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16 May 1945
  • After not responding to communications since 9 Apr 1945, USS Snook was presumed lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived off British Malaya to serve on lifeguard station. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Segundo departed for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alderney of the Channel Islands was reoccupied by British troops; the garrison of 3,200 German troops became prisoners of war. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US Army Colonel Albert Caswell Metts, Jr. assisted the five daughters of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, who had been liberated from Dachau Concentration Camp by the American army, to return to Luxembourg. ww2dbase [AC]
Burma
  • William Slim and Aung San met at Meiktila, Burma; Slim later noted that although Aung San had an anti-British history, he was a promising candidate to lead Burma after the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Exiled Czechoslovakian President Eduard Beneš returned to Prague, Czechoslovakia to a rapturous welcome. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Sennet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Inspection of engine overhaul facilities by Vice Admiral JH Newton, USN; Commodore HE Overesh, USN; Captain RE Farnsworth, USN; Commander GC Briant, USNR; Captain EA Tarbutton, USN. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Indian Ocean Japan Pacific Ocean
  • Kamikaze was lightly damaged by British destroyers in the Strait of Malacca; 27 were killed, 14 were wounded. She arrived at Penang, Straits Settlements later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Boarfish departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • The Kukutsu Prisoners of War Camp in northern Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 May 1945
USS Chester at Mare Island Nay Yard on 16 May 1945 after an overhaul that drastically altered her appearance. The foremast was shortened while the mainmast was shifted forward and mounted to the aft smoke stack

16 May 1945 Interactive Map

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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