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2 Aug 1944

Atlantic Ocean Australia
  • USS Flier departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Flier | CPC]
  • In France, III/KG 100 sent out 9 Do 217M aircraft with V-1 flying bombs attached to attack railways and roads around Pontaubault in Normandie in an attempt to stall the Allied break out of the area. Mosquito fighter from 488 Squadron (RNZAF) intercepted the Germans, shooting down 2 before they had launched their bombs. The other Dornier bombers aborted the mission. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
  • US VIII Corps moved west along Brittany coast from Avranches, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • Leutnant Erich Sommer flew an Ar 234 V7 prototype aircraft over the Allied Normandy beachheads in France while the two Rb 50/30 cameras on board took a photograph every 11 seconds. This was the first jet aircraft reconnaissance mission in aviation history. ww2dbase [Ar 234 Blitz | CPC]
Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Wasp arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
Poland Turkey
  • Turkey severed diplomatic relations with Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
United Kingdom
  • A V-1 flying bomb caused the deaths of 12 residents of Pendle Road in the borough of Streatham, South-west London, at 0510 hours, a second bomb impacted on Gypsy Road in Upper Norwood, killing 3, one of whom was an elderly lady awaiting evacuation from the area. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
Photo(s) dated 2 Aug 1944
A French Army Sherman tank landed on a Normandy beach from LST-517, 2 Aug 1944A town in shambles after American bombardment, Tinian, Mariana Islands, Aug 1944Canadian Major General Rod Keller addressing troops in Normandy, France, 2 Aug 1944Polish resistance fighter with Blyskawica submachine gun during the Warsaw Uprising, Powisle district, Warsaw, Poland, Aug 1944
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2 Aug 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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945