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3 Oct 1944
  • Katsuragi was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Sanborn was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | AC]
  • The United Kingdom stood down the Home Guard. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 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]
  • 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 [Main Article | AC]
  • Japanese troops evacuated Tiddim, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 143 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | Event | HM]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall attacked a small vessel east of French Indochina with her deck gun, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines 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 [Main Article | Event | 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 [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • USS Astoria arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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

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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