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1 Jun 1944
  • USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • The US submarine Herring was reported lost in the Kurile Islands, presumed sunk by Japanese shore batteries on Matua Island, whilst on patrol near Matsuwa Island. ww2dbase [Herring | AC]
  • USS Pintado fired six torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea, scoring several hits, sinking Toho Maru and damaging another. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • In his diary, William Slim privately complained of Louis Mountbatten's lack of vision and Henry Pownall's laziness. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • USS Permit completed lifeguard duty in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Hopewell, USS O'Bannon, and USS Taylor departed Blanche Harbor, Treasury Islands, Solomon Islands on an emergency sortie to intercept a formation of Japanese ships approaching from the north. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • US Brigadier General Haydon L. Boatner was appointed to command the Myitkyina Task Force in Burma. On this date, the strength of 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) was down to 18 officers and 366 men. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Myitkyina | AC]
Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 137 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides tracked a convoy of three ships 350 miles northwest of Saipan and gained a favorable firing position. She fired her last four torpedoes but all four missed. Submarine USS Pintado patrolling nearby attacked the same convoy and sank Japanese transport Tōhō Maru and damaged transport Kinshu Maru. ww2dbase [Silversides | DS]
United Kingdom
  • In a Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle the solution to 15 Down was "Neptune", the codename for the D-Day naval assault. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1944
US Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun 1944, photo 1 of 2; note the bazooka and the M1 Garand riflesUS Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun 1944, photo 2 of 2; note the bazooka and the M1 Garand riflesA Soviet soldier being awarded the Defense of Leningrad medal, 1 Jun 1944P-47D Thunderbolts of the 318th Fighter Group are loaded onto Escort Carrier USS Natoma Bay, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1, 1944. The Fighter Group was on its way to Saipan, Marianas. Note USS Manila Bay with the rest of the Fighter Group’s Thunderbolts.
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