2 Apr 1944
  • Troops of the German 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" massacred 86 Belgians in retaliation of the bombing of their train by resistance fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops entered Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviets threaten to shoot one third of all German prisoners of war if the German 1.Panzerarmee's 18 divisions would not surrender. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Tunny departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • The first B-29 bomber of US 58th Bomb Wing landed at Chakulia, near Calcutta to start working up for a new strategic bomber force equipped with B-29 bombers in India with advance bases in China from which targets in northeastern China (Manchuria) and Kyushu, Japan could be attacked. ww2dbase [AC]
Indian Ocean
  • British freighter Samcalia rescued 25 survivors of American Liberty Ship Richard Hovey, which was sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 in the Arabian Sea four days earlier. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Nachi began a period of guard ship duty at Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Guitarro departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was made the commander of the all-female 1st Sniper Platoon of the Soviet 184th Rifle Division. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | CPC]
  • General Rikichi Ando was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [Rikichi Ando | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1944
Burial at sea services aboard USS Lexington (Essex-class) following action around Palau, 2 Apr 1944.Submarines Blenny (background) and Cochino (foreground) under construction at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States, early Apr 1944

2 Apr 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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