5 Aug 1944
  • USS Cero sank a Japanese tanker north of Dutch New Guinea, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The neutral Turkish ship, Mefkure, sailing from Romania to Istanbul, Turkey with 325 passengers, mainly Jews fleeing from Romania, Poland and Hungary, was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by an unidentified submarine, believed to be the Soviet submarine SC-215. The survivors were machine gunned in the water and only 11 escape. The dead include 37 children. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was named the commanding officer of German XXXXIX. Gebirgskorps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Harder departed Fremantle, Australia for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack again served on lifeguard station off Yap, Caroline Islands in support of air strikes in the region. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Finding an unguarded track, Captain Denny of the 13/18th Hussars of the British Army led two troops of tanks to the summit of Mont Pinçon, the most formidable feature in Normandy, France. During the night his small force was reinforced by the battle-weary 4th Wiltshires (Lieutenant Colonel Luce) which on the following day then repulsed a rather half-hearted German counter-attack to regain the feature. Elsewhere, to the south, US XV Corps reached Mayenne, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, AC]
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 156 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Parche arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Representatives from Belgium, Canada, Free France, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States signed an agreement on the control of merchant shipping in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Louis Mountbatten arrived in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Aug 1944
Polish resistance fighters Wojciech Omyla, Juliusz Bogdan Deczkowski, and Tadeusz Milewski in captured German uniforms and Kar98k rifles, Warsaw, Poland, 5 Aug 1944Destroyed Jagdpanzer 38(t) on the street of Warsaw, Poland, 5 Aug 1944; this vehicle was captured by Polish fighters and destroyed by Germans during fighting near the main post office

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

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