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5 Jun 1944
  • J√≥zef Beck passed away. ww2dbase [J√≥zef Beck | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel noted to Gerd von Rundstedt that there was no sign of an Allied invasion on the French coast. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | CPC]
  • The British government issued a protest to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, via the Swiss Foreign Ministry, over the brutal treatment by Japanese submariners toward survivors of their conquests. The British demanded "immediate instructions to prevent the repetition of similar atrocities and to take disciplinary action against those responsible". ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Hopewell, USS O'Bannon, and USS Taylor joined with a submarine hunter-killer group centered around escort carrier USS Hoggatt Bay. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • The first USAAF B-29 combat mission, involving 77 bombers, was flown from Kharagpur, British India to Bangkok, Thailand. The worst problem was an unexpected tropical storm. Five aircraft were lost on this first mission, none to enemy fire. ww2dbase [B-29 Superfortress | Kharagpur | TH, AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Puffer sank Japanese tankers Ashizuri and Takasaki in the South China Sea, hitting them all 7 of the torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Puffer | South China Sea | CPC]
  • At sea, battleships USS New Mexico, USS Idaho, and USS Pennsylvania joined with aircraft carriers USS Corregidor and USS Coral Sea with cruisers USS Honolulu and USS St. Louis and continued on toward Kwajalein. ww2dbase [Pennsylvania | Honolulu | Anzio | New Mexico | St. Louis | Corregidor | DS]
United Kingdom
  • The second mission for Violette Szabo was delayed due to stormy weather. ww2dbase [Violette Szabo | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1944
British Pathfinders synchronizing their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle aircraft, 5 Jun 1944Allied landing ships sailing for the invasion beaches at Normandy, France, 5 Jun 1944US troops waiting on a pier in England, United Kingdom, 5 Jun 1944Map of Normandy assault routes
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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