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24 Jul 1945
  • I-402 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Chub sank a Japanese tug in the Java Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Harry Truman informed Soviet leader Joseph Stalin that the United States had successfully constructed atomic weapons. Stalin showed surprise, but in actuality he had already learned this through the Soviet intelligence network. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Allied Control Commission for Austria was established in Vienna. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • More than 100 B-24 bombers based in Okinawa, Japan attacked Japanese airfields at Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Gunnel arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was hit by a bomb or a rocket during an attack by US aircraft at Kure, Japan; the damage was minor. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 pounded shipping and installations around the Kure naval base. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Settsu was attacked by 30 US Navy F6F-3 fighters while off Kure, Hiroshima, Japan after 1500 hours, suffering one direct bomb hit and five near misses. Captain Masanao Ofuji grounded her on the island of Etajima to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • British TF 37 launched 416 sorties, 261 of which were sent against the Japanese home islands and 155 were for defensive patrols; escort carrier Kaiyo was damaged by British carrier planes. On the same day, American TF 38 launched 600 aircraft against Kure, Nagoya, Osaka, and Miho, sinking battleship-carrier Hyuga, heavy cruiser Tone, and target ship Settsu, and damaging carrier Ryuho, carrier Amagi, battleship-carrier Ise, battleship Haruna, heavy cruiser Aoba, light cruiser Oyodo, transport Kiyokawa Maru; the Aichi aircraft factories at Nagoya were seriously damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • A test bomb in the shape of the atomic bomb Little Boy, designated L-2, was dropped in the sea near Tinian, Mariana Islands from a B-29 bomber piloted by Paul Tibbets. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The destroyer escort USS Underhill was sunk off the Philippine Islands by a Japanese Kaiten midget submarine with the loss of 112 crew. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Bugara sank 4 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin fired three torpedoes at a Japanese oiler in the East China Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • General Henry Arnold, head of the USAAF, was presented with a top-secret memorandum specifying possible targets recommended for attack with atomic bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jul 1945
US Assistant Secretary of State William Clayton arriving for the Potsdam Conference, Germany, 24 Jul 1945P-51C Mustang of the 311th Fighter Group escorting C-47 Skytrain transports over a terraced landscape in China, July 24 1945Tone under air attack near Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraftJapanese tanker under air attack, Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945
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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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