4 Mar 1944
  • Zhukov's attack against Armeegruppe Süd in Ukraine was resumed. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Japanese Navy formed the 14th Air Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo with Rear Admiral Hideo Yano as his chief of staff; the fleet had the sgrenth of two air flotillas and one seaplane tender. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • About 31 prisoners of war were led out of their cells in Rabaul, New Britain and they were never to be seen again. After the war, the Japanese claimed that they were led to the Talili Bay area where a direct hit by a US bomber killed them all on 5 Mar 1944. A later study of US records showed that no missions were conducted in that region during the campaign, however. No conclusion had ever been reached on the fates of these prisoners of war, although many historians would venture that they were executed by their guards. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
China
  • Tan Kun, flying a P-40N fighter, attacked Qiongshan Airfield near Haikou, Hainan island, China, destroying one bomber on the ground and one Ki-43 aircraft in the air; he was given credit by the Chinese Air Force for the aerial victory but not by the US Army Air Forces. ww2dbase [Tan Kun | Qiongshan, Hainan | CPC]
France
  • A British photo-reconnaissance flight by a Spitfire aircraft revealed concrete mixing was being conducted under camouflage netting beside the railway near Wizernes in northern France, and it was later determined that the site might possibly be intended for the launching of a large rocket. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | La Coupole | Wizernes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | AC]
Germany Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | South China Sea | CPC]
Poland Russia
  • Viktor Abakumov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was awarded the Order of Kutuzov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Vsevolod Merkulov | CPC]
United States
  • Sterlet was commissioned into service with Commander O. C. Robbins in command. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Mar 1944
USS Washington with temporary bow, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 4 Mar 1944Essex-class Aircraft carrier USS Hornet gliding into Berth F-9 on the northwest corner of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 4 Mar 1944. Note SB2C Helldivers on the flight deck and Measure 33, Design 3a paint.

4 Mar 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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