heavy naval bombardment on Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, 29 Feb 1944Japanese landing ship No. 149 unloading a Type 3 Ka-Chi amphibious tank, Nasake Island, Kure, Japan, 29 Feb 1944

29 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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