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11 May 1945
  • USS Bunker Hill was hit by two Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan, killing 373. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kiyoshi Ogawa passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Various German units in Czechoslovakia, Dunkirk in France, and the Aegean Sea islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • A Japanese Navy Ohka combat sortie by 4 G4M bombers off Okinawa, Japan heavily damaged American destroyer USS Hugh W. Hadley. On the island, US troops launched an offensive toward Naha. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 92 American B-29 bombers attacked the Kawanishi aircraft factories near Kobe, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Australians launched their final assault on the last Japanese strongpoint on the northern coast of Wewak, New Guinea. Cut off from support and defending a backwater that had been by-passed in the Pacific War, the Japanese nevertheless fought on fanatically until the 23 May when the surviving sick, starving and broken force retreated into the mountains. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Target Committee of the Manhattan Project, led by Robert Oppenheimer, decided the best targets of the atomic bomb were Kyoto, Niigata, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and Kokura. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German President Karl Dönitz ordered all promotions and awards to cease. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Submarine I-369 departed Woleai, Caroline Islands with 60 evacuees and 2 boxes of ashes of killed servicemen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • The Soviet Prague Strategic Offensive in Czechoslovakia concluded. On the same day, SMERSH agents arrested many Russian émigrés in Prague; in 2003, the Czech government would name this day "the day of the destruction of Russian intellectuals". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Military medical doctor Lieutenant Colonel Faust Shkaravsky of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front concluded that one of the two bodies Soviet SMERSH agents retrieved near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany was that of Adolf Hitler's. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Soviet counterintelligence official Pavel Meshik reported to the Soviet high command in Berlin, Germany that Soviet discipline was poor, and that lootings and rapings continued to occur in and around the German capital. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed the Ruykyu Islands for Ulithi, Caroline Islands for upkeep, rest, and relaxation. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed waters off Okinawa, Japan, sailing for Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Fumihiro Mitsuyama (born Tak Kyonghyong), flying a Ki-43 aircraft, died in battle off Okinawa, Japan as a special attack pilot. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Four PV-1 aircraft of US Navy VPB-137 squadron attacked Kagi butanol plant, Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Far East Air Force B-25 bombers based in the Philippine Islands attacked targets in the towns of Kagi (now Chiayi) and Koshun in Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Sergeant Jack Hinton of New Zealand 2nd Division received the Victoria Cross from King George VI at the Buckingham Palace in London, England, United Kingdom for bravery exhibited while fighting in Kalamata, Greece on 28 Apr 1941. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 May 1945
Front: Simpson, Patton, Spaatz, Eisenhower, Bradley, Hodges, Gerow. Back: Stearley, Vandenburg, Smith, Weiland, and Nugent. 12th Army Group Headquarters Bad Wildungen, Germany, 11 May 1945Transfer of wounded from USS Bunker Hill to USS Wilkes Barre, who were injured during fire following suicide dive bombing attack off Okinawa, 11 May 1945Carrier Bunker Hill burning after first Carrier USS Bunker Hill burning after the second special attack off Okinawa, Japan, 11 May 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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