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4 Jun 1944
  • Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, was postponed due to weather. Meanwhile, RAF bombers struck German coastal fortifications along the French coast. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • USS Pintado helped in the wolfpack attack against a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea, but did not earn any sinkings during the attack. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group with Captain Daniel V. Gallery in command captured the German U-505 in-tact, including all code books, two Enigma machines, and two Zaunk√∂nig acoustically-guided torpedoes. One German crew member was killed in the initial attack but all others, including the U-Boat commander Oberleutnant-zur-See Harald Lange, were captured. The U-Boat was taken under tow bound for Bermuda. This was the US Navy's first capture of an enemy warship on the high seas since the War of 1812. The US leader of the initial boarding party, Lieutenant (jg) Albert L. David, was awarded the Medal of Honor. ww2dbase [The Capture of the U-505 | U-505 | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories Burma
  • By this date, most of the men of 2nd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) had been evacuated from Myitkyina, Burma for India. A few were left behind to train the two freshly arrived replacements, coming directly from the United States, not yet acclimatized and inexperienced in combat. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Myitkyina | AC]
Dutch East Indies France Hawaii Italy
  • Mark Clark and the US 5th Army entered Rome, Italy unopposed; Clark immediately held a press conference on the steps of the Town Hall on the Capitoline Hill. Some fellow Allied generals thought Clark had failed to trap the German 10th Army. Nearby, the Italian motor torpedo boat base at Terracina was evacuated. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Rome, Lazio | AC, CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • The work to construct two prototypes of the J7W1 Shinden short-range interceptor fighter commenced at the aircraft factory at Zasshonokuma in Fukuoka, Japan. ww2dbase [J7W Shinden | Fukuoka | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Flier attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking transport Hakusan Maru and damaging another ship; 6 torpedoes were expended in this attack, 3 of which scored hits. ww2dbase [Flier | South China Sea | CPC]
  • A group of United States and Australian cruisers came under Japanese air attack off Biak Island northwest of New Guinea. USS Nashville sustained serious hull damage from a near-miss aerial bomb off her starboard quarter. There were no serious personnel injuries but two compartments were flooded and the ship began bleeding oil. USS Phoenix sustained damage from two near-miss bombs that killed one sailor and injured four others while causing internal flooding and damage to her propellers. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Nashville | Phoenix | Bismarck Sea | DS]
United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card departed Norfolk bound for Quonset Point, Rhode Island. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 4 Jun 1944
Major General R. N. Gale of UK 6th Airborne Division talking to troops of 5th Parachute Brigade, Royal Air Force Harwell, Berkshire, England, UK, 4 or 5 Jun 1944Map of Allied advance toward Rome, Italy, 31 May-4 Jun 1944US troops marching into Rome, Italy, 4 Jun 1944Ground Crewmen with Bombing Squadron 139 posing with their squadron mascot in front of the tail section of a PV-1 Ventura patrol bomber on Attu Island, Alaska, 4 Jun 1944. Note the Marsden mat surface.
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