5 Jan 1944 Australian New Guinea
  • The first land-based (Bougainville) SBD and TBF aircraft raid on Rabaul, New Britain was cancelled due to weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Hansjürgen Reinicke was named the commanding officer of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson shot down a German Fw 190 aircraft over Koblenz, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
New Hebrides
  • USS Alabama departed Efate Island, New Hebrides Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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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