5 Feb 1944
  • The German Naval High Command temporarily halted preparations for Operation Sealion, seeing that at this stage of the war an invasion of Britain was not likely to happen. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • Submarine Segundo was launched, sponsored by Mrs. John L. Sullivan. ww2dbase [Segundo | CPC]
  • Piranha was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Piranha | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Egon Mayer became the first German Luftwaffe fighter pilot operating solely on the western front to reach 100 victories. He would claim just two more before being killed on 2 Mar 1944 whilst attacking a formation of B-17 bombers near Sedan, France. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Gar arrived at Open Bay on the northern coast of New Britain to pick up downed airmen who had been under the care of coast watchers. ww2dbase [Gar | New Britain | CPC]
  • Troops of Sakurai Force of Japanese 55th Division penetrated lines held by Indian 7th Division in Arakan, Burma undetected. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
France Hawaii Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 131 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
United Kingdom United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 5 Feb 1944
Spruance and Nimitz at Kwajalein Island, 5 Feb 1944Launching of submarine Segundo, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 5 Feb 1944

5 Feb 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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