Events occurring on Saturday, May 6, 1944  
  The Eastern Front  
  Soviet forces in the Crimea began their final attack on Sevastopol with a massive artillery bombardment into the fortress city.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The British Home Fleet made the first of six attempts to conduct an air strike on the German battleship Tirpitz. Poor weather prevented the attack being carried out.  
   
  Dispersed from Convoy TJ-30, the British steam merchant Anadyr was torpedoed and sunk by the U-129, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Richard von Harpe, about 600 miles south-southeast of Recife, Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 6 died and 47 survivors reached land by lifeboat. The 5,278 ton Anadyr was carrying general cargo and government stores, including oil in drums and was headed for Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The Japanese troopship convoy TAKE-1 was encountered by the submarine USS Gurnard (SS 254), commanded by Lt. Commander Charles H. Andrews, in the Celebes Sea. In the ensuing action the USS Gurnard torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Aden Maru (5,823 tons), Amatsuzan Maru (6,886 tons) and Tajima Maru (6,995 tons).  
   
  The submarine USS Crevalle (SS 291), commanded by Lt. Commander Francis D. Walker, torpedoed and sank the 16,801 ton Japanese fleet tanker Nisshin Maru  approximately 40 nautical miles west of Kalutan Island.  
   
  The submarine USS Spearfish (SS 190), commanded by Lt. Commander Joseph W. Williams, Jr., torpedoed and sank the 2,510 ton Japanese merchant Toyoura Maru and torpedoes and damaged the munitions ship IJN Mamiya in the East China Sea west of Kyushu, Japan.  
   
  The submarine USS Scorpion (SS 278) , commanded by Commander Maximilian G. Schmidt, was declared lost on March 6, 1944. The USS Scorpion departed Pearl Harbor on December 29, 1943 for her fourth war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea. On January 3, 1944, she topped off her fuel at Midway Island and headed west. On January 5, she attempted to rendezvous with her sister ship the USS Herring (SS-233) to transfer an injured crewmember. Heavy seas prevented the transfer and USS Scorpion continued west. She was not heard from again and was assumed to be the victim of a Japanese mine.  
   
  Weapons Advancement  
  The first flight of the prototype Mitsubishi A7M fighter prototype took place. The aircraft was designed to replace the Zero but the Nakajima Homare 22 engine fitted made the aircraft underpowered, and it failed to reach the performance levels demanded by the specification. On July 30, 1944, the A7M project was cancelled, work on further prototypes was stopped, and all flight trials were suspended.  
   
  India in WW2  
  British authorities announced the unconditional release of Mahatma Gandhi who had been interned in luxurious palace of Aga Khan III at Poona since August 1942 on medical grounds.  
     
   
  May 1944 Calendar  
   
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