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3 Mar 1944
  • The number of British civilian casualties (50,324) became higher than military (50,103). ww2dbase [TH]
  • Under heavy Allied pressure, Spain ordered all remaining Spaniards in German service home, but some ignored the order, and would end up fighting in Berlin, Germany near the end of the European War. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The German Security Police in Italy requested the Italians to assist them in enlarging the Fossoli transit camp because of the growing number of prisoners interned there. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A transport of 1,390 prisoners, mostly Latvians and Russians, was sent from Stutthof Concentration Camp to Mauthausen Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • USS Gar began her eleventh war patrol which saw her on lifeguard duty off Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt announced to the American public that United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union were intended on dividing the Italian fleet evenly between the three powers as war reparations. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-223 conducted a reconnaissance sweep over Tobera Airfield in New Britain. Major Robert Keller recorded a kill, but Japanese records showed that all 7 A6M fighters scrambled to defend the airfield all returned safely. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Italy
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and suffering no losses. During the day, the Germans called off the attacks on the beachhead. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | TH, CPC]
Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama became the flagship of Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher of the US Navy Fast Carrier Task Force at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ray fired four torpedoes at a nine-ship Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, damaging one tanker with one torpedo hit. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 10 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | CPC]
Russia United States
  • An American B-29 bomber dropped a dummy atomic bomb at Muroc Army Air Force Base in California, United States at the altitude of 24,000 feet. The test bomb considerably damaged the aircraft's bomb bay doors as it exited the aircraft. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 3 Mar 1944
Food transport ship Irako at Yokosuka, Japan, 3 Mar 1944Commander of Chariot manned torpedo wearing Sladen suit and oxygen apparatus, Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom, 3 Mar 1944, photo 2 of 2Chariot manned torpedo with crew, Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom, 3 Mar 1944, photo 1 of 3Commander of Chariot manned torpedo wearing Sladen suit and oxygen apparatus, Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom, 3 Mar 1944, photo 1 of 2
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3 Mar 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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