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8 Jul 1945
  • RAF sergeant Simon Eden, son of British foreign secretary Anthony Eden, was listed as missing in action in Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 9 US carriers, organized into 3 task groups each complete with battleship and cruiser screens, refueled east of Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Over 100 American fighters struck eastern Honshu, Japan from their bases on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | CPC]
  • USS Carbonero completed her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Carbonero | CPC]
  • Subhash Chandra Bose attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Indian National Army War Memorial in Singapore. ww2dbase [Subhash Chandra Bose | CPC]
  • USS Missouri set sail as an escort for carriers. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • The crew of light cruiser Voroshilov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. ww2dbase [Voroshilov | CPC]
Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol boat in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 12 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Boarfish was attacked by bombs by a Japanese aircraft, but sustained no damage. ww2dbase [Boarfish | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas and the replenishment group she was escorting rendezvoused with carrier Task Force 38 east of Iwo Jima for refueling and replenishment. ww2dbase [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | Nicholas | DS]
Russia Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | CPC]
United States
  • In what was later nicknamed as "The Midnight Massacre", US Army prison guard Private Clarence V. Bertucci climbed to the top of a guard tower of the prisoners of war camp in Salina, Utah, United States and fired the mounted M1917 Browning machine gun on tents occupied by German prisoners. His 15 seconds of rampage, during which 250 rounds were fired, killed 6 and wounded 20 (3 of whom would later of their wounds). The victims were later buried with full military honors at Fort Douglas Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Bertucci was admitted into a mental institution in the state of New York in eastern United States. ww2dbase [Salina, Utah | CPC]
  • British carrier HMS Reaper arrived at Newark, New Jersey, United States with a captured German Ar 234 aircraft aboard. ww2dbase [Ar 234 Blitz | Newark, New Jersey | CPC]
  • After loading aircraft and personnel for transportation, escort carrier USS Bogue departed San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Bogue | San Diego, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jul 1945
Oblique aerial view of West Field, Tinian, Mariana Islands, Jul 8, 1945.Battleship USS Iowa and carrier USS Shangri-La receiving fuel from oiler USS Cahaba, 8 Jul 1945. Photo 2 of 5.Essex-class carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (left) and battleship USS Missouri (right) taking fuel from fleet oiler USS Tappahannock (center) east of Iwo Jima, 8 Jul 1945.Battleship USS Iowa and carrier USS Shangri-La receiving fuel from oiler USS Cahaba, 8 Jul 1945. Photo 1 of 5.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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