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5 Aug 1944
  • USS Cero sank a Japanese tanker north of Dutch New Guinea, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was named the commanding officer of German XXXXIX. Gebirgskorps. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
  • Seeing that the efforts on the previous night to airdrop supplies to Warsaw resistance fighters in Poland had been costly, Commander-in-Chief RAF Mediterranean and Middle East John Slessor temporarily suspended all flights over the Warsaw area until 12 Aug 1944. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | CPC]
Australia Black Sea
  • The neutral Turkish ship, Mefküre, sailing from Romania to Istanbul, Turkey with 325 passengers, mainly Jews fleeing from Romania, Poland, and Hungary, was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by an unidentified submarine, believed to be the Soviet submarine SC-215. The survivors were machine gunned in the water and only 11 escaped. The dead included 37 children. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | AC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack again served on lifeguard station off Yap, Caroline Islands in support of air strikes in the region. ww2dbase [Pollack | Yap | CPC]
  • Z35 and Z36 escorted heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel). ww2dbase [Z36 | Z35 | Prinz Eugen | Saaremaa | CPC]
  • Finding an unguarded track, Captain Denny of the 13/18th Hussars of the British Army led two troops of tanks to the summit of Mont Pinçon, the most formidable feature in Normandy, France. During the night his small force was reinforced by the battle-weary 4th Wiltshires (Lieutenant Colonel Luce) which on the following day then repulsed a rather half-hearted German counter-attack to regain the feature. Elsewhere, to the south, US XV Corps reached Mayenne, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | Basse-Normandie | TH, AC]
Germany Japan
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 156 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Parche arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Parche | Saipan | CPC]
  • Polish resistance fighters of Battalion Zoska, under the command of Waclaw Micuta) captured Warsaw Concentration Camp in the ghetto of Warsaw, Poland. Though small in size, this camp was the first camp with live prisoners to be captured by a military unit fighting for the Allied war effort. Some of the liberated Jewish prisoners immediately took up arms and joined the resistance. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
  • Representatives from Belgium, Canada, Free France, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States signed an agreement on the control of merchant shipping in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Louis Mountbatten arrived in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | London, England | CPC]
  • A V-1 flying bomb brought down by a Tempest aircraft landed in Malling Road, Snodland in north Kent, England, United Kingdom; the explosion brought down 10 houses in the village and killed 12 people in them, a further 16 were badly injured; two doctors, both badly injured whose surgery facility was within one of the houses, carried on treating the casualties. Another serious incident happened in East Dulwich in south-east London when the Co-Operative department store in Lordship Lane was hit; 23 people died and many injured; a Salvation Army headquarters was damaged where 29 people were seriously injured when the roof fell in. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 1 | V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 5 Aug 1944
Generals Omar Bradley, Bernard Montgomery, and Miles Dempsey with Air-Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory in conference on the hood (bonnet) of Montgomery’s Humber Super Snipe staff car, near St. Lô, Normandy, France, 5 Aug 1944.Polish resistance fighters Wojciech Omyla, Juliusz Bogdan Deczkowski, and Tadeusz Milewski in captured German uniforms and Kar98k rifles, Warsaw, Poland, 5 Aug 1944Wrecked Jagdpanzer 38(t) on the street of Warsaw, Poland, 5 Aug 1944; this vehicle was captured and repaired by Polish fighters, and renamed

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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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