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6 Jul 1944
  • USS Franklin arrived in the Mariana Islands area; she was to remain through 22 Jul 1944 to launch strikes against Japanese position on Rota and Guam islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank the 39,100-ton Japanese transport Dori Maru off Dalian, China at about 0300 hours with two torpedoes. With this sinking, she obtained the record of the greatest total tonnage sunk by an American submarine during one war patrol. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kovel, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Chaim Weizmann, the future Israeli president, messaged British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, requesting the rail lines leading to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland to be bombed. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Captain Yujiro Takarada was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • US Navy Special Attack Unit (SAU-1) was formed under Commander James A. Smith for Operation Anvil. ww2dbase [Operation Aphrodite and Operation Anvil | CPC]
  • Colonel (temporary Lieutenant General) George Patton, Jr. secretly flew into the Cotentin Peninsula in France. ww2dbase [George Patton | AC]
  • Wing Commamner Leonard Cheshire led a "Tallboy" attack on the V-3 gun structure at Mimoyecque. After this mission, the last of his fourth tour, he was ordered to rest (he never flew operations again) and two months later he was awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | Mimoyecque, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | AC]
Germany Hawaii Italy Mariana Islands Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish sank Soviet merchant ship Ob in the Kurile Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • Prisoners Edward Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, escaped from Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland in Jun 1944, were re-captured. They would later be executed for this attempt. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Heinkel aircraft of German III/KG3 launched 8 V-1 flying bombs into England, United Kingdom during the night. This squadron lost two planes during take off from their base at Rosi?res, France when they collided on the runway, one crew member was killed. 418 Squadron RAF, flying Mosquito VI aircraft, brought down 12 flying bombs most of them over the cliffs of Beachy Head on the East Sussex coast, while further south after dark, 605 Squadron, flying the Mosquito VI night fighters, shot down 7. Night fighter pilots asked that the aircraft be fitted with dark glass visors as the explosion of the V-1 bomb in the air in front of the attacking aircraft was temporally blinding the pilot and navigator. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 6 Jul 1944
US Marines marching through Garapan, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 6 Jul 1944USAAF Lieutenant Everett A. Thies and his crew chief Technical Sergeant Daniel Nobel posing by their F-5C Lightning reconnaissance aircraft F-5C Lightning reconnaissance aircraft General Bernard Montgomery relaxing with his traveling companions, a fox terrier puppy named “Hitler” and a spaniel puppy named “Rommel,” at his headquarters at Blay, Normandy, France, 6 Jul 1944.
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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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