3 Jul 1944
  • USS Franklin launched strikes against Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • USS S-28 began anti-submarine warfare exercises with United States Coast Guard cutter Reliance off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • Soviet forces recaptured Minsk, Byelorussia, trapping over 100,000 Germans in the pocket. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • US VIII Corps advanced toward Coutances, France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • John Basilone re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. ww2dbase [John Basilone | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ship Nitta Maru and passenger-cargo ship Gyoyu Maru off Taiwan, hitting her with four of five torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
Australia Finland
  • At 0358 hours, having intercepted the intelligence that a Soviet offensive was to be launched on this day, 40 Finnish and 40 German aircraft attacked Soviet staging points in Finland, followed by an artillery bombardment. The Soviet offensive was delayed until 0600 hours, and it achieved little. ww2dbase [Battle of Tali-Ihantala and Battle of Vuosalmi | CPC]
Hawaii India Italy Japan
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Iwo Jima and Chichi Jima of the Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Corregidor completed guarding the US logistics force off Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Corregidor | Eniwetok | CPC]
New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • Submarine USS Tinosa attacked a convoy of five ships southwest of Nagasaki, sinking the cargo ship Kamo Maru and the small tanker Konsan Maru. ww2dbase [Tinosa | East China Sea | DS]
  • 55 B-17s in Italy on the return leg of an Operation Frantic shuttle mission join Fifteenth Air Force bombers in bombing railway marshalling yards at Arad, Romania. 38 P-51s also on the shuttle run flew escort on the mission. All Operation Frantic aircraft returned to bases in Italy. ww2dbase [B-17 Flying Fortress | Operation Frantic | P-51 Mustang | Arad | DS]
United Kingdom
  • 64 US Army servicemen and 10 civilians were killed in their living quarters when, at 0747 hours, a V-1 bomb hit the building at Turk's Row in Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom. A further 54 soldiers were seriously injured. Another V-1 bomb exploded in Sandling Park in East Kent, the bomb had been brought down by a fighter and exploded in the lines of the Canadian 6 Tank Regiment, six soldiers were wounded. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | HM]
  • Remy van Lierde, a Belgian pilot with No. 3 Squadron RAF, shot down a V-1 flying bomb over Beachy Head, East Sussex, England on the south coast of Britain. He would go on to shoot down 44 in total. ww2dbase [Remy Van Lierde | V-Weapons Campaign | England | HM]
United States
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia. Composite Squadron VC-69 disembarked Bogue. This sortie was one of six Bogue sortie's singled out in a Presidntial Unit Citation. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Bogue | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1944
United States Army paratroopers landing on the Kamiri airstrip on Noemfoor Island off New Guinea, 3 Jul 1944. Note B-17 fortress patrolling high overhead.US Marines running through streets of Garapan while engaging in street fighting, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 3 Jul 1944USS Trepang at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jul 1944, photo 1 of 2USS Trepang at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jul 1944, photo 2 of 2
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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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