18 Mar 1944

Atlantic Ocean
  • Aircraft of No. 466 Squadron RAAF conducted minelaying operations in the North Sea off of Helgoland, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chindit troops reached the railway at Kenu, Burma; the subsequent Battle of Pagoda Hill was characterized by savage hand-to-hand fighting that resulted in 23 Chindits and 42 Japanese killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF bombers attacked Hamburg, Germany with approximately 3,000 tons of bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • USS Golet departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Japanese 15th Division reached Ukhrul, India, which was about 50 miles from Imphal, India. Behind them, Japanese 31st Division crossed the Chindwin River in eight columns toward India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank British merchant ship Nancy Moller in the Indian Ocean. The submarine picked up six of the survivors and executed two of them by pistol and another two by drowning. The crew then opened fire on the life boat, killing 32 of the over 60 survivors aboard. Ultimately only 31 would survive, picked up by HMS Emerald four days later. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • New Zealand troops mounted a failed armored attack on Cassino, Italy, losing all 17 tanks in the process. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Iowa bombarded Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands. She was hit by two 120-millimeter shells from Japanese coastal guns during the bombardment, suffering minor damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Pollack arrived off Nanpo Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray fired six torpedoes at two Japanese destroyers and one patrol craft in the South China Sea; her crew reported hearing one explosion, but could not confirm it as the submarine dove in expectation of counterattacks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At 1100 hours, Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoner Rudolf Friemel married forced laborer Margarita Ferrer at the camp's Registry Office. It was the only case where a prisoner was allowed to marry in the camp. They had met in Spain when Rudolf Friemel, an Austrian, fought as a volunteer for the Spanish Republicans in the civil war. Friemel was executed by hanging on 30 Dec 1944 for a failed attempt to escape Auschwitz. Ferrer and their child survived the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • USAAF 453rd Bomber Group based at Old Buckenham Airfield (US Station 144) in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom attacked Friedrichshafen in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1944
USS Petrof bay on her shakedown cruise, 18 Mar 1944John Curtin and Douglas MacArthur at Fairbairn Airbase, Canberra, Australia, 18 Mar 1944Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell awarding the Silver Star medal to Lieutenant Albert J. Harvey, Hukawng Valley, northern Burma, 18 Mar 1944Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell awarding the Silver Star medal to Colonel Rothwell H. Brown, Hukawng Valley, northern Burma, 18 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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