5 Jun 1944
  • Józef Beck passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel noted to Gerd von Rundstedt that there was no sign of an Allied invasion on the French coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British government issued a protest to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, via the Swiss Foreign Ministry, over the brutal treatment by Japanese submariners toward survivors of their conquests. The British demanded "immediate instructions to prevent the repetition of similar atrocities and to take disciplinary action against those responsible". ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The first USAAF B-29 combat mission, involving 77 bombers, was flown from Kharagpur, British India to Bangkok, Thailand. The worst problem was an unexpected tropical storm. Five aircraft were lost on this first mission, none to enemy fire. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Puffer sank Japanese tankers Ashizuri and Takasaki in the South China Sea, hitting them all 7 of the torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1944
British Pathfinders synchronizing their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle aircraft, 5 Jun 1944Allied landing ships sailing for the invasion beaches at Normandy, France, 5 Jun 1944US troops waiting on a pier in England, United Kingdom, 5 Jun 1944General Dwight Eisenhower speaking to airborne troops, England, United Kingdom, 5 Jun 1944; note Major General Ray Barker in background
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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