5 Mar 1944
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front under Ivan Konev attacked toward Uman, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Operation Thursday was launched. William Slim flew to Hailakandi, India to oversee the launch. One of the intended glider landing spots in Burma was found by pre-operation reconnaissance flights to be defended by newly-arrived Japanese troops, and Wingate accused Slim or the Chinese of betrayal (in actuality, Japanese Army lumberjacks had coincidentally started working in the region); troops originally intended to land at that spot were diverted to other landing areas. Several gliders were lost by the over-burdened glider towing aircraft, but the operation would still get underway. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | AC]
  • USS Hoe arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Hoe | CPC]
Hawaii India
  • William Slim requested his superiors to assign an additional division to defend Kohima and Dimapur, India. He would only receive two battalions of Indian parachute troops. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kohima, Assam | CPC]
Italy
  • Three Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and suffering no losses. ww2dbase [Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Poland United States
  • The second BTD Destroyer prototype aircraft took its first flight. ww2dbase [BTD Destroyer | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Mar 1944
WAVES Aviation MachinistB-25 Mitchell bombers of the 13th Air Force over the Japanese forward base at Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 5 Mar 1944

5 Mar 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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