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9 Aug 1945
  • Medical staff aboard USS Alabama visited destroyers USS Ault and USS Borie to provide medical assistance. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • USS Chub sank a small Japanese vessel in the Java Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
  • USS Sennet ended her fuorth war patrol. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived at Borneo, Dutch East Indies and destroyed the Japanese radio station at Tambelan. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | 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 [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | 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 [Manchurian Strategic Offensive | 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]
  • 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]
  • Du Yuming arrived at Chongqing, China to meet with Chiang Kaishek, planning for a campaign against General Long Yun of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Chongqing | 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 [Manchurian Strategic Offensive | Puyi | Changchun, Jilin | CPC]
French Indochina
  • A small nationalist coup failed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ww2dbase [Phnom Penh, Cambodia | 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 [Hisaichi Terauchi | Saigon, Cochinchine | CPC]
Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale made rendezvous with USS Blackfish in the Pacific Ocean and received 16 rescued aviators. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Wasp was nearly hit by a Japanese special attack aircraft off Japan. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking three small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Blenny | South China Sea | 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 [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Minoru Wada | DS]
Taiwan United States Photo(s) dated 9 Aug 1945
Japanese B7A aircraft crashing into the sea off the starboard bow of USS Wasp, off Japan, 9 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 2; note two Fletcher-class destroyers in foregroundJapanese B7A aircraft crashing into the sea off the starboard bow of USS Wasp, off Japan, 9 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 2; note two Fletcher-class destroyers in foregroundOn the return trip aboard a USMC PBJ Mitchell bomber, Japanese POW 2Lt Minoru Wada contemplates the bombing raid he just helped the Americans execute, Aug 9, 1945, Mindanao, PhilippinesMaeil Sinbo (predecessor of Seoul Sinmun) headlines, 9 Aug 1945: Death of Prince Yi U (center) and
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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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