Events occurring on Monday, January 10, 1944  
  The Central Pacific Theater  
  Japanese planes again bombed the advanced base at Tarawa, but inflict neither casualties nor serious damage to installations.  
  Aerial minelaying operations in the Marshal Islands continued. Two PBY-5 patrol bombers, flying from Tarawa, mined Meichen Channel and Legediak Strait, Wotje, Atoll.  
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  While on patrol in the East China Sea west off Okinawa, The submarine USS Seawolf (SS 197), commanded by Lt. Commander Royce L. Gross, torpedoed and sank the 7,523 ton Japanese transport ship Asuka Maru and the 6,440 ton Japanese merchant Getsuyo Maru.  
  In the midst of a "full- fledged typhoon the submarine USS Steelhead (SS 280), commanded by Lt. Commander David L. Whelchel, torpedoed and sank the 6,799 ton Japanese repair ship Yamabiko Maru approximately 200 nautical miles south of Hamamatsu, Honshu, Japan.  
  The submarine USS Thresher (SS 200), commanded by Lt. Commander Duncan C. MacMillan, sank the 91 ton Japanese sailing vessel Horai Maru with gunfire in the South China Sea.  
  The Pacific Theater  
  The motor minesweeper YMS-127 sank after running aground in the Aleutian Islands.  
  Inside the Third Reich  
  Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian, died at the concentration camp at Struthof bei Schirmeck. Although the official death notice cited a heart attack as the cause of death, prisoners would later report that he was brutally murdered by the camp’s guards.  
  In Other News  
  The first mobile electric power plant was delivered by the General Electric Company of Schenectady, N.Y. to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks, Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It consisted of six specially built railway cars housing a complete steam-turbine generating plant as well as the switchgear and transformer apparatus for controlling and distributing the 10,000 kilowatts of electric power it was capable of generating. The boilers were fired by oil. The unit had no motive power of its own but could be hauled over the rails at speeds up to forty miles an hour and could be placed in operation within twenty four hours.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The frigate HMS Trollope (K 575) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Harry Westacott.  
  The destroyer escort USS Strickland (DE 333) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Arthur J. Hopkins.  
  January 1944 Calendar  
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