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30 Apr 1945
  • The Western Allies captured Finnmark, Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviets and US First Army linked up near Ellenburg, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British Second Army freed 20,000 prisoners of war from Sandbostel, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American B-24 bombers sank Japanese transport Kunikawa Maru at Borneo. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Ira Eaker was named deputy commander of the Army Air Forces and chief of the Air Staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Brett retired from the US Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Arctic Ocean
  • The frigate, HMS Goodall, became the last ship to be sunk in the war against Germany when she was torpedoed by submarine U-286 in the Barents Sea with heavy loss of life returning from escorting a Russian convoy. ww2dbase [AC]
Burma
  • Anglo-Indian forces gained a beachhead on the west bank of the Pegu River at Pegu, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Suichuan Airfield in Jiangxi Province, China was reactivated. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • German police chief Obergruppenführer Karl Hermann Frank announced over radio that any attempt to rise up by the citizens of Prague in the puppet state of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia would be wiped out violently. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Germany
  • The recently married Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in Berlin, Germany. Their bodies were burned near the Chancellery bunker. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • In the Tiergarten district of Berlin, Germany, Zhukov launched an assault, refusing to permit an armistice, demanding only unconditional surrender. Soviet infantrymen, just 800 metres from the Reichstag, were attacked from the rear by SS diehards in the Kroll Opera House; the building was taken after several hours of bitter hand-to-hand fighting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH, AC]
  • US troops captured München, Germany. 50 kilometers to the northeast, at Moosburg, US Third Army freed over 100,000 prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Eva Hitler committed suicide in the Führerbunker in Berlin, Germany by ingesting cyanide. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner was made the Commander-in-Chief of the German Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Schreiber was captured by Soviet forces in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Guam
  • USS Ray departed Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Sunfish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 6 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • US Fifth Army in Italy made contact with French forces near the Italo-French border. On the same day, US troops captured Milan, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Japan Netherlands
  • Commissioner of the German occupation in the Netherlands, Arthur Seyß-Inquart, officially agreed that Allied aircraft delivering food and other supplies to Dutch civilians would not be harassed by German defensive fire. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Trepang sank Miho Maru in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Springer was depth charged by a Japanese destroyer while attempting to attack Japanese shipping in the Yellow Sea; she would survive the attack with minor damage; 4 torpedoes were expended in her attempt to fire back at the destroyer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • US 22nd Bombardment Group aircraft dropped 142 250-pound bombs on Japanese Navy Oil Refinery No. 6 (USAAF referred to this facility as the "Toshien Oil Refinery") at Toshien District, Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan. A direct hit was scored on the eastern-most oil tank, and the resulting black smoke rose to the altitude of 5,000 feet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Parche arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Apr 1945
A Marine of the US 1st Marines Division pointed his Thompson submachine gun at a Japanese sniper, Okinawa, Japan, Apr-Jun 1945Engineers of the Australian 2/13 field company resting aboard a landing craft after a failed attempt to reach coastal wire defenses off Lingkas, Tarakan, Borneo, 30 Apr 1945British personnel dismantling the experimental nuclear pile at Haigerloch near Stuttgart, Germany, Apr 1945An American soldier standing beside the bodies of SS personnel shot by US troops during the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany, 29-30 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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