3 May 1944
  • Yamato was designated the flagship of Battleship Division 1 under Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Gunnel started her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse was relieved from lifeguard station duty in the Mariana Islands and set sail for Milne Bay, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche began pursuing a seven-ship Japanese convoy south of Taiwan spotted by wolfpack mate USS Tinosa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soemu Toyoda was named the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • USS Harder arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • 7 B-25 bombers of the Chinese-American Composite Wing attacked Japanese troop concentrations near Mihsien and Yueyang in Hunan, China and strafed the town of Hsiangcheng. On the same day, 10 P-40 fighters of the Chinese-American Composite Wing damaged the bridge on the Yellow River and destroyed 15 Japanese trucks northwest of Chenghsien near Luoyang, Henan, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
India
  • Indian 4th Brigade attacked GPT ridge near Kohima, India, which failed to capture all Japanese positions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands, ending her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Dwight Eisenhower wrote George Patton a personal letter in which he informed Patton that Patton would be allowed to keep his post even after the public relations rows that Patton had created. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The US Joint Chiefs of Staff directed Joseph Stilwell to make Myitkyina, Burma his primary goal, independent of SEAC, in order to develop communications with China in support of the American effort in the Pacific. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Golet arrived at Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Proteus arrived at Midway Atoll and joined Submarine Squadron 20. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 May 1944
An US Coast Guard seaman dead at his battle station aboard USS Menges, which was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, 3 May 1944

3 May 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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