1 May 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • The first Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference began and would last until 16 May. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser, Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, and South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts were in attendance. They would agree to support the Moscow Declaration and reached agreement regarding their respective roles in the overall Allied war effort. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | TH]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made the commanding officer of Carrier Division 4 and 4th Aircraft Squadron. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • The Organizational Division of the German Prisoner of War Office reported that a total of 5,165,381 Soviet prisoners were in German captivity. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Submarine Macabi was laid down. ww2dbase [Macabi | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin justified taking the war into German borders by noting "[o]ur tasks cannot be restricted by pushing the enemy out of our Motherland.... We must free our brothers from German Europe who have been conquered by Hitler's Germany." ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Lingga | CPC]
  • Yamato arrived at Lingga, Dutch East Indies south of Singapore. ww2dbase [Yamato | Lingga | CPC]
France
  • British Squadron Leader Maurice Southgate, whose task it was to coordinate the various Marquis groups between the Loire River and the Pyrenees mountains, was arrested by the Gestapo in Paris, France. ww2dbase [The French Resistance | Paris | AC]
Hawaii India Italy
  • The newly formed Italian parachute regiment formally became a part of the Italian Air Force. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian Navy formed Divisione Decima (10th Division) with theoretical strength of 11 battalions; in actuality only 4 were operational at this time. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 103 was completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Russia
  • Boris Shaposhnikov received the Medal for the Defense of Moscow. ww2dbase [Boris Shaposhnikov | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • While in Britain, Robert Johnson was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | England | CPC]
  • The Yugoslavian partisan leader Tito's mission arrived in London, England, United Kingdom to discuss cooperation with the Allies and gained official recognition. ww2dbase [London, England | TH]
United States Photo(s) dated 1 May 1944
King, Smuts, Churchill, Fraser, and Curtin and the first Commonwealth Prime MinistersCrew of USS Tang taking aboard airmen of downed OS2U Kingfisher aircraft from USS North Carolina, off Truk, Caroline Islands, 1 May 1944D-7 armored bulldozer of the UK 3rd Division, 1 May 1944US submarine Tang
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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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