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6 Jun 1944
  • USS Pintado ten torpedoes against a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea, sinking Havre Maru and Kashimasan Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 130,000 to 150,000 Allied troops, roughly half American and half British and Commonwealth, invaded the beaches of Normandy, France; it was the largest amphibious operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied bombers conducted a raid on Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Norwegian destroyer Stord shelled the town of Ouistreham in Normandy, France prior to the landing of British troops on Sword Beach. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • British Company Sergeant-Major Stanley Hollis, using a PIAT launcher, took down several German pillboxes and a field gun during the Normandy invasion in France and was credited for saving the lives of many men. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the only awarded for actions on the initial day of the invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC, CPC]
  • The first general officer killed on either side of the battle in Normandie, France was Brigadier General Don F. Pratt, the assistant divisional commander of the US 101st Airborne Division who was crushed to death when the Waco glider in which he was travelling crashed into a hedgerow whilst landing in France. He was also the highest ranking Allied officer to be killed on 6 June 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Gabilan arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Italy Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) stood out of Majuro, Marshall Islands with Task Force 58 bound for the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harder attempted to attack a Japanese convoy in the Sibutu Passage between Tawi-Tawi of Philippine Islands and Borneo, but was in turn targeted by two destroyers. Submerging and sailing away from the convoy, Harder fired three torpedoes out of her stern torpedo tubes, hitting destroyer Minazuki twice, sinking her. She fired another spread of torpedoes at the second destroyer shortly after; all six torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp was assigned to US Navy Task Group 58.2. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Davao Penal Colony on Mindanao, Philippine Islands was closed; the American and Filipino prisoners were transferred to Cebu island. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The second mission for Violette Szabo was delayed due to an unexpected German patrol near the planned landing zone. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Sennet was launched at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, sponsored by the wife of Roscoe W. Downs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson returned to the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Statue of Liberty in New York, New York, United States, usually blacked out due to war, flashed dot-dot-dot-dash, Morse code for "V", in celebration of the successful landings in Normandie, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1944
LSTs landing vehicles and cargo on a Normandy beach, June 1944, photo 1 of 2Memorandum from Eisenhower to Marshall, 6 Jun 1944Landing craft sailing for Normandy beach, France, 6 Jun 1944Allied fleet crossing the English Channel, 6 Jun 1944; note the observation balloon above each ship
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6 Jun 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943