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9 Aug 1945
  • USS Chub sank a small Japanese vessel in the Java Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived at Borneo, Dutch East Indies and destroyed the Japanese radio station at Tambelan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet ended her fuorth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Medical staff aboard USS Alabama visited destroyers USS Ault and USS Borie to provide medical assistance. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 258 British Avenger, Corsair, Hellcat, Firefly, and Seafire carrier aircraft of Task Force 37 expended more than 120 tons of bombs and cannon shells on targets in and near the Japanese home islands. Meanwhile, American battleships USS South Dakota, USS Indiana, and USS Massachusetts bombarded Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan. 850 16-inch shells from battleships, 1,440 8-inch shells from cruisers, and 2,500 5-inch shells from destroyers were fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At one minute after midnight, Soviet troops crossed the border into northeastern China, which was administered by the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray won the last Victoria Cross of the war (posthumously) when his Corsair fighter-bomber was shot down in flames off the Japanese mainland during an attack on the destroyer, Amakusa, which he sank. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Du Yuming arrived at Chongqing, China to meet with Chiang Kaishek, planning for a campaign against General Long Yun of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Emperor Kangde of the puppet nation of Manchukuo was advised that his capital would soon be relocated from Xinjing (Changchun), Jilin Province, China to Tonghua, Andong Province, China as a response to the Soviet invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Chinese Communist leadership toyed with the notion of moving the New Fourth Army into Shanghai, China ahead of the arrival of US or Nationalist Chinese troops, but the notion was quickly abandoned when it was realized that the New Fourth Army would be far too weak to embark on such a mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • A small nationalist coup failed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Sukarno, Mohammad Hatta, and Radjiman Wediodiningrat flew to Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina to meet with Field Marshal Terauchi Hisaichi. Sukarno was made the head of the Indonesian independence committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on northern Honshu and southern Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Air Group 87 aircraft from USS Ticonderoga struck Honshu, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped the atomic bomb "Fat Man" on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, killing 40,000 to 75,000 immediately. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale made rendezvous with USS Blackfish in the Pacific Ocean and received 16 rescued aviators. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking three small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp was nearly hit by a Japanese special attack aircraft off Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • On Mindanao in the Philippines, captured Japanese Army officer Minoru Wada flew with US Marine Mitchell bombers to guide them to the Japanese Army 100th Infantry Division headquarters. The complex was destroyed and the fighting on Mindanao ended. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • US B-24 bombers attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Sargent Bay arrived at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California for overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Mingo completed her overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Aug 1945
Captain McVay of Indianapolis spoke of the sinking at Guam, Aug 1945Battleship Massachusetts firing a full main battery salvo at Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan, 9 Aug 1945; note projectiles in flight at upper leftBattleship Massachusetts bombarding Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan, 9 Aug 1945Telegram from Samuel Cavert to Harry Truman regarding the use of atomic bombs on Japan, 9 Aug 1945, 1 of 2
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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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935