5 May 1944
  • Spain ceased export of Tungsten to Germany in exchange for American oil. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy 14th Air Fleet was reorganized to contain only one seaplane tender. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The order for food transport ship Kusumi, the planned sister ship to Irako, was canceled. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hartwig von Ludwiger stepped down as the deputy commanding officer of 22nd Mountain Corps. ww2dbase [Hartwig von Ludwiger | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea Burma
  • K Force of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) reached the trail junction one mile south of Japanese-held Ritpong, Burma. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Ritpong | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Italy
  • Harold Alexander ordered for the preparation of Operation Buffalo, which called for an assault on Cisterna, Italy; Mark Clark, however, would modify this plan so that he could strike at Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | CPC]
  • Settsu was assigned to the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 132 was launched. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Poland Russia
  • Soviet Army began its assault on Sevastopol, Russia destroying German 17.Armee and taking 36,000 prisoners. ww2dbase [Sevastopol | TH]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was named the deputy chairman of the Soviet State Defense Committee (GKO) and the chairman of the Operational Bureau of the GKO. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | Moscow | CPC]
  • Kamoi entered dock No. 1 at Singapore for repairs. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United States
  • USS Franklin departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Franklin | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
  • Battleships USS Maryland, Colorado, Washington, and California escorted by destroyers USS Mugford, Bagley, Sterett, Wilson, Shaw, Helm, Ross, and Selfridge departed San Francisco, California bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Maryland | Washington | Colorado | Helm | Mugford | Shaw | California | San Francisco, California | DS]
  • Composite Squadron VC-69 came aboard escort carrier USS Bogue with their FM-2 Wildcats and TBF-1c Avengers. Bogue and her escorts put to sea on an offensive Hunter-Killer anti-submarine mission along the Atlantic convoy routes between North America and Africa. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Bogue | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1944
PBJ-1 Mitchell bomber of Marine Squadron VMB-413 is hit in the port engine by anti-aircraft fire over Tobera, New Britain 5 May 1944. The aircraft crashed a short time later killing all 6 of the crew.This B-17F Fortress, converted to an armed supply aircraft, had a wheel collapse during an emergency landing at Tadji Field, New Guinea and slid into the bomb dump, May 5, 1944Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell and Brigadier General Frank Merrill, Naubumy, Burma, 5 May 1944

5 May 1944 Interactive Map

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