24 Apr 1945
  • Tranquility was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cod unsuccessfully attacked a Japanese convoy and was subjected to a heavy depth charge barrage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr departed the naval base at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese transport east of Kamaichi, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian First and British Second Armies entered Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The United Kingdom abolished black-out with the exception of certain coastal areas. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The American destroyer escort USS Frederick C. Davis was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-546 off the Atlantic coast. ww2dbase [AC]
Burma
  • Indian 5th Division captured Toungoo, Burma and advanced further to Penwegu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The final 50 troops of the all-female Rani of the Jhansi Regiment loyal to Indian nationalist and Japanese collaborator Subhas Chandra Bose withdrew from their base in Rangoon, Burma for Bangkok, Thailand. Two women were killed by a British advance patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • US First Army liberated Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
  • US Seventh Army crossed the Danube River to capture Ulm, Germany. Also in southern Germany, US 3rd Army reached the Danube River. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Italy
  • US Fifth Army drove through Mantua on its way north along the Italian coast while British Eighth Army attacked across the Po River and captured Parma. The two columns made contact as British 6th Armoured Division linked up with US 10th Mountain Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The final mission involving Italian motor torpedo boats against Allied targets was launched, involving four boats. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Taiwan
  • A-20 aircraft of USAAF 3rd Bombardment Group attacked the Nansei sugar plant at Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan at noon, escorted by 12 P-38 fighters, causing damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1945
M24 Chaffee light tank of US Army 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945US Senator Alben Barkley visiting Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Weimar, Germany, 24 Apr 1945US 3rd Army soldier guarding loot found stored in the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) at the Ellingen Castle in southern Germany, 24 Apr 1945A B-29 Superfortress crashed during an attempted emergency landing on Iwo Jima Apr 24, 1945 and ran into nine P-51 Mustangs. Ground personnel wait behind a Jeep for all ammunition to cook off.
See all photos dated 24 Apr 1945

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

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