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4 Mar 1945
  • After breaking through near Stargard, Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front heads toward Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). ww2dbase [TH]
  • German troops encircled the spearhead of Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Army in Silesia, Germany (now Poland) during Operation Gemse. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
Burma
  • Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung won the Victoria Cross for advancing alone to clear Japanese positions near Mandalay, Burma ahead of General Slim's British 14th Army. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Hancock arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands; Air Group 6 relieved Air Group 80. ww2dbase [Hancock | DS]
  • USS Wasp arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Baya fired six torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, hitting a transport and an oil with 2 torpedoes each and sinking both. ww2dbase [Baya | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Marcus Island began a 4-day period of training in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
Switzerland
  • Allied bombers attacked Basel and Zürich by mistake. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The last Luftwaffe aircraft to crash on British soil was a Ju 88G-6 of 12/Nachtjagdgesswader 3 flown by Hauptmann Johann Dreher, an experienced former bomber pilot who had already been awarded the Knight's Cross medal. Having attacked a Halifax aircraft trying to land at Elvington near York, Dreher spotted a car on a road alongside the airfield. As he came in low, his aircraft clipped a tree and cart-wheeled into Dunnington Lodge at 0145 hours, badly injuring Ellen Moll (aged 61) and her daughter-in-law Violet (28) both of who died later that day in York County Hospital. All four members of the German aircraft were killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 4 Mar 1945
B-17G Fortresses of the US 15th Air Force trailing condensation trails amid anti-aircraft flak bursts during the bombing run over Graz, Austria, 4 Mar 1945.B-29 Superfortress bomber Two US Marine attacking with flamethrowers on Iwo Jima, Japan, 4 Mar 1945B-29 Superfortress bomber
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4 Mar 1945 Interactive Map

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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