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21 Feb 1945
  • Air Group 80 from USS Hancock flew one strike in support of operations on Iwo Jima; 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Hancock | DS]
  • The first semi-navalised Hawker Sea Fury (SR661) prototype aircraft made its maiden flight. It was fitted with a Centaurus XII engine and four-bladed Rotol airscrew. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Filipp Golikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the second time. ww2dbase [Filipp Golikov | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
  • The Japanese Army and Navy launched a combined tokko attack, dispatching 4 and 21 suicide aircraft, respectively. The fleet carrier USS Saratoga and escort carrier USS Lunga Point were hit and damaged, while escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Saratoga | Iwo Jima | AC]
  • Submarine I-369 arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [I-369 | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • USS Astoria provided naval gunfire support at Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | Iwo Jima | CPC]
  • While destroyer USS Shaw was escorting a convoy from Leyte Gulf to Mindoro, another of the convoy escorts, USS Renshaw, was hit with a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. Renshaw was damaged but not sunk. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Shaw | Visayan Islands | DS]
  • Boris Shaposhnikov was awarded his third Order of Lenin. ww2dbase [Boris Shaposhnikov | CPC]
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
  • Kliment Voroshilov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the fourth time. ww2dbase [Kliment Voroshilov | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Feb 1945
US Marine on Mount Suribachi, with landing craft in the background, Iwo Jima, Japan, 19-23 Feb 1945Officers of the US Fifth Marine Division directed the operations from a sandbagged position, Iwo Jima, 21 Feb 1945Aerial photograph of Mount Suribachi with Iwo JimaLSM-140 unloading on a southeastern Iwo Jima beach, circa 21-22 Feb 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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