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6 May 1944
  • In India, Mahatma Gandhi was released from imprisonment due to health reasons. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Army junior officer John Randle took out a Japanese machine gun position in Burma, then purposefully sacrificed himself to take out a bunker with a grenade. He was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The A7M1 Reppu fighter took its first flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • During the day, 25 Japanese Zero fighters attacked Bishenpur, India. After sundown, Japanese troops attacked Tengnoupal, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rudolf Höss received orders to travel to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Hawaii
  • USS Pompon departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Miami arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of ARGUS-17 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) underway from Majuro, Marshall Islands bound for Oahu, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Younger workers in the Lodz ghetto in Poland began a hunger strike in protest of the watery soup that made up the bulk of their daily food intake. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops bombarded Sevastopol, Russia with Katyusha rocket launchers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-59 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Pollack departed Midway Atoll for her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 May 1944
Loading stores on No. 5 sponson aboard USS Coral Sea, 6 May 1944US Army Signal Corps photographer Private Arthur W. Hedgo with Chinese boy Lee Ting Yow, northern Burma, 6 May 1944Normandy beach defenses, France, 6 May 1944, photo 1 of 4Normandy beach defenses, France, 6 May 1944, photo 2 of 4
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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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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945