30 Jan 1945
  • USS Kete arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur ordered Major General Verne Mudge of the US 1st Cavalry Division to conduct a rapid advance on Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 500 Allied prisoners of war were rescued at Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippine Islands by a raid conducted by the US Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German passenger liner Wilhelm Gustloff was attacked and sunk by a Soviet submarine off Gotenhafen, East Prussia, Germany (now Gdynia, Poland), killing 8,000 of the 9,000 passengers onboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was ordered to join the Army Group Vistula on the Eastern Front. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Albert Speer noted to Adolf Hitler that, having lost the Silesia region to Soviet forces, Germany had now lost an important source of coal and steel, the war was now lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • While transporting civilians from Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany, German Navy passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by Soviet submarine S-13, taking somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 lives, possibly making it the greatest loss of life in a maritime disaster in history. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: The first WAVE officer reported for duty this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 1 torpedo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Luce departed for Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Russian monarchist Vasili Shulgin, who had been arrested in Yugoslavia in Dec 1944, was brought to Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Government called on every firm and factory to cut the use of gas and electricity by 10 percent without jeopardising essential war work. ww2dbase [AC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1945
German Volkssturm troops with Panzerfäuste at Königsberg, Germany, Jan 1945Prime Minister John Curtin, Governor General Prince Henry, former Prime Minister Arthur Fadden (background), former Prime Minister Billy Hughes, and former Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 30 Jan 1945Map of the Villa Verde trail used by the US 32nd Infantry Division during the Luzon Campaign, Jan 30 through May 28, 1945Taichu Airfield under attack by USS Ticonderoga carrier aircraft, Taichu (now Taichung), Taiwan, 3 Jan 1945, photo 3 of 3

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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