28 Mar 1944

Australian Papua
  • 418th Night Fighter Squadron (flying P-61 aircraft) of USAAF V Fighter Command was transferred out of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
  • 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) eliminated a Japanese position near the Mogaung River north of Shaduzup, Burma at 0430 hours. After sun rise, Japanese 70-millimeter howitzer and 77-millimeter mountain guns fired on American positions to clear the road to Shaduzup as Shaduzup was now under attack by Chinese 22nd Division. Meanwhile, Japanese troops counterattacked Chinese troops near Jambu Bum ridge. Elsewhere in Burma, The 2nd Battalion departed Auche at 0600 hours, Japanese troops in pursuit. The first units of the 2nd Battalion began arriving at Nhpum Ga at 1000 hours. Frank Merrill left the defense of Nhpum Ga to the 2nd Battalion and moved his headquarters to the clearing of Hsamshingyang. Merrill was visibly pale and unwell en route to H. The doctors believed he had suffered a minor heart attack and arranged Merrill to be evacuated by air. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Frank Merrill | Auche | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Bichu Maru at Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Palau | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides torpedoed and sank Japanese landing ship Kairyu Maru as it entered Manokwari harbor, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Silversides | Manokwari, New Guinea | DS]
France Germany India
  • The US Twentieth Bomber Command, under the command of General Kenneth B. Wolfe, established its headquarters at Kharagpur, India. ww2dbase [Kharagpur, Bengal | AC]
Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 106 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Asasaburo Kobayashi stepped down as the commanding officer of Japanese 30th Division. ww2dbase [Heijo, Heiannan | CPC]
  • Red Army troops entered Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Spanish volunteers of the recently disbanded German Army "Blue Legion" began to arrive in Spain; the final transport of these volunteers back to Spain would arrive on 12 Apr 1944. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Red Army units captured Nikolaev as they entered Romania. ww2dbase [Mykolaiv | TH]
  • German and Romanian forces began the evacuation of Odessa, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Odessa | AC]
United States Yugoslavia
  • In Yugoslavia, a battalion from SS–Volunteer-Division Prinz Eugen overran the Dalmatian villages of Dorfer Otok, Cornji, Ruda and Dolac Delnji and carried out, with horrific barbarism, in a single day the massacre of 834 people including grown men, women and children. The Germans drove the villagers into one place and then opened fire on them with machine-guns. They threw bombs among any survivors, robbed them of their possessions and afterwards burned the corpses. They also burnt down some 500 houses and plundered everything that could be looted. ww2dbase [Leiyun CAMCO Factory | Dorfer Otok, Croatia | AC]

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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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