3 Jun 1944
  • RAF aircraft conducted raids in the Pas-de-Calais and Cherbourg areas of France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | CPC]
  • US XIII Bomber Command established its headquarters at Momote Airfield, Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Engineers at Curtiss-Wright published an internal memorandum noting the defects of the current generation of SB2C Helldiver aircraft (bell cranks might break during high speed dives) but the company failed to address the issue even for the aircraft built but not yet delivered to the US Navy. A number of aviators would be killed or injured due to this defect for the next month to come or perhaps longer due to this defect. ww2dbase [SB2C Helldiver | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten received the latest orders from the Anglo-American combined chiefs; to his disappointment, there was not to be any amphibious operations in Burma, and instead focus was to be placed on China. Mountbatten would decide to disobey the orders and instead planned on ground offensives from India into Burma. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
Italy Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) entered Majuro lagoon, Marshall Islands and began preparations for her next major amphibious support operation, the assault on the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Majuro Atoll | DS]
Poland
  • Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp's electric fence, which had previously been turned off during the daylight hours to save energy, was now on throughout the entire day in response to the numerous escape attempts by Hungarian Jews. On the same day, four transports brought 11,569 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz (2,937 from Nagyszölös (Vinogradov), 2,499 from Kassa Kosice, 2,972 from Nagyvárad (Oradea), and 3,161 from SzilágysomlĂł (Simleu Silvaniei)). ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Auschwitz Concentration Camp | Oswiecim | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1944
US troops preparing to board Horsa gliders for Normandy, France assault, England, United Kingdom, Jun 1944, photo 1 of 2US troops preparing to board Horsa gliders for Normandy, France assault, England, United Kingdom, Jun 1944, photo 2 of 2; note RAF markings recently painted over with USAAF markingsUSS E. A. Poe entering USS ABSD-1 at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, 3 Jun 1944LST-357 at a port in southern England being loaded with DUKWs in preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasion, early June 1944.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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