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5 Mar 1945
  • Patrols from US First Army reached outskirts of Köln, Germany. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | TH]
  • Germany began the conscription of 15 to 16-year-old males for service. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Tunny departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • The first prototype of Ki-115 Tsuragi special attack aircraft was completed. ww2dbase [Ki-115 Tsurugi | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin tracked an escorted convoy of two cargo ships through out the day; she sank gunboat Manyo Maru with three of three torpedoes fired, cargo ship Shoyu Maru with one of three torpedoes fired, and cargo ship Nagaru Maru with one of seven torpedoes fired. Sea Robin was hunted by Japanese ships and aircraft after the attack but was able to escape. ww2dbase [Sea Robin | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Clifton Sprague commended the "efficiency, smoothness and good judgement" of USS Wake Island and the crew. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Captain Hidekazu Osuga was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • Lieutenant James Lyle was named the commanding officer of HMS Dianthus. ww2dbase [Dianthus | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippines. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Burma Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Ulithi | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • USS Sterlet sank a Japanese oiler south of Tokyo Bay, Japan, hitting her with five of six torpedoes. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
  • USS Haddock fired an acoustic seeking torpedo at a small patrol craft 20 miles east of Kyushu, Japan, damaging the craft. ww2dbase [Haddock | Miyazaki | CPC]
  • Fortress Graudenz in occupied Poland was captrued by Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front. At the Oksywie Heights near Gotenhafen, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany (Gdynia, occupied Poland), 30,000 people were evacuated by ships on the previous day and this date. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | Graudenz, Pomorskie | TH]
Photo(s) dated 5 Mar 1945
USS Iowa with newly-equipped SC-1 Seahawk aircraft, 5 Mar 1945

5 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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