3 Jun 1944
  • USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF aircraft conducted raids in the Pas-de-Calais and Cherbourg areas of France. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • Albert Kesselring declared Rome, Italy an open city. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 130 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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 [Main Article | 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 Szilágysomló (Simleu Silvaniei)). ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | 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.

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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