30 Mar 1944
  • USS Iowa joined Task Force 58. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese transport off Okinawa, Japan; all 4 torpedoes fired missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny performed lifeguard duties in the Palau Islands for airmen of the Fifth Fleet. Shortly after noon, she was mistaken for a Japanese submarine and was attacked, causing some damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Caiman was launched, sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. R. C. Bonjour. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi sustained numerous bomb and rocket hits from US carrier aircraft and sank in shallow water north of Urukthapel Island, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler fired Paul von Kleist and Erich von Manstein, replacing them with Ferdinand Schörner and Walter Model. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • A 795-plane air raid (572 Lancaster, 214 Halifax, and 9 Mosquito) against Nürnberg, Germany; 82 aircraft were lost on the way to the attack, and a further 12 were lost on the return flight; nearly 700 lives were lost by the RAF. This was Bomber Command's heaviest single loss of the war. German casualties included 69 civilians and 59 foreign slave laborers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • On the fatal Nürnberg, Germany raid, one of the aircraft was flown by British Pilot Officer Cyril Barton of 578 Squadron. Badly shot up on the way to the target, his Halifax bomber managed to bomb the target and made its way back to England before his fuel ran out. Barton sucessfully crash-landed his aircraft on dead engines, thus saving his crew, but was so fatally wounded himself that he died on his way to hospital. Barton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US troops landed on Pityilu, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Paul von Kleist was awarded Swords to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched air strikes on enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Japanese troops besieged Imphal, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Portland screened fleet carriers as their aircraft struck enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft attacked Japanese positions at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • US Navy listed USS Grayback as missing and presumed lost with all hands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Mar 1944
Rundstedt and Rommel studying a map at the LXXXI Army Corps headquarters in Northern France, 30 Mar 1944Peleliu, Palau Islands under attack by US Navy carrier aircraft, 30 Mar 1944; note F6F Hellcat fighter in flightRepair ship Akashi burning as the result of US carrier aircraft attack, Palau Islands, 30 Mar 1944Launching of submarine Caiman, Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 30 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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