6 Apr 1944
  • Taiho became the flagship of the Third Fleet. ww2dbase [Taiho | CPC]
  • Ryunosuke Kusaka was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Ryunosuke Kusaka | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Sadatoshi Tomioka was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy 11th Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied leadership in the South Pacific determined that 85% of Vunapope, New Britain had been destroyed, and there was no further need to continue the aerial bombardment campaign against Vunapope. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
Australia Burma
  • Japanese troops attacked the White City site of Operation Thursday in Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • Indian 26th Division captured Point 551 hill in Burma. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
  • Troops of Chinese 38th Division advanced to about 10 miles north of Hsamshingyang, Burma, relieving pressure from the rear of 3rd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional). On the 3rd Battalion's front, it had reached about 500 yards north of Nhpum Ga by the end of the day. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Nhpum Ga | CPC]
  • Xinjin Airfield in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China became the forward headquarters of US XX Bomber Command. ww2dbase [Xinjin Airfield | Chengdu, Sichuan | CPC]
France Gibraltar
  • Evacuees began to return to their homes in Gibraltar as the first group of 1,367 evacuees arrived from Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Water Supply (water development project) turned over to station. Part of 125th Construction Battalion (125th SeaBees) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • Abdul Hafiz of Indian 9th Jat Infantry Regiment led an attack by two sections of a platoon against a Japanese-held hill near Imphal, India. Despite being injured in the leg by enemy fire, he took out one machine position and led an attack on another; during the latter, he was fatally shot in the chest. He was awarded the Victoria Cross medal posthumously on 27 Jul, which was given to his widow Jugri Begum by Viceroy of India Archibald Wavell in Oct 1944 in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Imphal, Manipur | CPC]
  • After dark, Japanese troops launched an attack at Kohima, India, reaching the buildings at the edge of the village before the attack was halted early in the next day. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kohima, Assam | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) entered Majuro, Marshall Islands for a week of replenishment and recreation. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Majuro | DS]
  • Kamoi took on the remaining fuel cargo from damaged tanker Tarakan Maru, which had just arrived at Singapore for repairs. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The United Kingdom introduced the PAYE (pay as you earn) tax system. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was ordered to travel to Washington DC, United States to meet with Ernest King. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1944
USS Shamrock Bay (bottom of photograph) with two other escort carriers, Astoria, Oregon, United States, 6 Apr 1944; photo taken by an aircraft from USS Shipley BayUSS Shamrock Bay moored at Astoria, Oregon, United States, 6 Apr 1944; photo taken from aircraft of USS Shipley BayMajor General Lucian Truscott and Lieutenant General Ira Eaker at Anzio, Italy, 6 Apr 1944

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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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