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5 Jan 1944
  • German blockade runner Burgenland was attacked by light cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Jouett in the Atlantic Ocean leading to the German crew scuttling their own ship. Walter Auconi, former commanding of Italian submarine Comandante Cappellini, was among the survivors; he and the 31 other Germans and Italians in his lifeboat was later picked up by a Brazilian ship and spent the rest of the war in a Brazilian prisoners of war camp. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Germany New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • USS Scorpion made rendezvous with USS Herring in the East China Sea, but the planned transfer of an injured sailor from Scorpion to Herring did not take place due to heavy seas. Some time after this date, she was lost, presumed mined in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Scorpion | East China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | South China Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 Jan 1944
Barbey and Kinkaid over a map of New Guinea, 5 Jan 1944Sergeant Gordon Davies of Canadian 1st Parachute Battalion on a Welbike in Bulford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 5 Jan 1944

5 Jan 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945

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