9 Mar 1944
  • Sargent Bay was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | CPC]
  • Wedderburn was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Wedderburn | CPC]
  • USS Pompon attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USAAF medium and heavy bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain. This was to be the first of many unescorted raids by multi-engine bombers as the Japanese fighter strength at Rabaul began to be worn down by continuous Allied aerial attacks. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Austria China
  • 18 B-25 bombers of the Chinese-American Composite Wing escorted by 24 P-40 fighters attacked a foundry and floating docks at Huangshi, Hubei, China. Japanese fighters of 9th and 25th Sentai rose to intercept, shooting down 2 P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [Huangshi, Hubei | CPC]
  • In a letter to Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler noted that by this date, about 36,000 prisoners were employed for various purposes for the Luftwaffe. He informed Göring that plans were being considered to increase the number to 90,000. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | CPC]
  • The order to build the prototype of Type XXVIIA midget submarines was issued to Germaniawerft of Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft | Type XXVII | Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein | CPC]
  • One Italian motor torpedo boat attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Russia United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia and Task Group TG21.12 was dissolved. Composite Squadron VC-55 disembarked to Norfolk Naval Air Station. The day she arrived, USS Card had a routine change of command with Captain Rufus Young, Jr. relieving Captain Arnold Isbell. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1944
B-17G Fortress

9 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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