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28 Jun 1945
  • 29 American B-29 bombers laid naval mines in three harbors, including Kobe, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • General MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance throughout the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • The US War Department ordered 150 million incendiary bombs, amounting to some 850,000 tons, to be employed over the next twelve months against Japanese industrial targets. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | AC]
  • Freighter USS Antares spotted a periscope and wake 100 yards from her starboard quarter off Saipan, Mariana Islands at 1329 hours. A hard maneuver to the starboard side avoided the torpedo, but the crew soon spotted a kaiten human-piloted torpedo approaching from the port side. At 1331, the freighter began firing at the kaiten, hitting it with the 2-inch gun and destroying it. At 1344 hours, another periscope was spotted; her guns opened fire on it, but the Japanese submarine I-36 would be able to dive and flee the area. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | CPC]
  • Dong Zhao was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Morotai escorting a convoy bound for Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • Cruiser USS Detroit, destroyer USS Nicholas, and 15 other destroyers departed San Pedro Bay in Leyte Gulf, Philippines bound for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Dutch East Indies
  • USS Columbia arrived off Balikpapan, Borneo to escort minesweepers. ww2dbase [Columbia | Borneo | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin ordered the planning for war with Japan, adding that "[a]ll preparations were to be carried out in the greatest secrecy" as the Soviet Union and Japan were still engaged in neutrality with each other per the 1941 pact. ww2dbase [Manchurian Strategic Offensive | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1945
Beaufighter aircraft of No. 31 Squadron RAAF landing at an airfield on Tarakan Island off Borneo, 28 Jun 1945

28 Jun 1945 Interactive Map

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