Events occurring on Saturday, April 1, 1944  
  The Central Pacific Theater  
  U.S. Navy Task Unit 57.10.9, composed of the destroyer escort USS Sanders (DE 40), tank landing ship LST-127, and infantry landing craft LCI-346 and LCI-449 carried out the unopposed occupation of Ailuk Atoll, Marshall Islands.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted British steam merchant Dahomian was torpedoed and sunk by the U-852, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinz-Wilhelm Eck, ten miles west-southwest of Cape Point, South Africa in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 2 died and 49 survivors were picked up by the South African armed whalers HMSAS Krugersdorp (T 48) and HMSAS Natalia (T 02). The 5,277 ton Dahomian was carrying general cargo, including 17 aircraft and mail and was headed for Capetown, South Africa.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Flying Fish (SS 229), commanded by Lt. Commander Robert D. Risser, torpedoed and sank the 2,398 ton Japanese Japanese cargo ship Minami Maru at Kaito Daito Jima.  
   
  The Southwest Pacific Theater  
  The minelayer IJN Nasami sank as the result of damage suffered off Rabaul, New Britain, on March 30.  
   
  Japanese Submarine Warfare  
  The submarines IJN I-46 and IJN RO-46 were damaged in an underwater collision southwest of Kominase Shima in the northern Inland Sea, Japan.  
   
  The United States Navy  
  Full scale operation commenced at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Honolulu. The facility was built to support the Naval Air Transport operations that serviced both land and sea planes and to house about 5,000 men.  
     
   
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