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19 Feb 1945
  • Air Group 80 flew 2 strikes against Iwo Jima and fighter squadron 80 flew 1 strike against Chichi Jima and Haha Jima (both groups from USS Hancock); 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Hancock | DS]
  • John Basilone passed away. ww2dbase [John Basilone | CPC]
  • USS Sea Cat damaged a small Japanese ship with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
  • German 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Panzer Army, and 4th Army launched a counter attack in East Prussia, Germany, which was spearheaded by a captured Soviet T-34 tank. It opened a corridor between K√∂nigsberg and Pillau. The troops would hold this corridor open until early Apr, allowing thousands of civilians to be evacuated by German Navy ships. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | TH]
  • Heinrich Himmler made his first contact with Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte regarding a separate peace. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | CPC]
  • US troops landed on Samar and Capul in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • Units of the US 8th Division began encircling German troops trapped within the Siegfried Line/Westwall. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | CPC]
  • USS Mingo departed Fremantle, Australia, resuming her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • USS Missouri bombarded Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • James Lacey scored his final kill of his career as he shot down a Japanese Ki-43 aircraft, bringing his confirmed kills count to 28. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]
  • Soviet 52nd Army and Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Army secured the flanks of Soviet 4th Tank Army near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), thus ending the counter-offensive mounted by German Panzerkorps "Gro√üdeutschland" and German XXIV Panzer Corps. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Japan Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands attacked Koshun Airfield, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Koshun Airfield | Koshun, Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Bawn's factory at Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow, London, England, United Kingdom at 1420 hours. It wrecked 12 houses, damaged 500 houses, killed 18, seriously injured 53, and lightly injured 150. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | London, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Feb 1945
Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver with Bombing Squadron VB-80 returning to the USS Hancock after flying close ground support strikes in support of the Marines landing on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945.Fifth Division Marines moving inland off the beach, after coming ashore on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945; note Mount Suribachi in backgroundKilled US Marines on the beaches of Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb 1945US Marine M4A3 Sherman flame tank, also known as
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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