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3 Oct 1944
  • A 60-hour truce began in Dunkirk, France between Allied and German troops to allow the evacuation of civilians. Elsewhere in France, US Third Army began a 10-day attack on Fort Driant, Metz. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese troops evacuated Tiddim, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US submarine Seawolf was sunk by depth charges fired from the destroyer escort USS Richard M. Rowell off Morotai, Maluku Islands, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Seawolf | AC]
  • The first Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter unit was established at Achmer and Hesepe near Osnabrück, Germany under the command of Austrian-born ace Major Walter Nowotny. The unit had 30 aircraft distributed among two squadrons and was given the task of intercepting USAAF day bomber raids on the heart of Germany. ww2dbase [Me 262 Schwalbe | AC]
  • Sanborn was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Sanborn | CPC]
  • Katsuragi was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Katsuragi | CPC]
  • The United Kingdom stood down the Home Guard. ww2dbase [TH]
China Japan Netherlands
  • German Air Force III/KG 66 at Burg, near Magdeburg, Germany, reported an inventory of 13 Mistel unmanned glide bombs; of which 10 were serviceable. 5 of the aircraft took off on this night to attack the bridges at Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The weather conditions were poor and 3 of the aircraft crashed into the Teutoburger Wald; Oberst Horst Polster, the Staffelkapitän, was killed as were Unteroffizier Fritz Scheffler and Unteroffizier Paul Barinski. The other pilots could not find the target in the fog and yet another was brought down. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | HM]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall attacked a small vessel east of French Indochina with her deck gun, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Bergall | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Manila, Philippines with convoy MATA-28, and arrived at Santa Cruz at 1740 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Manila | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A German V-2 rocket hit the Hellesdon Golf Course near Norwich, England, United Kingdom at 1950 hours, injuring 1 person and damaging a glasshouse, 5 farm buildings/barns, several haystacks, and 1 acre of sugar beet. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | V-Weapons Campaign | Norwich, England | CPC]
  • The British Royal Navy's NFIU now received permission to participate in anti V-1 patrols; naval airmen operated from RAF Coltishall in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom to evaluate the Firefly NF.I aircraft against the V-1-carrying Heinkel bombers. ww2dbase [Firefly | V-Weapons Campaign | Coltishall, England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 3 Oct 1944
An aerial photograph of bombs exploding on the Walcheren dyke, Walcheren Island, the Netherlands during a RAF Bomber Command raid, 3 Oct 1944

3 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

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