Events occurring on Wednesday, January 19, 1944  
  The Siege of Leningrad  
  The Red Army liberated Novgorod.  
   
  The Allied Campaign for New Guinea  
  USAAF B-24 Liberators from the 5th Air Force sank the Japanese cargo vessel Kaishu Maru at Manus, Admiralty Islands.  
   
   The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-641, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Horst Rendtel, was sunk by depth charges from the corvette HMS Violet (K 35), commanded by Lt. Charles N. Stewart, southwest of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. All the ship’s complement of 50 died.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Haddock (SS 231), commanded by Commander John P. Roach, torpedoed and damaged the escort carrier IJN Unyo approximately 140 nautical miles east-southeast of Guam.  
   
   Events in the Soviet Union  
  Stalin awarded the Order of Lenin to the men and women workers and the technical engineering workers of the construction of the Moscow Underground for their successful achievements during the difficult conditions of war of the construction of the third section of the Moscow Underground.  
   
  The U.S. 133rd Infantry Division  
  The 100th Battalion returned to The 133rd Infantry Regiment.  
   
  No events listed.  
  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 submarine HMS Vivid (P 77) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. John C. Varley.  
   
  The destroyer escort USS Jenks (DE 665) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Julius F. Way.  
   
  The destroyer escort USS Cofer (DE 208) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Alvin P. Chester.  
   
  The U-484 was commissioned. Her first commander was Korvettenkapitän Wolf-Axel Schaefer.  
     
  The U-1168 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Martin Grasse.  
     
   
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