5 Jan 1944
  • Petrof Bay was launched. ww2dbase [Petrof Bay | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Germany
  • Hansj├╝rgen Reinicke was named the commanding officer of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • 358 RAF aircraft (348 Lancaster and 10 Halifax) attacked Stettin, Germany, while 28 Mosquito aircraft attacked five other cities (13 against Berlin) in diversion; 16 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Stettin, Pommern | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson shot down a German Fw 190 aircraft over Koblenz, Germany. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | Koblenz | CPC]
New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • USS Scorpion made rendezvous with USS Herring in the East China Sea, but the planned transfer of an injured sailor from Scorpion to Herring did not take place due to heavy seas. Some time after this date, she was lost, presumed mined in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Scorpion | East China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | South China Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Jan 1944
Barbey and Kinkaid over a map of New Guinea, 5 Jan 1944Sergeant Gordon Davies of Canadian 1st Parachute Battalion on a Welbike in Bulford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 5 Jan 1944

5 Jan 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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