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2 Aug 1945
  • On the island of Sado, off Honshu, Japan, 387 allied prisoners working as slave labourers in an ore mine were deliberately entombed and left to suffocate below ground when the Japanese blew up the facility and tried to obliterate any trace of the camp before the Allies inevitably arrive. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Bernard Montgomery was awarded the Order of the Elephant of Denmark. ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | CPC]
  • Divers from USS Chanticleer discovered the wreck of destroyer Yuzuki under 70 feet of water near Cebu, Philippine Islands. Inspection operations by divers would last until 4 Aug 1945 to recover decoding machines in the radio shack. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • A number of survivors of cruiser USS Indianapolis, which was sunk 4 days prior, were found. ww2dbase [Indianapolis | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a small Japanese vessel in the Gulf of Thailand with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bugara sank 1 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area before dawn, and 5 more during the day. ww2dbase [Bugara | CPC]
  • Four of the ten sections of USS ABSD-1 arrived at Manicani Bay, Samar, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [ABSD-1 | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • King George VI met with President Harry Truman on board HMS Renown in Plymouth Sound. The US President had flown from Germany to an airport in Devon, England, United Kingdom, and had toured the city of Plymouth. ww2dbase [Renown | AC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Aug 1945
MacArthur smoking his corncob pipe, probably at Manila, Philippine Islands, 2 Aug 1945King George VI inspecting the crew of USS Augusta, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom, 2 Aug 1945Map depicting the proposed invasion routes of Operation CoronetEstimated Japanese troop depositions in Kyushu, Japan, 2 Aug 1945
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2 Aug 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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