17 Mar 1944
  • Soviet troops captured Dubno, Ukraine, a major transportation hub. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-371 sank US troop transport Dempo in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 498. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The first American bombing on Vienna, Austria from Italy took place. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops advanced near the Romanian border. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Finland rejected the Soviet peace proposal. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese and Anglo-Indian troops clashed at Tonzang, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Columbia arrived at Emirau, Bismarck Islands to support the landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Eighteen aircraft (Model F6F-5), officers and men of Night Fighting Squadron 77 (VF(N)-77) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • New Zealand troops captured the train station at Cassino, Italy. Nearby, Indian Gurkha troops captured Point 435 (nicknamed Hangman's Hill). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Edward Brooks became the commanding officer of the US 2nd Armored Division at Tidworth Barracks near Salisbury, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

17 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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