4 August 1944


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War at Sea

German submarine U-671 sunk south of Brighton


A court begins to investigate the July Plot


8th Army reaches the outskirts of Florence

Western Front

3rd Army takes Rennes

2nd Army takes Evrecy and Esquisy

War in the Air

Formation of the Balkan Air Force is announced.


Mannerheim succeeds Ryti as President of Finland

Technology/ War in the Air

No.616 Squadron makes its first successful interceptions of V-1 Flying Bombs using the Gloster Meteor jet. One is destroyed using the "tip and run" method, using the air flow over the Meteor's wings to tip the V-1 off its course, the second is destroyed by cannon fire.

Related Books

Gloster Meteor, Britain's Celebrated First-Generation Jet, Phil Butler and Tony Buttler. This is a detailed, well illustrated and well written look at the development and service history of the Gloster Meteor, both in British and overseas hands. The book covers the development of the E.28/39, Britain's first jet aircraft and the development of the Meteor, looks in detail at the prototype aircraft, the various versions of the Meteor and its British and overseas service careers. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 4 August 1944, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1944_08_03.html

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