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5 Feb 1944
  • Piranha was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Segundo was launched, sponsored by Mrs. John L. Sullivan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German Naval High Command temporarily halted preparations for Operation Sealion, seeing that at this stage of the war an invasion of Britain was not likely to happen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Egon Mayer became the first German Luftwaffe fighter pilot operating solely on the western front to reach 100 victories. He would claim just two more before being killed on 2 Mar 1944 whilst attacking a formation of B-17 bombers near Sedan, France. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Gar arrived at Open Bay on the northern coast of New Britain to pick up downed airmen who had been under the care of coast watchers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of Sakurai Force of Japanese 55th Division penetrated lines held by Indian 7th Division in Arakan, Burma undetected. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Haddock arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of ACORN-22 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • US forces reached the outskirts of Cassino, Italy, but were held out of the town. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German and Allied artillery pieces bombarded each other at Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 131 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • USAAF 453rd Bomber Group based at Old Buckenham Airfield (US Station 144) in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom was deemed ready for operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Gunnel departed Midway Atoll for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Feb 1944
Spruance and Nimitz at Kwajalein Island, 5 Feb 1944Launching of submarine Segundo, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 5 Feb 1944

5 Feb 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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Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943