Events occurring on Sunday, May 7, 1944  
  The Air War Over Europe  
  The U.S. 8th Air Force conducted a massive 1500 bomber raid against Berlin.  
   
  The U.S. 15th Air Force and RAF Bomber Command attacked the railway yards in Bucharest, nearly destroying the entire city.  
   
  The U.S. 9th Air Force continued operations against French transportation targets by attacking the railway yards at Mezieres-Charleville in preparation for the cross-channel attack.  
   
  The Southwest Pacific Theater  
  Elements of the U.S. 46th Division encountered no Japanese resistance as it occupied the Cape Hopkins Airfield in the Bismarck Archipelago.  
   
  The remnants of the Japanese troopship convoy TAKE-1, attacked the previous day by the submarine USS Gurnard (SS 254) reached Bangka Island, Celebes, where it would pause before pushing o for Halmahera, Netherland East Indies.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The frigate HMCS Valleyfield (K 329), commanded by T/A/Lt. Commander Dermot T. English was returning from escort duty of convoy ONM-234 when it was torpedoed and sunk by the U-548, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Eberhard Zimmermann, about 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 128 died and 38 survivors were picked up by the corvette HMCS Giffard (K 402).  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Burrfish (SS 312), commanded by Lt. Commander William B. Perkins, Jr., torpedoed and sank the 5,984 ton German oiler Rossbach bound for Balikpapan, south of Murotosaki, Japan.  
   
  Efforts continued to rescue the survivors of the three ships (army cargo ships Aden Maru, Amatsuzan Maru and Tajima Maru) of Japanese troopship convoy TAKE-1 sunk by the submarine USS Gurnard (SS 254) the day before.  
     
   
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