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7 Apr 1944
  • The Icelandic airline Lofteide HF, founded in the previous month, inaugurated its initial flight service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Tunny arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
Burma
  • The 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) arrived at Hsamshingyang, Burma at 1700 hours after marching through 30 miles of jungle, which took 5 days. The 800 men were exhausted, and 200 of them were suffering from acute dysentery. Colonel Charles Hunter immediately organized an offensive toward Nhpum Ga for the next day, and Osborne of 1st Battalion committed 254 of his men who were in decent enough of shape to fight. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Charles Hunter | Nhpum Ga | CPC]
France Hawaii Italy
  • No. 112 Squadron RAF, flying Kittyhawk fighters, shot down a German aircraft over Rieti Airfield in Italy; this would be the final Kittyhawk victory in the Mediterranean theater of WW2. ww2dbase [P-40 Warhawk | Rieti, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Poland Russia
  • Allied convoy RA-58 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • Nikolai Melnikov, the deputy of Soviet NKVD Directorate for Prisoners of War and Interned Persons (UPVI), committed suicide. He was replaced by Amayak Kobulov. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Bernard Montgomery briefed his generals regarding the invasion of France, predicting the city of Caen would be captured on the first day of the invasion. ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | CPC]
  • During a dinner with Dwight Eisenhower and other Allied generals in England, United Kingdom, George Patton suggested that divisions used for Operation Overlord should be made over-strength. ww2dbase [George Patton | England | CPC]
United States
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed Seattle Washington bound for Alameda, California, United States. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Seattle, Washington | DS]

7 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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Thomas Dodd, late 1945


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