World War II, Pacific 1944
Draft menu of Spring 1944
April 1944Apr 4 . Battle of Kohima, India, till 22June.
Apr 22. Hollandia and Aitape, western New Guinea, in Operations Reckless / Persecution.
May 1944May 3 . End of meat rationing in USA.
May 17. Merrill's Marauders capture Japanese air base in Burma, first large action in Asia.
June 1944June 1 . Army moves to capture airfields on Biak, Papua, N.G.
June 2 . Task forces start to sortie for Saipan
June 4. Transports depart for Saipan
June 6 . D-Day at Normandy
June 6 . Carriers sortie for Saipan
June 12. 15 carriers attack Marianas: Saipan, Tinain, Guam
June 15. Invasion of Saipan
June 15. First B-29 raid on Japan -- from China
June 17. Japanese carrier fleet refuels in Philippine Sea.
June 17. Japanese carriers Taiho sunk by Albacore (SS-218) and Shokaku sunk by Cavalla (SS-244).
June 18. Four U.S. carrier groups rendezvous west of Marianas.
June 18. Japanese scout planes find U.S. fleet.
June 19. Philippine Sea "Turkey Shoot" air battle. Japan had 430 planes in morning, only 35 that night. U.S. lost 30.
June 19. England (DE-635) sinks I-16, first of six subs in twelve days.
June 20. Twilight Attack on Japanese fleet . Carriers Hiyo sunk, Zuikaku and Chiyoda damaged.
- U.S. lost 20 planes in combat, 80 planes lost out of fuel at night.
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