4 Jun 1944
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado helped in the wolfpack attack against a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea, but did not earn any sinkings during the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, was postponed due to weather. Meanwhile, RAF bombers struck German coastal fortifications along the French coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group with Captain Daniel V. Gallery in command captured the German U-505 in-tact, including all code books, two Enigma machines, and two Zaunkönig acoustically-guided torpedoes. One German crew member was killed in the initial attack but all others, including the U-Boat commander Oberleutnant-zur-See Harald Lange, were captured. The U-Boat was taken under tow bound for Bermuda. This was the US Navy's first capture of an enemy warship on the high seas since the War of 1812. The US leader of the initial boarding party, Lieutenant (jg) Albert L. David, was awarded the Medal of Honor. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Burma
  • Two replacement battalions for Galahad arrived at Myitkyina, Burma direct from the United States, but not being acclimatized proved of little immediate value. ww2dbase [AC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Landing ship No. 128 was sunk by US aircraft off Morotai, Moluccas, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of CASU-48 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • Mark Clark and the US 5th Army entered Rome, Italy unopposed; Clark immediately held a press conference on the steps of the Town Hall on the Capitoline Hill. Some fellow Allied generals thought Clark had failed to trap the German 10th Army. Nearby, the Italian motor torpedo boat base at Terracina was evacuated. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The work to construct two prototypes of the J7W1 Shinden short-range interceptor fighter commenced at the aircraft factory at Zasshonokuma in Fukuoka, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Flier attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking transport Hakusan Maru and damaging another ship; 6 torpedoes were expended in this attack, 3 of which scored hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Jun 1944
Major General R. N. Gale of UK 6th Airborne Division talking to troops of 5th Parachute Brigade, Royal Air Force Harwell, Berkshire, England, UK, 4 or 5 Jun 1944Risto Ryti and Carl Mannerheim reviewing troops at Enso, Finland, 4 Jun 1944Map of Allied advance toward Rome, Italy, 31 May-4 Jun 1944US troops marching into Rome, Italy, 4 Jun 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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