Today in World War II History—January 16, 1944
80 Years Ago—Jan. 16, 1944: Countdown to D-day: Gen. Dwight Eisenhower assumes command of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces) in London for Operation Overlord (D-day).
Japanese make final counterattack on New Britain in the Solomons, but fail.
Lt. Stewart Graham of the US Coast Guard becomes the first person to make a helicopter takeoff and landing aboard a ship underway—in a Sikorsky HNS-1 on British cargo ship Daghestan in the North Atlantic.