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5 May 1944
  • Spain ceased export of Tungsten to Germany in exchange for American oil. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy 14th Air Fleet was reorganized to contain only one seaplane tender. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The order for food transport ship Kusumi, the planned sister ship to Irako, was canceled. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hartwig von Ludwiger stepped down as the deputy commanding officer of 22nd Mountain Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico departed Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Six US Marine Corps PBJ bombers attacked Tobera, New Britain; one bomber was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Italy
  • Harold Alexander ordered for the preparation of Operation Buffalo, which called for an assault on Cisterna, Italy; Mark Clark, however, would modify this plan so that he could strike at Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Settsu was assigned to the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 132 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Arthur Liebehenschel was named the commandant of Majdanek Concentration Camp in occupied Poland, succeeding Martin Gottfried Weiss. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Soviet Army began its assault on Sevastopol, Russia destroying German 17.Armee and taking 36,000 prisoners. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was named the deputy chairman of the Soviet State Defense Committee (GKO) and the chairman of the Operational Bureau of the GKO. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore United States
  • USS Franklin departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1944
PBJ-1 Mitchell bomber of Marine Squadron VMB-413 is hit in the port engine by anti-aircraft fire over Tobera, New Britain 5 May 1944. The aircraft crashed a short time later killing all 6 of the crew.This B-17F Fortress, converted to an armed supply aircraft, had a wheel collapse during an emergency landing at Tadji Field, New Guinea and slid into the bomb dump, May 5, 1944Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell and Brigadier General Frank Merrill, Naubumy, Burma, 5 May 1944

5 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal