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18 Feb 1945
  • USS Caiman departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro sank a Japanese transport, hitting her with all of the three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops encircled Graudenz, East Prussia, Germany (now Grudziadz, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The German Operation Sonnenwende offensive in Pommern, Germany was halted by Soviet resistance. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Folke Bernadotte met Heinrich Himmler at the SS Hohenlychen sanatorium in Lychen, Germany to discuss the release of Scandinavian Jews from concentration camps and Germany's separate peace with the Western Allies. They would not reach any agreement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) bombed and strafed installations on Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Ivan Serov, head counterintelligence chief of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front, ordered every German in Poland to be arrested. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Semyon Timoshenko was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Feb 1945
Commodore Burke was highlined from destroyer Callaghan to carrier Lexington, off Iwo Jima, 18 Feb 1945TBM-3 Avenger of VT-82 flying from the carrier Bennington struggles to remain airborne after receiving heavy damage in a mid-air collision with another Avenger over Chi Chi Jima, 18 Feb 1945.AMM 3rd Class L. H. McDowell at the drums during an orchestra performance aboard USS Anzio, 18 Feb 1945A column of landing craft support vessels passing by Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, 18 Feb 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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