6 Jul 1944
  • USS Franklin arrived in the Mariana Islands area; she was to remain through 22 Jul 1944 to launch strikes against Japanese position on Rota and Guam islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank the 39,100-ton Japanese transport Dori Maru off Dalian, China at about 0300 hours with two torpedoes. With this sinking, she obtained the record of the greatest total tonnage sunk by an American submarine during one war patrol. ww2dbase [Tang | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kovel, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Chaim Weizmann, the future Israeli president, messaged British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, requesting the rail lines leading to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland to be bombed. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Captain Yujiro Takarada was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • US Navy Special Attack Unit (SAU-1) was formed under Commander James A. Smith for Operation Anvil. ww2dbase [Operation Aphrodite and Operation Anvil | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • After the escort carrier USS Card’s task group engaged and sank German submarine U-233, escort ships USS Baker and Thomas transferred 30 German prisoners to Card, including U-233’s badly wounded commanding officer Kapitänleutnant Hans Steen. Kapitänleutnant Steen later died of his wounds and was buried at sea with full military honors. ww2dbase [Card | Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | DS]
  • Colonel (temporary Lieutenant General) George Patton, Jr. secretly flew into the Cotentin Peninsula in France. ww2dbase [George Patton | AC]
  • Wing Commamner Leonard Cheshire led a "Tallboy" attack on the V-3 gun structure at Mimoyecque. After this mission, the last of his fourth tour, he was ordered to rest (he never flew operations again) and two months later he was awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | Mimoyecque, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | AC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a raid against rocket launching sites in the Pas-de-Calais region of France but returned without bombing due to inability to positively identify the target. This was also the day that RAF Thurleigh received a visit from British royalty. HM King George VI, HM Queen Elizabeth, HRH Princess Elizabeth, and courtiers arrived accompanied by Eighth Air Force Commander General Jimmy Doolittle. This was Princess Elizabeth’s first visit to an American air base in Britain and she christened bomber ‘Rose of York’ named in her honor. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | RAF Thurleigh | Pas-de-Calais | DS]
Germany Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Sixteen men of WIMU (special ordinance project) arrived on board. Part of Air Group 22 arrived. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii bound for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands with USAAF's 333rd Fighter Squadron aboard along with their P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Pearl Harbor, Oahu | DS]
Italy Mariana Islands Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish sank Soviet merchant ship Ob in the Kurile Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • Prisoners Edward Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, escaped from Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland in Jun 1944, were re-captured. They would later be executed for this attempt. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Heinkel aircraft of German III/KG3 launched 8 V-1 flying bombs into England, United Kingdom during the night. This squadron lost two planes during take off from their base at Rosi?res, France when they collided on the runway, one crew member was killed. 418 Squadron RAF, flying Mosquito VI aircraft, brought down 12 flying bombs most of them over the cliffs of Beachy Head on the East Sussex coast, while further south after dark, 605 Squadron, flying the Mosquito VI night fighters, shot down 7. Night fighter pilots asked that the aircraft be fitted with dark glass visors as the explosion of the V-1 bomb in the air in front of the attacking aircraft was temporally blinding the pilot and navigator. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | England | HM]
United States Photo(s) dated 6 Jul 1944
US Marines marching through Garapan, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 6 Jul 1944USAAF Lieutenant Everett A. Thies and his crew chief Technical Sergeant Daniel Nobel posing by their F-5C Lightning reconnaissance aircraft F-5C Lightning reconnaissance aircraft Francis Gabreski posing in the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt fighter, shortly after 5 Jul 1944
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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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