×
Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About
     

World War II Database

5 Apr 1945
  • 18 US Divisions began to clear the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. ww2dbase [Fall of the Ruhr | TH]
  • Soviet foreign minister Molotov informed the Japanese ambassador that the Soviet Union would not renew the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact when it would expire in 1946. ww2dbase [Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact | CPC]
  • Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front cut the rail line from Linz to Vienna, occupied Austria. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | TH]
  • On the fifth day of the Soviet artillery bombardmen on Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany, a break in the weather allowed Soviet aircraft to join in on the attack. By this point, German defenses could offer little opposition to enemy aircraft. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Almelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS New Mexico became the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance of US Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Kamoi was heavily damaged by a B-24 bomber of USAAF Far East Air Force in Hong Kong harbor. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Italy Japan
  • Americans established an advanced air base on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Iwo Jima | CPC]
  • At 1359 hours, while at Mitajiri anchorage in Japan, battleship Yamato's commanding officer Captain Kosaku Ariga received the order to participate in a surface special attack on 7 Apr 1945. Ariga informed the crew at 1500 hours. At 1730 hours, 67 recently arrived cadets from the Naval Academy at Etajima were sent ashore. A farewell party was then held aboard Yamato, with a photographer taking portraits of officers. ww2dbase [Yamato | Hofu, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-87 and embarked squadron VCO-1 while operating off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Yukio Araki visited his home in Gunma Prefecture, Japan for the last time. ww2dbase [Yukio Araki | Gunma | CPC]
United States
  • The third FR Fireball prototype aircraft was destroyed in a crash over Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [FR Fireball | San Diego, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1945
Portrait of YamatoGround crew made an Omar Bradley and George Patton at Bastogne, Belgium, 5 Apr 1945Three Japanese soldiers emerged from their hiding place to surrender, Iwo Jima, 5 Apr 1945
See all photos dated 5 Apr 1945

5 Apr 1945 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites


News

Famous WW2 Quote
"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939


Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!