3 Feb 1944
  • Savo Island was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The concentration camp at Szebnie, Poland was closed, and its prisoners deported or executed; Amon Göth was placed in charge of this operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt issued additional orders that supported swift severe reprisals against any acts of resistance. The orders also explicitly attribute any potential innocent civilian casualties the fault of resistance group and not of the German occupation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian Fascists violated Vatican City sovereignty by dispatching troops to arrest several Jews hiding within Vatican City borders. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 673rd Bomb Squadron (flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Cape Sudest Airfield to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Drancy Concentration Camp in Paris, France sent its 67th transport for Auschwitz Concentration Camp with more than 1,000 Jews. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • M18 was badly damaged in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of ARGUS-22 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The American attempt to break out of the Anzio beachhead in Italy was halted, followed by the first German counterattack against the beachhead. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Russia
  • Allied convoy RA-56 departed at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Mingo departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States after her overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Feb 1944
American wounded at the beach of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 1-3 Feb 1944Battleship Indiana at Majuro, Marshall Islands for repairs after collison with battleship Washington, 3 Feb 1944; note Washington and AR-4 Vestal in backgroundStern view of USS Mingo, off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Feb 1944Bow view of USS Mingo, off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Feb 1944
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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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