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29 May 1945
  • USS Cod arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands for refitting, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • Jisaburo Ozawa was named the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Jisaburo Ozawa | CPC]
  • US 10th Army captured Shuri Castle at Okinawa, Japan. Off the coast, Japanese special attack aircraft damaged 2 destroyers. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the third time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
  • Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front was renamed Northern Group of Military Forces, or SGV. Konstantin Rokossovsky remained the commanding officer of the group. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | CPC]
  • USS Bluegill landed US and Australian personnel on Pratas of the Pratas Islands (Chinese: Dongsha Islands) in the South China Sea and destroyed the Japanese radio tower, weather station, fuel, ammunition dump, and several buildings. The operation was unopposed as the Japanese had already abandoned the island. ww2dbase [Bluegill | Pratas, Pratas Islands | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany Guam
  • USS Flying Fish departed Guam, Mariana Islands for her twelfth war patrol. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Submarines USS Flying Fish, Bowfin, and Tinosa, the “Bob’s Bobcats” element of “Hydeman’s Hellcats,” departed Guam bound for the Sea of Japan. ww2dbase [Bowfin | Flying Fish | Tinosa | Apra Harbor | DS]
  • American B-25 bombers from Okinawa conducted a raid on Tokyo, Japan, while 454 B-29 bombers (escorted by 101 P-51 fighters) firebombed Yokohama, Japan. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Japanese pilto Second Lieutenant Kiyoharu Kawada (Roh Yong-U) rammed his Ki-45 Toryu heavy fighter into an attacking US B-29 Superfortress bomber (serial 42-24894) over Oi River, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, destroying the bomber but also sacrificing himself. ww2dbase [Yong-U Roh | Shizuoka | CPC]
  • USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese convoy east of the southern tip of Karafuto, Japan (now Sakhalin, Russia), sinking a freighter and damaging another, hitting them with four of six torpedoes. As the escort vessels counterattacked, she fired three salvos of four, three, and then four torpedoes at them, all of which missed, but she was able to escape from the counterattack. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Hokkaido | CPC]
Korea Pacific Ocean
  • USS Segundo encountered several vessels in the East China Sea; she seven two-masted schooners her crew identified as Japanese with the deck gun. ww2dbase [Segundo | East China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea between Sumatra and Java with four torpedoes and observed at least one explosion against an oiler; she was severely damaged in the subsequent depth charge counterattack, but she would be able to set sail for home. ww2dbase [Boarfish | Java Sea | CPC]
  • The BI-7 rocket-powered prototype aircraft underwent a unpowered glider test at Khimki near Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [BI | Khimki, Moscow | CPC]
  • Vasily Kuznetsov was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Vasily Kuznetsov | CPC]
  • 14 of the 25 captured US Army and US Navy airmen imprisoned at the Taihoku Prison in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan were sentenced to death by firing squad; the execution was to be carried out on 19 Jun 1945 ww2dbase [Taihoku Prison | Taihoku | CPC]
  • 100 American B-24 bombers conducted a raid on Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 29 May 1945
Tautog underway, 29 May 1945B-29 bombers of US 500th Bomb Group dropping incendiary bombs over Yokohama, Japan, 29 May 1945A sign erected by the British at the site of the former Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (the camp had been burned to the ground to control the spread of typhus), 29 May 1945.William Joyce in an ambulance under armed guard with a thigh gunshot wound, Flensburg, Germany, 29 May 1945, photo 3 of 3
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