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9 May 1945
  • Feldmarschall Kesselring is captured near Saalfelden, Austria. ww2dbase [Albert Kesselring | TH]
  • The United States lifted its war time ban on horse racing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German cruiser Prinz Eugen surrendered to the Allied forces in Copenhagen, Denmark. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • German Reich Commissar for Norway, Josef Turboven, committed suicide in Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Vidkun Quisling, Norway's pro-Nazi Prime Minister, was captured by the underground. ww2dbase [Vidkun Quisling | AC]
  • In New Guinea, the Australians continued to make gains. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | AC]
  • Soviet troops captured Stutthof Concentration Camp near Danzig, Germany (now Gdansk, Poland). ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • William Slim indicated to his senior staff at the British 14th Army that he might soon be sacked by Oliver Leese. The senior staff officers leaked out the news. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • The German garrisons in the Channel Islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | TH]
  • USS Bailey departed Tarakan Roads bound for Morotai, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
  • Soviet troops entered Prague, Czechoslovakia. A large number of German troops, fleeing Prague, reached the area between villages MilĂ­n, Slivice, and Cimelice near the US-USSR demarcation line. ww2dbase [Prague Strategic Offensive | Prague | AC, CPC]
  • Karl Hermann Frank surrendered to the US Army in Plzen (Pilsen) in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Karl Hermann Frank | Plzen | CPC]
  • The German garrisons at Dunkerque (12,000 men), La Rochelle, Lorient, and Saint-Nazaire surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | TH]
  • Nazi German leader Hermann Göring surrendered to US troops in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Hermann Göring | AC]
  • Soviet SMERSH agents arrested Käthe Heusermann, chief assistant to Adolf Hitler's dentist Dr. Hugo Blaschke, to assist in the identification of the body retrieved in Berlin, Germany which was suspected to be that of Hitler's. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
  • The 20,000-strong German garrison in the Greek islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | TH]
  • German forces on Guernsey surrendered to the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Japanese special attack aircraft damaged two destroyer escorts off Okinawa, Japan and two British carriers (Victorious and Formidable) off Taiwan. On land, the Americans still engaged in vicious close quarter fighting on Okinawa. The Japanese defenders resorted to turning themselves into human bombs, loading themselves with explosives to charge US positions; prisoners were a rarity as the US Marines fired on anything that moved. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • German forces on Jersey surrendered to the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
Latvia Pacific Ocean
  • Submarine USS Tinosa sank the 2,300-ton cargo ship Wakatama Maru along the Korean coast off Donghae. ww2dbase [Tinosa | Sea of Japan | DS]
  • Victory was celebrated in Moscow, Russia where two million people watched a parade and firework display. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | Moscow | TH]
  • Kamikaze began an escort assignment for cruiser Haguro out of Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom Yugoslavia
  • Alexander Löhr surrendered to Yugolsavian partisans at Topolsica in the Slovenia region of Yugoslavia. On the same day, he was mentioned in the German Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Alexander Löhr | Topolsica, Slovenia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 May 1945
African-American troops read President TrumanAugusta off Portland, Maine, United States, 9 May 1945HMS Victorious on fire after being struck by Japanese special attack aircraft, off Sakishima Gunto (Islands), Japan, 9 May 1945Soviet troops in Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 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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