16 Mar 1944
  • American aircraft attacked a Japanese convoy near Wewak, New Guinea. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshi Matsuura was named the commanding officer of light carrier Ryuho. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport and damaged a tanker off Okinawa, Japan, hitting them with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Allies troops captured Mawlu, a major rail link in central Burma. ww2dbase [Mawlu | CPC]
France Hawaii India
  • The Calcutta, India based Special Operations Executive mission in the Far East, known as GS I(k), adopted the title Force 136 with the purpose of providing long-range strategic and political intelligence throughout South-East Asia, and to organise local resistance groups against the Japanese. ww2dbase [Calcutta, Bengal | AC]
Italy Pacific Ocean
  • Destroyer USS Hoel crossed the equator for the first time. Her log recorded, “The ship teemed with low marine life. Polywogs in particular were in abundance. These were brought before the royal court of Neptunus Rex and duly initiated.” ww2dbase [Hoel | Line Crossing Ceremony | DS]
United Kingdom
  • British civilian Oswald Job was hanged at Pentonville Prison in Islington, London, England, United Kingdom for spying. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Tang departed Midway, starting her second war patrol in the waters near Palau Islands, Caroline Islands, and south of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Tang | Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Mar 1944
The one millionth German resettler of Wartheland speaking at a ceremony, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944; Arthur Greiser and Walter Petzel in backgroundGreiser speaking to he one millionth German resettler of Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944Greiser speaking at a ceremony that celebrated reaching one million German resettlers in Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944Greiser shaking hands with the one millionth German resettler of Wartheland, Posen, Germany, 16 Mar 1944
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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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