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4 May 1944
  • The United States government lifted rationing for most types of meat. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • RAF bombers struck Budapest, Hungary. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A new German plan called for the deportation of 3,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz Concentration Camp daily, starting on 15 May 1944. A meeting was held on this date in Vienna between German SS officials, Hungarian officials, and railroad officials to determine the logistics of such an operation. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • The US Joint Chiefs of Staff decided to preliminarily plan landing operations on Taiwan, Philippine Islands, and mainland China. ww2dbase [Pacific Strategy Conference | CPC]
  • James Johnson scored his 28th victory. ww2dbase [James Johnson | CPC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese convoy south of Taiwan, sinking Taiyoku Maru and Shoryu Maru and damaging a third, hitting them with 7 of 10 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
Hawaii Marshall Islands
  • USS Flying Fish departed Majuro, Marshall Islands for her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • USS Alabama arrived at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) returned to Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Photo(s) dated 4 May 1944
Frank Merrill and Joseph Stilwell, Naubumy, Burma, 4 May 1944Brigadier General Frank Merrill, Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell, and Major Louis Williams at Naubumy, Burma, 4 May 1944Stern view of the carrier Franklin off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 4 May 1944USS Franklin at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 4 May 1944 shortly after her port side was repainted from Measure 32 Design 6a to Design 3a. Her starboard side remained Design 6a.

4 May 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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