31 Mar 1944
  • 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 [Mineichi Koga | CPC]
  • Aircraft from ships Beagle and Tracker in Allied convoy JW-58 sank German submarine U-355 in the Arctic Sea. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS De Haven (DD-727) was commissioned with Commander J. B. Dimmick in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Smalley was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Smalley | CPC]
  • USS Pintado set sail for the Panama Canal. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • 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]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze was assigned to Destroyer Division 17, Destroyer Squadron 10, 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish was attacked by a Japanese submarine; she was able to evade the torpedoes fired at her. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Shokaku arrived off Singapore naval yard. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched air strikes on enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Palau | DS]
Ceylon Germany Hawaii
  • USS S-43 departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [S-43 | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • Katori was stricken from the Japanese Navy list. ww2dbase [Katori | CPC]
  • Naka was struck from the Japanese Navy list. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
Pacific Ocean

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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