2 Sep 1944
  • USS Finback rescued downed aviator and future President of the United States George Bush off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny surfaced late at night and set sail for home. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops began evacuating the Aegean Islands. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Canadian troops crossed into Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Bulgaria
  • Soviet Union declared war on Bulgaria having refused a plea from Tsar Simeon II that the country desired to withdraw from its war with Britain and America and become a neutral. A little more than five hours later, Bulgaria called for an armistice. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, AC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Slovakian Defense Minister Ferdinand Catlos abandoned his post and joined the partisan fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vojtech Tuka resigned as the Prime Minister of the German puppet nation Slovak Republic, citing poor health. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • The British 51st Highland Division entered Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France, where most of the original division had been taken prisoner in Jun 1940. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Edward Brooks personally led an attack on a 165-vehicle German convoy near Marchiennes, France; this action would earn him the Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver Star medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • The German V-2 weapon was declared operational. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • German Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel, head of Oberkommando der Heeres (OKH), ordered that "Malingerers and cowardly shirkers, including officers" should be executed immediately. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Japan Philippines Romania
  • Romanian troops entered the German legation in Bucharest, Romania. German Minister Manfred von Killinger shot himself after citing that a ship's captain should also go down with a sinking ship; Romanians arrested the remaining diplomats and military attachés including General Erik Hansen, Admiral Werner Tillessen, General Alfred Gertenberg, and General Karl Spalcke. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore United Kingdom
  • A sortie was carried out by II/KG 101 of the German Air Force, the target being Allied shipping in the English Channel. The plans were to co-ordinate with bomb-carrying Fw 109 aircraft from 2/KG200 but it was not successful. A Ju 88 aircraft crashed at Warsop in Nottinghamshire in central England, United Kingdom, another was brought down at Hothfield, Kent, southern England. Following this unsuccessful attack, II/KG101 was disbanded and a new unit III/KG66 was formed commanded by Hauptmann Kurt Capesius flying from Burg airfield near Magdeburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
  • In Britain, a V-1 flying bomb landed on RAF Hawkinge destroying a Spitfire fighter of 350 squadron and wounding some airmen. Another fell on the perimeter of RAF Nacton in Ipswich, killing a RAF non-commissioned officer and destroying a house. Records later showed that by this date, the effective end of the V-1 assault from France, 8,617 bombs had been ground launched against the United Kingdom. German AIr Force unit III K/G3 had launched about 410, mostly against London, however the Germans still had more to send. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • While attempting to unclog a uranium enrichment device at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States for the Manhattan Project, chemists Peter Bragg, Douglas Meigs, and Arnold Kramish accidentally set of an explosion, which sprayed liquid uranium hexafluoride and hydrofuoric acid on them. Bragg and Meigs were killed, while Kramish and two soldliers, George LeFevre and John Tompkins, were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Sep 1944
Young Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland, early morning of 2 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2; the boy with helmet was identified as Tadeusz RajszczakYoung Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland, early morning of 2 Sep 1944, photo 2 of 2; the boy with helmet was identified as Tadeusz RajszczakCrew of USS Finback pulling downed airman Lieutenant (jg) George Bush from the water off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands, 2 Sep 1944George Bush and other rescued airmen with some of the officers and men of USS Finback, Sep 1944
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944