3 Feb 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | 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 [Amon Göth | 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 [Gerd von Rundstedt | CPC]
  • Italian Fascists violated Vatican City sovereignty by dispatching troops to arrest several Jews hiding within Vatican City borders. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Savo Island was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Savo Island | 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 [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii Italy
  • The American attempt to break out of the Anzio beachhead in Italy was halted, followed by the first German counterattack against the beachhead. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | TH]
Japan Russia
  • Allied convoy RA-56 departed at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and Convoy TU-7 departed Glasgow, Scotland bound for New York. ww2dbase [Bogue | Glasgow, Scotland | DS]
United States US Pacific Islands 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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