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3 Mar 1945
  • Gheorghe Avramescu passed away. ww2dbase [Gheorghe Avramescu | CPC]
  • Kurt Schmidt passed away. ww2dbase [Kurt Schmidt | CPC]
  • US and Filipino troops captured Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • Canadian troops captured Xanten, Germany while US First Army captured Krefeld, Germany. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | TH]
  • USS Charr arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin sank the Japanese cargo ship Suiten Maru north of Surabaja, Java, hitting her with 1 of 7 torpedoes fired; she picked up 3 survivors. ww2dbase [Sea Robin | CPC]
  • USS Chub was attacked by a Japanese submarine but was able to escape unharmed. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
  • German 6th Volksgrenadier Division captured Lauban, Germany (now Poland). ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland carried out post-refit trials off Capetown, South Africa. On completion, took passage to resume Fleet duties at Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka. Ship would be joined renamed East Indies Fleet. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • USS Archerfish ended her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Archerfish | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Escort carrier USS Card joined with the main section of Convoy UC-58(B) which had departed from Southampton, England. ww2dbase [Card | DS]
  • In Burma, British Lieutenant William Weston, 21, of the Green Howards, was clearing a labyrinth of bunkers and tunnels with grenades when he was wounded. Falling into the entrance of an enemy bunker, his only thought was for the task. He pulled the pin of a grenade and rolled into the strong-point killing himself and all inside. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops captured Meiktila, Burma after the final 47 Japanese defenders committed suicide. Japanese resistance in outskirts of the city would continue for a few more days. ww2dbase [Battle of Meiktila-Mandalay | Meiktila | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Netherlands
  • 57 Mitchell and Boston bombers of the RAF Second Tactical Air Force were sent to bomb a suspected rocket launching site in a wooded park in the Hague in the Netherlands. Some of the 69 tons of bombs meant for the site missed by as much as 500 yards, hitting the Bezuidenhout district. 500 civilians were killed and 2,000 were injured, while several thousands were made homeless. The German occupation refused to help the survivors, delaring that the "Dutch have to learn what it is like", referring to the Allied bombing of German cities of Hamburg, Dresden, and others. ww2dbase [Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | The Hague | CPC]
  • US fighters based in the Philippine Islands strafed Koshun Airfield, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Koshun Airfield | Koshun, Takao | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Mar 1945
M10 Wolverine tank destroyer of the American 701st Battalion at Mt. Terminale, Italy, 3 Mar 1945Two (Essex-class) carriers at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 3 Mar 1945. USS Hancock, in front, is in Berth 22 and USS Wasp is in Berth 29. Both ships show very battle worn paint schemes.A US Marine ran past a dead Japanese soldier, Iwo Jima, Japan, 3 Mar 1945Two US Marines with an empty stretcher ran past a dead Japanese soldier, Iwo Jima, 3 Mar 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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