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5 Jul 1944
  • Oberon was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar ended her twelfth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gabreski of US 56th Fighter Group became the top scoring USAAF ace in Europe with 28 victories. ww2dbase [AC]
  • HMS Ganilly was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-390 off Utah beach, Normandy, France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Saburo Sakai led a special attack mission against US naval units, but returned to base after failing to locate any targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flier arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Guam
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Guam and Rota of the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze was docked at Kure, Japan for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • While undergoing repairs at Yokosuka and Yokohama, Japan, Irako was assigned to the Southwest Area Fleet based at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 139 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 154 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale set sail for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish sank Japanese passenger-cargo ship Shanmai Maru off the Kurile Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Belgian pilot Flight Lieutenant Remy Van Lierde of No. 3 Squadron RAF, flying his Tempest V aircraft (JN862/JF-Z), shot down five V-1 flying bombs in two sorties. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • 22 Heinkel bombers of German III/KG3 flew sorties during the night and launched V-1 flying bombs. The bomb all fell in the south London area in Britain, causing considerable damage to property and killing over fifteen residents. The British were seeing that more damage was caused by these flying bombs than by the bombs dropped by bombers. This was due to the fact that they often glided down in shallow dives and blew up on the ground, the blast of 1,870 pounds of Amatol or Trialen often destroyed over 20 houses and took the roofs off many more. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1944
British soldiers wash a Canadian-built CMP command car and an American-built Jeep in a local stream in Normandy, France, 5 Jul 1944.Men of 2nd Regiment, 2nd Division, US Marine Corps coming off the front lines after 20 days of combat, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 5 Jul 1944

5 Jul 1944 Interactive Map

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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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945