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14 Mar 1945
  • A new pocket of German troops was formed near Braunsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now Braniewo, Poland). ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | TH]
  • The German attack against the Hungarian oil fields near Lake Balaton and Budapest was halted. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Kete attacked a Japanese cable-laying ship off Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Kete | CPC]
  • USS Tunny placed over 230 mines in waters in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Gordon H. McDaniel of the US 318 Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, flying P-51 fighter "Mary Mac" achieved six kills (all Fw 190 fighters) during a single mission in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines and went alongside tender USS Dobbin. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Missouri departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 58 departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to provide indirect support for the campaign against Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class), USS Enterprise, USS Intrepid, USS Langley (Independence-class), USS Flint, USS San Diego, and USS St. Louis departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to resume raids on Japan in support of the Okinawa operations. ww2dbase [Intrepid | St. Louis | San Diego | Enterprise | Langley (Independence-class) | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
  • After more than a month at sea and in intense combat at Iwo Jima, Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay arrived back at Ulithi in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Ulithi | DS]
  • A British No. 617 Squadron RAF Lancaster bomber commanded by Squadron Leader C. C. Calder dropped a 22,000-pound Grand Slam bomb on the Bielefeld viaduct, breaking two spans. It was the first time the Grand Slam bomb was used in combat. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Bielefeld, Westfalen-Nord | AC]
  • Donald Bryan, flying a P-51 fighter, shot down 1 of the 11 Ar 234B-1 jet bombers attacking the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany. Hauptman Hans Hirshberger failed to bail out and was killed in the crash; this was his first and final combat mission. ww2dbase [Remagen, Köln-Aachen | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against a jet components plant at Hildesheim, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | RAF Thurleigh | Hildesheim | DS]
  • USS Haddock arrived at Guam, ending her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Haddock | CPC]
  • The island of Iwo Jima was declared conquered by Chester Nimitz, noting that "all powers of government of the Japanese Empire in these islands are hereby suspended", but fighting would continue. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Iwo Jima | CPC]
  • I-14 was commissioned into service; Commander Tsuruzo Shimizu remained in command. The submarine was assigned to Yokosuka Naval District. She departed Kobe later in the same day. ww2dbase [I-14 | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Nine B-17 Fortresses of the 92nd Bomb Group flying from RAF Podington in Bedfordshire dropped Disney rocket-assisted bombs on the E-Boat pens at IJmuiden, Netherlands. ww2dbase [Schnellboot-class | Disney | IJmuiden | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Springer attacked a Japanese patrol boat in the East China Sea, but the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Springer | East China Sea | CPC]
United States
  • At Norfolk, Captain Paul L. Dudley relieved Captain Rufus Young as commanding officer of escort carrier USS Card. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1945
The official flag raising at the American Headquarters on Iwo Jima immediately after NimitzMar 1945 map showing the general arrangement of the Kaiser Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Portland, Oregon, United States.

14 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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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945

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