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11 Apr 1945
  • A Japanese special attack aircraft crashed into the starboard side of USS Missouri, causing minor damage. The remains of the Japanese pilot was given a sea burial with military honors. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • British Second Army captured Celle, Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Harry Dimoline was reverted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Harry Dimoline | CPC]
  • USS Parche sank a small Japanese freighter off Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland bombarded targets at Sabang, Sumatra (now Indonesia) during offensive sweep against shipping in Indian Ocean as part of Sunfish. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • Soviet troops reached the Elbe River near Magdeburg, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American troops captured an intact V-weapon plant in Nordhausen, Germany; top American leadership soon sent in engineers to remove as much equipment as possible ahead of the arrival of Soviet troops. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Missouri, USS Enterprise, USS Essex, and 6 destroyers were damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • The Soviet 4th Guards Army attacked the canals over the Danube River in Vienna, Ostmark, Germany. Nearby, Soviet 20th Guards Rifle Corps and 1st Mechanized Corps attacked the Reichsbrücke Bridge but failing to take it. After observing the fighting on the front lines in the district of Florisdorf, Otto Skorzeny concluded that Vienna was to fall within a day. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | AC]
Burma
  • Anglo-Indian troops captured Pyabwe, Burma at dawn; 2,000 dead Japanese bodies were counted in the region after the fierce battle. To the southwest, mechanized Anglo-Indian troops reached the Taungdwingyi area. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | Pyabwe | CPC]
China
  • Naoto Kohiyama stepped down as the President of the South Manchuria Railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 164 was laid down by Osaka Zosen; this craft would not be completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • USS Ancon set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Ancon | Okinawa Campaign | Okinawa | CPC]
  • I-401 departed Kure, Japan for Dalian, China; she was tasked to bring fuel back to Kure, whose stores were becoming depleted. ww2dbase [I-401 | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 175 was launched. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gabilan fired four torpedoes at a convoy of small Japanese ships in the South China Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Gabilan | South China Sea | CPC]
Taiwan
  • The Toroku Prisoners of War Camp in central Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Composite Squadron VC-19 came aboard escort carrier USS Bogue as put to sea bound for the New London, Connecticut area for anti-submarine exercises. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Bogue | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1945
Contralto singer Marian Anderson entertaining a group of African-American US Army personnel, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, United States, 11 Apr 1945Miles Dempsey, Omar Bradley, Bernard Montgomery, and William Simpson, 11 Apr 1945Soldiers of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada aboard a Kangaroo armored personnel carrier converted from a Ram tank, Europe, 11 Apr 1945Dead prisoners of Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp on barracks floors as discovered by members of US 1st Army, Nordhausen, Germany, 11 Apr 1945
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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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