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24 Jul 1945
  • 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 [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • I-402 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [I-402 | CPC]
  • USS Chub sank a Japanese tug in the Java Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
  • The Allied Control Commission for Austria was established in Vienna. ww2dbase [Vienna | CPC]
  • More than 100 B-24 bombers based in Okinawa, Japan attacked Japanese airfields at Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Shanghai | CPC]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed Guam bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Apra Harbor | DS]
Hawaii Japan
  • 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 [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | Shangri-La | Settsu | Ryuho | Tone | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Hosho | Kaiyo | Oyodo | Aoba | Haruna | Hyuga | Ise | Amagi | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
Mariana Islands Pacific Ocean
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Blenny | South China Sea | 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 [Bugara | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin fired three torpedoes at a Japanese oiler in the East China Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Sea Robin | East China Sea | CPC]
  • The destroyer escort USS Underhill was sunk off the Philippine Islands by a Japanese Kaiten midget submarine with the loss of 112 crew. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | AC]
  • United States Navy carriers launched air strikes against the Kure area of southern Japan. One F6F Hellcat flying from USS Independence was damaged by cruiser fire near Tanabe Bay and was forced to ditch. The pilot, Lt Burdick Burtch, was picked-up safely by rescue submarine USS Silversides. ww2dbase [Silversides | Independence | DS]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Steamer Bay launched all flyable aircraft (30 planes) for transfer to Orote Field, Guam. Steamer Bay arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam later that same day where she unloaded all non-flyable aircraft (3 planes), all aviation fuel, and all aircraft parts and components. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | DS]
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 [Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | 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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