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4 Aug 1945
  • USS Carbonero departed the Philippine Islands for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Macabi arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese guards executed seven captured American airmen in Singapore. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Army B-25 bombers based on Okinawa, Japan attacked Takanabe, Kyushu, Japan, damaging or destroying warehouses, factories, railways, and a rail marshaling yard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In a public statement, Douglas MacArthur announced that "a mighty invasion force is being forged", referring to the seemingly impending invasion of the Japanese home islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US bombers attacked Japanese positions at Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • I-14 arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands at 1730 hours and disembarked her two M6A1 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 52 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale arrived off Bungo Channel between Japanese islands of Kyushu and Shikoku. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank 3 small Japanese vessels in the Gulf of Thailand and 2 small Japanese vessels in the South China Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 3 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Bergall arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German prisoner of war Kurt Rossmeisl escaped from imprisonment in North Carolina, United States and evaded the immediate search. He would later board a train for Chicago, Illinois, United States, established a false identity as "Frank Ellis", and remained at large until 1959. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Aug 1945
Some of the 93 Indianapolis survivors delivered to Peleliu by the USS Cecil J Doyle, 4 Aug 1945African-American soldiers of the US Army awaiting transportation to the front lines of the Pacific War, 4 Aug 1945

4 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal