16 Apr 1944
  • Wisconsin was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche reached waters south of Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Red Army units cleared Yalta, Ukraine of remaining pockets of German resistance. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division arrived in England, United Kingdom in preparation for the Normandy, France invasion. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Finback conducted a reconnaissance mission at Oroluk Atoll, Caroline Islands, firing on a damaged ship and a tower on land during the mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Indian 5th Brigade arrived at Jotsoma, India, allowing Indian 161st Brigade to prepare for an advance toward Kohima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Italy, German Armeegruppe von Zangen placed the 800-strong "Lupo" Italian naval infantry battalion under German "Hermann Göring" Division for anti-partisan training. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) holds Crossing the Line ceremonies as the ship cross the equator ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • A transport of 1,500 Jews from Drancy Concentration Camp outside of Paris arrived at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp; it was the 71st transport from Drancy to Auschwitz. 165 men and 223 women were registered into the camp, while the remaining 1,112 were gassed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Miami departed Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Apr 1944
USS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 4 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10D

16 Apr 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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