2 Mar 1944
  • Leutze was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Krupinski received Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Johnson was named the commanding officer of the No. 144 (RCAF) Wing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Kratzer was named the acting civilian administrator of the Channel Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Cero arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US 1st Cavalry Division captured Hayne Airfield at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US aircraft carpet-bombed the center of Rabaul, New Britain. The Chinatown district received the most damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe ace Egon Mayer (102 victories) was shot down and killed when his Fw 190 aircraft was bounced by a pair of US 9th Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft whilst attacking a formation of B-17 bombers near Sedan, France. In a cruel twist of fate his award of Swords had been announced on that same day. ww2dbase [AC]
  • 421 Czech prisoners were transferred from Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler signed Aktion K into effect, which decreed that captured escapees of prisoners of war camps would be sent to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in occupied Austria, where they would face execution immediately upon arrival and their remains would be destroyed in the camp crematorium. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • On Mount Trocchio near Cassino, Italy, walking down a path that was supposed to have been cleared, Major-General Howard Kippenberger, the admirable commander of the 2nd New Zealand Division, stepped on one of the vicious little wooden "Schu" mines. One of his feet was blown off and the other had to be amputated. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Ray began pursuing a nine-ship Japanese convoy in the South China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-57 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Escort carrier USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82) was commissioned with Captain Frank C. Sutton in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1944
Landing ship No. 149, Osako beach of Kurahashi Island, Kure, Hiroshima, Japan, 2 Mar 1944Aerial view of Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944Aerial view of Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944, photo 1 of 2Aerial view of Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944, photo 2 of 2

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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