3 Jul 1944
  • USS Franklin launched strikes against Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-28 began anti-submarine warfare exercises with United States Coast Guard cutter Reliance off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet forces recaptured Minsk, Byelorussia, trapping over 100,000 Germans in the pocket. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US VIII Corps advanced toward Coutances, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • John Basilone re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Harder arrived at Darwin, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • After sundown, Japanese commandos raided a British airfield near Imphal, India and destroyed eight parked aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French Expeditionary Corps captured Siena, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1944
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 2Submarine Spot at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 3 Jul 1944; note submarine Trepang 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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