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16 Feb 1945
  • On Luzon, Philippine Islands, American troops captured the Bataan Peninsula while paratroopers assaulted the island of Corregidor at the tip of the peninsula. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the XIX Corps of the Ninth Army of US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Wake Island arrived 49 miles southwest of Iwo Jima, Japan and provided spotter aircraft for the battleship gun crews for the next three days. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • USS Sennet sank Japanese minelayer Nariu south of Japan, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
Burma Caroline Islands
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as a part of Task Unit 50.8.25 in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Ulithi | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Air Group 80 flew 6 strikes against Tokyo, Japan as part of the first carrier-borne air attack on Japan since the Doolittle Raid 3 years earlier; 3 men and 3 aircraft from Air Group 80 were lost. ww2dbase [Albert O. Vorse, Jr. | Hancock | Tokyo | DS]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft conducted a fighter sweep over Japan; several fighters were lost in the ensuing engagement. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 strike the Tokyo area of Honshu, Japan in the first carrier-borne air strikes against the Japanese home islands since the Doolittle Raid on 18 Apr 1942. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Tokyo | DS]
  • Aircraft from USS Sargent Bay made their first attack of Japanese positions on Iwo Jima on Day D -3. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Sargent Bay | Iwo Jima | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bennington launched her first offensive strikes of the war against targets around Tokyo and Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Bennington | DS]
  • USS Anzio, USS Tabberer, and the rest of their task group arrived southwest of Iwo Jima where the carriers launched pre-invasion strikes against the island. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Henry Plage | Anzio | Tabberer | DS]
United Kingdom United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1945
Gunnery practice with 40-mm Bofors MK 12 anti-aircraft guns aboard Hornet while her aircraft raided Japan, 16 Feb 1945OS2U Kingfisher aircraft being recovered by battleship USS Texas, off Iwo Jima, at 1700 on 16 Feb 1945; note netting of recovery sled hooked on pontoon’s recovery hookA group of Beaufighter Mk X aircraft of No. 404 Squadron RCAF in flight near Dallachy, Scotland, United Kingdom, 16-18 Feb 1945USS Saint Paul at Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 16 Feb 1945
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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