2 Jun 1944
  • The Bulgarian government approached the Western Allies for terms of surrender. 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]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Hopewell, USS O'Bannon, and USS Taylor arrived at the point of interception and began searching for the formation of Japanese ships approaching from the north. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australia Australian New Guinea
  • USS Cero arrived at Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Cero | Manus, Admiralty Islands | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Colonel George McGee, Jr. requested 2nd Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) to be relieved and be evaluated from Myitkyina, Burma to India. Both Colonel Charles Hunter and Brigadier General Haydon Boatner agreed. ww2dbase [George McGee | Charles Hunter | Battle of Myitkyina | Myitkyina | 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]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against rail facilities at Massy, France. ww2dbase [Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | RAF Thurleigh | Massy | DS]
French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group departed Casablanca, French Morocco and resumed their Central Atlantic patrol. ww2dbase [Bogue | Casablanca | DS]
  • US suttle-bombing between Italy and the USSR (Operation Frantic) began. Under command of Lieutenant General Ira C Eaker, 130 B-17s, escorted by 70 P-51s, bombed the railway marshalling yard at Debreczen (Debrecen), Hungary and landed in the Soviet Union; the B-17s at Poltava and Myrhorod, the P-51s at Pyriatyn. 1 B-17 was lost over the target. ww2dbase [B-17 Flying Fortress | P-51 Mustang | Operation Frantic | Ira Eaker | Debreczen | DS]
  • 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]
New Hebrides 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]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jun 1944
Lieutenant Gilbert A. Milne of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve with a Fairchild K-20 aerial camera, 2 Jun 1944.Soviet Air Force Major General Alexei R. Perminov, commander of the air base at Poltava, Ukraine on the occasion of welcoming the first American Operation Frantic bombers to the base, 2 Jun 1944.United States ambassador to the USSR, W. Averell Harriman, being greeted by Soviet MGen Alexei Perminov, at the air base at Poltava, Ukraine on the arrival of the first US bombers of Operation Frantic, 2 Jun 1944.B-17 Fortress bombers of the 97th Bomb Group based in Italy flying over the Dinaric Alps in Yugoslavia on their way to bases in Ukraine as part of Operation Frantic, 2 Jun 1944.

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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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