31 Mar 1944
  • Shokaku arrived off Singapore naval yard. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Smalley was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze was assigned to Destroyer Division 17, Destroyer Squadron 10, 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish was attacked by a Japanese submarine; she was able to evade the torpedoes fired at her. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado set sail for the Panama Canal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Mineichi Koga passed away when the flying boat that carried him from Palau Islands to Philippine Islands crashed into the sea in bad weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Aircraft from ships Beagle and Tracker in Allied convoy JW-58 sank German submarine U-355 in the Arctic Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS De Haven (DD-727) was commissioned with Commander J. B. Dimmick in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US Navy canceled its contracts signed prior to the Pacific War with civilian construction firms for projects across the Pacific Ocean. Those signed after the start of the war would continue. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched air strikes on enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The newly-formed German Jagdverband 44, flying Me 262 jet fighters, flew its first mission out of München (Munich), Germany. 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]

31 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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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944