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 [Main Article | 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 [CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF launched its first major bombing raid on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Composite Squadron 30 (VC-30) and Composite Squadron 25 (VC-25) on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 750 Jews from the Lodz ghetto were sent to the Hugo Schneider AG factories in Czestochowa, Poland as forced laborers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was awarded the Order of Kutuzov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Sterlet was commissioned into service with Commander O. C. Robbins in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Mar 1944
USS Washington with temporary bow, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 4 Mar 1944

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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