World War II, Pacific 1944
Draft menu of Spring 1944
April 194404Apr Battle of Kohima, India, till 22June.
22Apr Hollandia and Aitape, western New Guinea, in Operations Reckless / Persecution.
May 194403May End of meat rationing in USA.
17May Merrill's Marauders capture Japanese air base in Burma, first large action in Asia.
June 194401June Army moves to capture airfields on Biak, Papua, N.G.
02June Task forces start to sortie for Saipan
04June Transports depart for Saipan
06June D-Day at Normandy
06June Carriers sortie for Saipan
12June 15 carriers attack Marianas: Saipan, Tinain, Guam
15June Invasion of Saipan
15June First B-29 raid on Japan -- from China
17June Japanese carrier fleet refuels in Philippine Sea.
17June Japanese carriers Taiho sunk by Albacore (SS-218) and Shokaku sunk by Cavalla (SS-244).
18June Four U.S. carrier groups rendezvous west of Marianas.
18June Japanese scout planes find U.S. fleet.
19June Philippine Sea "Turkey Shoot" air battle. Japan had 430 planes in morning, only 35 left that night. U.S. lost 30.
19June England (DE-635)) sinks I-16, first of six subs in twelve days.
20June 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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