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2 Apr 1944
  • Troops of the German 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" massacred 86 Belgians in retaliation of the bombing of their train by resistance fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops entered Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviets threaten to shoot one third of all German prisoners of war if the German 1.Panzerarmee's 18 divisions would not surrender. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Tunny departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Two 75-millimeter howitzers arrived by parachute at the clearing at Hsamshingyang in Burma in crates. As soon as they were set up, Colonel Charles Hunter of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) ordered their usage against suspected Japanese gun positions at Kauri south of Nhpum Ga. Meanwhile, the Japanese assault on Nhpum Ga continued. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Charles Hunter | Hsamshingyang | CPC]
French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Card arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco with her load of Army aircraft and personnel. ww2dbase [Card | Casablanca | DS]
  • The first B-29 bomber of US 58th Bomb Wing landed at Chakulia, near Calcutta to start working up for a new strategic bomber force equipped with B-29 bombers in India with advance bases in China from which targets in northeastern China (Manchuria) and Kyushu, Japan could be attacked. ww2dbase [Chakulia, Bihar | AC]
Indian Ocean
  • British freighter Samcalia rescued 25 survivors of American Liberty Ship Richard Hovey, which was sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 in the Arabian Sea four days earlier. ww2dbase [Arabian Sea | HM]
  • Nachi began a period of guard ship duty at Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | Mutsu, Aomori | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Guitarro departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Guitarro | Balboa | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was made the commander of the all-female 1st Sniper Platoon of the Soviet 184th Rifle Division. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | CPC]
  • General Rikichi Ando was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [Rikichi Ando | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Radio Patrick, a black radio station operated by the propaganda section (S01) of SOE, ceased broadcasting from Britain. ww2dbase [Special Operations Executive | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1944
Burial at sea services aboard USS Lexington (Essex-class) following action around Palau, 2 Apr 1944.Submarines Blenny (background) and Cochino (foreground) under construction at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States, early Apr 1944

2 Apr 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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