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30 May 1945
  • USS Croaker attacked a small Japanese convoy consisted of three small oilers and an armed escort; firing a total of 21 torpedoes, 3 of them made contact, and she claimed to have sunk two oilers and the escort vessel, but the sinkings were not confirmed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a small Japanese patrol vessel west of Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the morning and a transport with torpedoes in the afternoon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Chub attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US P-47 aircraft from Ie Shima attacked Japanese shipping and the lighthouse at Amami Oshima, which was part of the Ryukyu Islands north of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The remainder of General Seiei Yamamoto's troops in Burma was effectively wiped out. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Gao Youxin, flying a P-51 Mustang fighter, led 15 others for a fighter sweep over Nanjing, China. He was credited with one victory, a Ki-43-II aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • French guns shelled the centre of Damascus in Syria-Lebanon, damaging the Syrian government building and Government House. In addition there was much street fighting between French and Syrian troops. That evening General Charles de Gaulle ordered a cease fire; some hours prior Winston Churchill sent him a note demanding an immediate French cease fire and return to barracks. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall attacked a group of small Japanese vessels in the Gulf of Thailand with her deck gun, sinking seven. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-67, the last returning Allied arctic convoy, arrived at Clyde, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 May 1945
Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team at Memorial Day service, Le Fay, France, 30 May 1945Aerial photo of Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany, circa May-Jun 1945The Berlin Zoo flak tower after the battle, Germany, 1945; note two destroyed IS-2 tanks in foreground

30 May 1945 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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