6 Aug 1944
  • USS Croaker fired 7 torpedoes at a Japanese freighter, all of which missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In France, US 4th Armored Division advanced to Lorient and US 6th Armored Division advanced toward Brest. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The refinery city of Drohobyez, Poland was captured by the Red Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US XX Corps reached Laval, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • A flight of three BQ-7 Aphrodite drones was launched in Britain, carrying high explosive bombs, incendiary bombs, and napalm. Control problems caused two of them to crash into the sea (one of them nearly crashed into the town of Ipswich). The third was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire on the French coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • Matt Urban was made the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion of US 60th Regiment while in France. ww2dbase [Main Article | JR]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Twelve ready-service magazines turned over to station. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Unryu was commissioned into service at Yokosuka, Japan with Captain Konishi Kaname in command. She was assigned to Carrier Division 1 of Japanese 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Pintado sank Japanese cargo ship Shonan Maru and damaged another in the East China Sea; six torpedoes were expended and four of them made contact (two on each target). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lodz, the last Jewish ghetto in Poland, was liquidated; its 60,000 residences were sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. 27,000 prisoners of various concentration camps east of the Vistula River in Poland were transferred to camps to the west. The evacuation of Kaiserwald Concentration Camp outside of Riga, Latvia began. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Anti-aircraft batteries along the southern British coast were in action throughout the day, bringing down V-1 flying bombs; the beaches along the coast at Folkestone and Hythe, Kent, England, United Kingdom were becoming littered with wreckage from the bombs. The fighter squadrons were busy too with the Polish 316 squadron bringing down 9, mostly behind the coastal anti-aircraft guns near Hastings, Sussex. Flight Sergeant Don MacKerras RAAF was killed when his Tempest V fighter spun into the ground whilst he was on patrol; he had attempted to tip a flying bomb over with his wing tip but collided with the missile, losing his wing. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
  • A V-1 flying bomb caused massive damage when it exploded in Carrington Road in Dartford, London, England, United Kingdom; 20 homes were wrecked and another 700 houses needed repair; ten people died and 20 hospitalized. Balloons brought down four flying bombs around the town of Sevenoaks in Kent, England; the success was a testament to the skill of the balloon crews in placing them at the correct height and in areas that did not threaten dwellings if the bombs were brought down. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1944
B-24J Liberator of the 856th Bomb Squadron over the target of the Rhenania-Ossag oil refinery near Hamburg, Germany, Aug 6 1944.

6 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

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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