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22 Jun 1945
  • Mitsuru Ushijima committed ritual suicide at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Mitsuru Ushijima | CPC]
  • The Americans secured Okinawa, Japan. Three months of savage fighting had cost the Japanese 129,700 military and 42,000 civilian dead. Just over 10,000 were taken prisoner. The Japanese had also lost 7,800 aircraft and six capital ships. The Americans had lost 12,520 dead, 36,600 wounded, 763 aircraft destroyed and 40 warships sunk. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was transferred from a makeshift prison cell to the city jail of Wiesbaden, Germany. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • The final Japanese Navy Ohka combat sortie was conducted with six G4M bombers; none hit. ww2dbase [MXY7 Ohka | CPC]
  • USS Menhaden was commissioned into service, Commander David H. McClintock in command. ww2dbase [Menhaden | CPC]
  • USS Hackleback rescued downed pilot Lieutenant Commander C. P. Smith off Sakishima Islands, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Hackleback | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov wrote to Lavrentiy Beria complaining of Ivan Serov's interference with Soviet SMERSH business. Beria, with Joseph Stalin's approval, instead made Serov the plenipotentiary of all Soviet counterintelligence in Germany, thus expanding NKVD's control over SMERSH in the occupied country. Abakumov refused to allow his subordinates to follow Serov's command, however, thus Serov's authority would only be nominal. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • USS Parche sank two small Japanese boats and damaged a third in the Tsugara Strait between Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • I-14 arrived at Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [I-14 | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale began patrolling waters between Japan and Wake Atoll. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • 3 B-24 bombers of 65th Bomb Squadron, USAAF 43rd Bombardment Group attacked Japanese Navy Oil Refinery No. 6 (USAAF referred to this facility as the "Toshien Oil Refinery") at Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan with several 1,000-pound bombs. Smoke and cloud cover prevented the observation of bomb damage. ww2dbase [Takao Guard District | Takao | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Jun 1945
Raising the US flag on Okinawa, Japan, 22 Jun 1945Detention report of Wilhelm Keitel, containing mugshots taken on 22 Jun 1945Hermann Göring

22 Jun 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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