2 Jun 1944
  • The Bulgarian government approached the Western Allies for terms of surrender. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US launched Operation Frantic, its first shuttle bombing operation. 130 15th Air Force B-17 bombers were launched from Tripoli, Libya to bomb Debrecen, Hungary and to land in Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Guitarro sank frigate Awaii off Taiwan in the early morning, hitting her with three of the six torpedoes fired. At the end of the day, she claimed sinking a Japanese destroyer, hitting her with one of the two torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • Shunroku Hata was promoted to the rank of field marshal. ww2dbase [Shunroku Hata | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea
  • USS Cero arrived at Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Cero | Manus, Admiralty Islands | CPC]
  • Five Chinese-American Composite Wing (Provisional) P-40N fighters from Ankang Airfield in Shaanxi Province, China escorted seven bomb-laden P-40N fighter-bombers of 7th Fighter Squadron of CACW on a mission to attack the Japanese airfield and rail station at Zhengzhou, Henan, China. 7 Ki-44 fighters of the Japanese 9th Sentai rose to intercept, shooting down 5. Zang Xilan, leader of the group from Ankang, claimed one Ki-43 and one Ki-44 aircraft over Bawangcheng; he was given credit for the Ki-44 downing. ww2dbase [Ankang Airfield | Zang Xilan | Ankang, Henan | CPC]
  • Typhoon fighter-bombers of No. 98 and No. 609 Squadrons RAF attacked and destroyed the enemy radar station at Dieppe/Caudecotein France as an important prelude to the Normandy Invasion; this installation would have given the Germans advance warning of the Allied invasion fleet. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
  • Major General Nobuo Tanaka ordered a final attack at Imphal, India despite overwhelming odds. Near Kohima to the north, Japanese troops evacuated from the village of Naga. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Imphal, Manipur | CPC]
  • Allied forces overran the German Caesar C Line south of Rome, Italy; Adolf Hitler ordered Albert Kesselring that the Italian capital would be abandoned. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Rome | CPC]
Sweden United Kingdom
  • Two midget submarines (X-20 and X-23) set off from England, United Kingdom to sail submerged across the English Channel to the French Normandy coast where they would position themselves ready to guide the invasion fleet with coloured lights as navigation beacons. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
United States
  • USS Escolar was commissioned into service with Commander W. J. Millican in command. ww2dbase [Escolar | CPC]

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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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