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3 Apr 1945
  • USS Wake Island was struck by two or three Japanese special attack aircraft, causing damage but little casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Special attack boats of Japanese Navy Shinyo Squadron 22 sank American gunboat LCI(G)-82 at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front penetrated the German defensive lines between Wiener Neustadt and Neusiedler Lake, advancing toward Vienna, Austria. Major Carl Szokoll, a leader of the Austrian resistance, met with Soviet authorities about cooperation in Vienna to prevent the city's destruction. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • General of Infantry Wilhelm Hasse replaced Walther Nehring as the commander of the German 1.Panzerarmee. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Second Army arrived at Münster, Germany while the US Ninth Army captured Recklinghausen. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US First Army captured Fulda and Kassel, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German rocket troops were converted to regular troops and joined the German 5th Army Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Hengelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-71 struck a mine and sunk off Sanga Sanga, Borneo. ww2dbase [AC]
  • While under repair at Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Emden had her forward funnel destroyed by a direct hit of an Allied aerial bomb. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • US 45th Infantry Division captured Aschaffenburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet departed Guam, Mariana Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Franklin arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Troops of British Special Boat Service and Italian 28th Garribaldi Brigade captured islands in Lake Comacchio in northern Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ancon was ordered to move further away from Okinawa, Japan due to dangers from Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • 68 American B-29 bombers attacked the Koizuimi aircraft factory and the urban areas of Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore Taiwan
  • 16 B-25 bombers of USAAF 3rd Bombardment Group and B-24 bombers of USAAF 90th Bombardment Group, escorted by 8 P-38 fighters, attacked the butanol plant, rail marshalling yards, and the military airfield at Kagi, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Apr 1945
United States Army Engineers construct a “Bailey Bridge” while a WC54 ambulance and a Jeep ford the Mag-Ampon River, San Pablo, Luzon, Philippines, 3 Apr 1945. Note the machine gun mounted in the Jeep.Kagi butanol plant under attack by B-25 bombers of 3rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 1 of 5Kagi butanol plant under attack by B-25 bombers of 3rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 2 of 5Kagi butanol plant under attack by PV-1 aircraft of US Navy squadron VPB-137, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 1 of 2
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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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